The Wright Sisters Group | Union Realty Brokerage Inc. - The Beaches, Leslieville, Riverdale and East York Real Estate Specialists – Your East End Toronto Real Estate Team
18 August 2020
Melanie Wright

How’s your summer going? What happened to those exciting vacation plans that you made early on in the year while we still had snow on the ground and the ability to travel? Did you spend time in January researching, dreaming and planning a great summer get away? Perhaps you wanted to tour a few European cities and relax on the Almalfi coast, or if you are anything like me and my family, you truly love being local during our beautiful summer season and spending a few months outdoors in Ontario. Maybe you even set your sights on touring the country on a great Canadian vacation pre-COVID.

On the bright side, most people have their travel vouchers ready for 2021 and are reimagining a great summer get away then. But what to do now, in the summer of 2020?

Even if your plans already included the usual staycation highlights like a trip to the CN Tower, a visit to Casaloma or some concerts at Ontario Place, COVID will have changed your itinerary as well. So we thought it may be helpful to gather a list of super fun, safe summer activities to make your staycation a little more like a vacation.

Everyone needs a vacation even if that downtime is spent close to home. I recently read that 55% of people did not take or plan to take their allotted vacation time. Everyone needs to recharge and when you are working from home, and not leaving your home office, achieving that free and fun-loving vacation feeling can take some work.

It all starts with a plan and a change of mind set. Book your days off. It may sound silly but even if you are not leaving the house mark yourself “out of office” and change your email responder to say you are on vacation. Edit your voicemail to let colleagues and clients know that you are “out of office” and tell them when you will be back. Take the downtime without your phone.

Planning a series of day trips will give you something new to look forward to each day. Now that we have entered Phase Three there are so many more options to keep your days fun-filled and exciting. Remember in this new normal you may have to make a reservation. You can always hit the usual go-to spots which are open and ready for business, like the Riverdale Zoo or the Toronto Zoo, Centre Island or any of the numerous hiking trails you have always wanted to explore.

Here are some useful links:

What's Open in Toronto

Fun Things to do in Toronto with Kids This Summer

Hiking Trails in Toronto