Etobicoke and its neighbourhoods likeThe Kingsway are vibrant areas with lots to do in the summer. Whether you want to get out into nature, enjoy international cuisine at a street festival, or dress to the nines at the racetrack, there’s something for everyone in Etobicoke. Just west of Toronto, it’s the perfect day trip from the city, or if you’re lucky enough to live there, you can enjoy some of these activities on the daily! Take a look at 5 things to do this summer in Etobicoke and The Kingsway!
1. Mimico Waterfront Park
A 1.1km multi-use waterfront trail, you can enjoy beaches, boardwalks and a small wetland habitat at Mimico Waterfront Park. With a beautiful shoreline that provides you with spectacular views of the city, you can walk, cycle or skate along the boardwalk taking in the sights. Located on the east shore of Lake Ontario in Etobicoke, head there to enjoy recreational activities along the trail and enhanced shoreline. It’s a must-visit this summer!
2. James Gardens
If you feel like getting out into nature, head to James Gardens, a public botanical garden located on the west bank of the Humber River. Known for its gorgeous gardens, stone pathways, spring-fed pools and streams, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy. The park also features the historic James Gazebo, terraced pathways, lawn bowling and a scenic lookout over the Humber Valley.
3. Woodbine Racetrack
Spending a day at the Woodbine Racetrack is always tons of fun. The venue hosts live racing every weekend and most Wednesdays, and there are always special events to look out for. This summer you can experience events such as Breeders’ Stakes on August 17, where you can watch exciting races with food and drink specials, and the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 14, a dress-to-impress event with star-studded racing, gourmet food and signature drinks.
4. Taste of the Kingsway
From September 6-8, you can experience the Taste of the Kingsway walking along Bloor Street West. This family-friendly festival will have over 100 vendors and exhibitors, plus lots of entertainment to enjoy. Two of the entertainment stages will feature tribute bands including Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Shania Twain, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, Neil Diamond and more! With culinary vendors that will give you a taste of worldly cuisines, this is a festival you don’t want to miss!
5. Etienne Brulé Park
Located in the Humber River valley near The Kingsway, Etienne Brulé Park is a hidden gem. It’s a gateway to the Humber River trail system where you can walk or bike and take in all the beauty the area has to offer. There are places to picnic and barbecue and sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to see wildlife like deer and ducks. You’ll also find a baseball diamond and hiking trail signage along the way that highlights the area’s history.
Whether you live in Etobicoke or are planning to venture to these areas this summer, these 5 activities will ensure your summer is one of the best yet!