5 things to do in Toronto on a Budget this Summer

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Want to visit the big six but don’t want to spend big? Here are five great things you can do in Toronto for free or super cheap this summer.

Catch a play in the park

This summer marks the 36th season of Shakespeare in High Park. Spend a romantic summer night watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo in Juliet in this wonderful outdoor theatre. It’s by donation only, so you can enjoy a bit of the Bard even if you’re broke.

Free Walking Tours

A great way to get to know a new city is a walking tour. One of our favorites in Toronto is the “Old Town Toronto History Tour” which shares the more gruesome and murderous history of the city.

Visit museums on free days

Many of the museums and galleries in Toronto will have a free or pay-what-you-can day. Permanent Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario is free every day from 6 pm – 8:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Catch the ferry to Centre Island

You can jump on a ferry for around $5 to the island. Not only will you enjoy a gorgeous beach, amusement park, and many other attractions, but you will get to enjoy a beautiful view of the Toronto skyline on the way there and back.

Enjoy browsing the markets

Being such a vibrant, multicultural city, Toronto has plenty to offer in the way of markets. Our favorite is Kensington Market, which I would describe a cross between London’s Camden Town and San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury. It’s retro, funky and contains a wonderful mix of subculture. If you’re heading downtown, St Lawrence’s Market is good too.