Family Fun Outside Of The Home As We Enter Phase 2
As we enter Ontario's phase 2 of reopening, here's where families can find activities and fun, outside of the home. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy responsibly, and to observe the safety guidelines outlined by health officials. This includes maintaining physical distancing in public spaces, wearing a mask if you cannot distance, washing hands and avoid touching your face, in an effort to continue reducing the spread of COVID-19.
As of Friday, June 12, families in Ontario are able to expand their family bubbles with the new 'Social Circle' initiative, to reduce the effect of social isolation. This allows you to create a safe social circle of up to 10 friends and family who can interact without physical distancing. It's important to limit all your activities to your new group. Social gatherings have been increased to 10 people, however you still need to maintain physical distancing within this group.
City parks are open and most park amenities can be used except for playgrounds. Trinity Bellwoods Park has grids of painted circles roughly 10 to 12 feet apart across popular areas of the park, as part of a pilot project to assist with physical distancing. Washrooms are starting to open in parks and you can get the list of the ones available here. You'll find the latest City of Toronto updates here by clicking on the Parks tab. For GTA parks & amenities, check your local city website for updates.
Beaches and Campsites to Open at Ontario Parks
Starting June 12, 2020 and over the next several weeks, Ontario Parks will start opening campgrounds, with washrooms and drinking water, along with roofed accommodations, park store and rental operations, visitor centres, and sports fields. Ontario Park beaches will also open as of June 12. On June 15, campers enrolled in this year's Ontario Parks' Seasonal Campsite Program will have access to their campsites at the majority of participating provincial parks. Beginning the week of June 22, all other campgrounds in regions entering Stage 2 will gradually open at provincial parks. Visit www.ontarioparks.com to check for available services before heading out to a park. KOA Ontario provides a list of campgrounds with their opening dates. Camping in Ontario also provides great resources.
As of June 1, Parks Canada started a gradual opening of some its outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at certain locations. All camping facilities in National Parks remain closed until June 21. Group activities and public events are still prohibited until further notice. Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places remain open. Get updates from Parks Canada here.
Toronto & GTA Beaches
Lifeguards will return to supervise six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on June 22. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard or outside designated swim areas is not recommended. You can also get a list of major beaches in the GTA here but check all websites to find out if they are open and supervised.
2 Treetop Trekking Locations Reopening
Ready to play outdoors again? Treetop Trekking is resuming some of its activities outside of the GTA — perfect for families looking for a little getaway to escape the city (and their homes). June 12 marks the date of the Hamilton location reopening — the park is located along the shores of Lake Niapenco, within Binbrook Conservation Area. The Barrie location will also open as of June 19. More
Many Ontario resorts are preparing to reopen this month. Availability of activities and facilities will be based on provincial restrictions in place and may be subject to change. Check individual resort websites as information will be updated once restrictions ease and resort experiences are able to evolve. Get a list of Ontario Resorts here.
Toronto Botanical Gardens & Edwards Gardens
These two gardens and the Don Valley ravine are open for you to enjoy while practicing physical distancing. The parking lot is also open. For now, the main building, shop and washrooms are closed. There are no educational programs being conducted at this time. More info
More City Gardens
Explore and be inspired by the city’s many gardens and conservatories which have reopened. Get the list and follow guidelines here.
Downsview Park is open however the playground, basketball court, and washrooms are closed. Parking lots are now open as well. Park officials request that you leave no trace when you visit so that means taking your garbage with you to protect workers and help keep the park clean. More info
Toronto Zoo Scenic Drive-Thru Experience
Families can now take a drive on the wild side! This visit will be unlike any you’ve had in the past as you see the Zoo from an entirely new perspective. You’ll be driving on staff-only roads, pedestrian walkways through the Zoo site, and even through the lion cave in the African Savanna. Tickets are now on sale for June 22 to 28. Note that this event has been selling out quickly. More
Drive-In Theatres Are Re-Opening
Drive-in theatres in Ontario were given the go-ahead to re-open for business as of Sunday, May 31. Families will now be able to catch a flick outside of the home. Here's a list of drive-in theatres located in and around the GTA area. Check individual websites for exact reopening dates. More
TRCA conservation parks are now open for day use activities including walking, running, biking in parks and on trails. Fishing is permitted with a license. The parks are asking that you review their COVID-19 protocols prior to visiting. General admission fees apply. Credit or debit payments are accepted, no cash. The number of visitors may be limited to respect physical distancing requirements. In keeping with the Government of Ontario’s restrictions for safety, amenities including washrooms, playgrounds, fitness equipment, and rentals are unavailable until further notice. More
Some Farmers' Markets are Open
The St. Lawrence Market is now open as a public food market. The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Farmers Market and Evergreen Garden Market are now operating. The City of Toronto is working closely with market organizers for the reopening of other City Farmers' markets. More
Some parks including TRCA Parks and Ontario Parks are allowing fishing with a licence so you'll need to check your fishing destination's website for details. Don't have licence? The Ontario Family Fishing Events allow for fishing without a licence during designated times of the year. This summer, the dates are: June 20 – 21, 2020 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday) and July 4 – 12, 2020 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday).
SafewaysTO is a new initiative that offers Torontonians an emerging network of increasingly-vital safe, linear public spaces or “safeways” (including bike lanes, multi-use trails, parks and ActiveTO closures), providing city-dwellers expanded routes to navigate and enjoy on foot and by active transportation safely. More
Due to the rapidly-evolving nature of the COVID-19 response, some information may become outdated. Always, check links provided for the latest announcements.