I’ve now lived in Toronto for 2 years and I realized that I never post about the fun things travelers can do here! So to celebrate the start of summer, I’m going to post about some of my favourite things to do in and around Toronto that may not be on the typical traveler’s radar. If you’ve already done the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, Casa Loma, and the like, or just want to do something a little different, I’ve got some ideas for you. Fellow Torontonians can partake as well!Here’s my first suggestion: go strawberry picking! Ontario strawberries are sweet, delicious, and ripe this time of year and these little jewels sure beats the huge, slightly more tasteless, supermarket fare. There’s a few choices close to town. This weekend I went to Organics Family Farm in Markham, a friendly family-run farm about a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Toronto. For a $7 admission deposit, the kids (and young at heart) even get a tractor ride out to the strawberry fields. The $7 admission deposit can then be used towards your strawberry purchase when you’re done. You do have to make a minimum purchase of $7 per person though so keep it in mind if you’re planning to go with lots of kids whose nimble fingers might be better at eating strawberries in the field rather than filling your strawberry basket. There’s also a small market selling baked goods and fresh produce.
Tips if you’re planning to go:
- Bring your own basket or purchase one at the farm for $1-$3
- Dress appropriately, it’s a strawberry field after all so your favourite white shoes might not be the best choice.
Have fun! Let me know how it goes!