Sunny days are plenty now that summer in Toronto is in full force. If you’re looking to beat the heat, here are a few of our favorite places to cool down in style, whether it’s poolside or beachside.
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
Over at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, avoid the outdoor heat by basking in the soothing relaxation of the exotic Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.
Enjoy a traditional hammam — a steamy experience complete with a luxurious exfoliation done with eucalyptus-infused soap and other Middle Eastern touches. Add a massage for the ultimate stress relief. Sit back in the Moroccan-style lounge cabanas or hang out on the spa’s outdoor patio, a cozy oasis in the heart of the city.
Situated right on the beach boardwalk in the west end of the city, Sunnyside Beach Park has been a Toronto staple for locals looking for some good old-fashioned summertime fun since the late 1800s.
The area offers a massive outdoor swimming pool, beach volleyball, a children’s playground and easy access for a quick dip in Lake Ontario. The iconic pavilion building (built by Alfred Chapman and James Oxley, the same designers behind Princes’ Gates at Exhibition Place) is now the Sunnyside Café, and you can stop in for a quick refreshment before heading back onto the boardwalk that lines the lakeshore.
Over on King West, the always-stylish Thompson Toronto, a Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel, boasts a rooftop infinity pool with a stellar view of the city. Though there’s room for just a few cabanas for sunbathers, the rooftop patio and bar does have lounge-style outdoor seating.
Find your spot and order the Biloxi Story (Hennessey, rum, lime juice, simple syrup and black walnut bitters) or one of the other deliciously crafted cocktails to add some chill to your night.
Cabana Pool Bar
The city’s hottest escape officially opened on June 11 with all the sophistication and style that one might expect via a grand-opening party presented by Moët & Chandon. With the bubbly flowing freely, partake in the South Beach–inspired poolside scene, complete with beautiful people in your very own cabana as you look onto Lake Ontario and the Toronto city skyline. The season will see guest DJs like Steve Angello, DJ Snoopadelic and Lil Jon.
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, head to Centre Island. On the short 10-minute ferry ride to the island, soak up a stunning view of the city skyline.
Rent a bike, canoe or kayak to explore the island. After adventuring, sit back and lounge on a number of beaches on the island’s south side (including a clothing-optional one), stop by the family-friendly Centreville Theme Park or grab a drink at Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co.