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Best Places for a Picnic in Toronto

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Seeing as the temperature is starting to warm up in the city, it's time to start exploring and heading outdoors. Summer is great in the city, everyone comes alive, there's so much to do, so many patios, events, and concerts. With that in mind, there's nothing quite like hanging out with your friends and having a drink or two outside on the grass. Keep reading for some great places to hit up with your friends!

High Park
Located right off the subway, slightly west of the city, a huge park that includes a small pond (lake?), a tennis court, playgrounds and in the summer, they also have Shakspeare shows during the entire summer. I highly recommend checking the shows out, it's a recommended donation of $20 and they put on two shows a summer, rotating shows every other day. You can go to the park and have a picnic before hitting up the show. This is perfect for a date night or with your friends, especially seeing as it's all outside so you can enjoy the weather.

Sunnyside Beach
If you keep walking south from High Park, you'll hit Sunnyside beach. Although a small beach there's also a number of small cafes and restaurants along the beach as well as a huge outdoor swimming pool. If there's a heat warning in the city then this pool is one of the ones that is open until 11pm for swimming and it's glorious. I highly recommend going swimming late in the evening if the weather permits it.

Trinity Bellwoods Park
Located in the middle of the city, it's easy to get to with a lot of stores, cafes, restaurants and coffee shops right around the corner. A lot of people will hit up Ihalo Crunch Ice Cream or La Diperie which is right across the street. Somehow, I've never actually hung out here other than walking through it a few times. Maybe that'll change sometime this summer? * hint hint, nudge nudge to my friends*

Centre Island
This one does require a boat to get too so make sure that you plan for a full day because waiting for the boat can take up a fair bit of time. You have great views of the city, a number of beaches, you can make a picnic, go swimming, rent bikes (or bring your bikes on the ferry) and enjoy the time away from the city (even though you're still in the city, just over the pond slightly).

Woodbine Beach
The OG place for all Torontonians, if you're hitting up the beach then this is the place to go. It's huge with a bike path, outdoor pool and decent swimming conditions (as good as it can get at least). The sand is really nice and there are tons of volleyball nets.

Of course, all of this is weather permitting. Let me know your favourite places for a picnic, and I'll see you on Wednesday for my next blog post.

xx Diana
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