- Paddle Lake Ontario: Rent a kayak or canoe from the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre and explore Toronto’s waterfront from an aquatic vantage point. The traffic in the channel between Toronto and the Island can get congested, and traversing the waterway is best left to black-belt paddlers. For a mellow day, follow the shoreline east to the Leslie Street Spit. This manmade peninsula is home to heaps of beautiful birds, including a colony of double-crested cormorants.
- Reel in a Salmon: Lake Ontario is home to some serious fish (trout, pike, and pickerel, to name a few), but the best trophies swimming the depths are chinook salmon, which can reach up to 50 pounds. Chinook are beasts; they’ll take hundreds of feet of line at such an impressive pace that it can cause the reel to smoke from friction. Fishing charters like Epic Sport Fishing have all the equipment and know-how needed to make for a breezy day of casting.
- Bike the Town: Grab a bike from one of the hundreds of Bike Share Toronto stands and explore the town on two wheels. The Martin Goodman Trail, which runs from the Beaches neighborhood to the Humber River along the waterfront, is car-free and takes you through park after waterside park.
- Scale a Frozen Waterfall: Drive 45 minutes east from Toronto, and you’ll reach the waterfall capital of the world: Hamilton. Toronto’s neighboring city is surrounded by more than 130 waterfalls. In the summer, cycling routes and hiking trails deliver you past the flowing stunners. In winter, these falls turn into slippery sheets of ice. If you're an intrepid type (or just a Sir Edmund Hillary wannabe), you can attempt to scale the falls via ice axe, crampons, and rope. One Axe Pursuits provides the equipment and the training.
- Skydiving at the CN Tower: Okay, it’s not really skydiving…but it’s close. From the ground, it looks simply mad, but the EdgeWalk is a thrill-seekers’ dream. You're locked into a harness attached to a pulley system as you navigate the narrow ledge circling the perimeter of the tower’s main pod. Not for vertigo sufferers!
- Yogic SUP: Achieve inner peace while balancing atop a stand-up paddleboard: The smallest of waves makes a downward dog at risk of becoming a wet dog. It’s hard, but finish the hour-and-half-long class without getting soaked and you’ll have balancing bragging rights. Toronto Island Stand Up Paddle Boarding offers biweekly classes throughout the summer.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.