Rediscover Ontario Place this summer

 

Have you been to Ontario Place lately? You may not have had this waterfront park on your mind, but you should. Ontario Place has undergone some big changes, and it is once again a premiere destination for fun for the whole family, in all four seasons. If you haven’t been to Ontario Place lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. Let us update you!

Here are the top 10 things to do at Ontario Place this summer.

 

1.Take to the Lake!

Ontario Place Lakeshore Boat Rentals Toronto

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There’s no need to head to an Ontario cottage when you’ve got Ontario Place at your doorstep! Take to the lake in a canoe, kayak, paddle boat or row boat. Lakeshore Boat Rentals is open daily, from 12 pm until 8 pm. It’s a great activity for group events and birthday parties, too.

 

2. Spike your summer with fun!

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Have a ball at the beach this summer. Catch a few rays while you work on your serve. Ontario Place has four full-sized beach volleyball courts! The courts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bring your ball, or rent one from the General Store — the white shipping container by the courts. Rental hours are Sunday to Wednesday10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday through Saturday10 am until 11 pm. Balls can be rented for $5 for 2 hours.

 

3. Music in Trillium Park

Ontario Place Music in Trillium Park

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Trillium Park at Ontario Place is an ideal venue to take in live performances from Toronto’s multicultural music scene. On Thursday nights, catch everything from Indie Rock to Afro-Cuban Jazz, Hip Hop to Alternative Folk — there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Dance your Sunday afternoon away with family-friendly performances from Indigenous DJ’s, Japanese drummers and more amazing performers. See a full schedule and plan your perfect park performance experience.

 

4. See a Cinesphere screening

Ontario Place Cinesphere

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The iconic Cinesphere at Ontario Place is the perfect spot to take in a summer movie on the massive IMAX screen. Take a break from the heat and escape to the cool, dark theatre with IMAX features playing all summer long. Some screenings to look forward to before summer ends are Dark Knight: The Imax Experience, playing daily at 6:30 pm, from August 24th to 30th, and Under The Sea 3D, showing daily at 1:30 pm.

 

5. Skate outdoors

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If you love summer, but miss the winter fun of ice skating, come to Ontario Place. It’s home to Toronto’s only outdoor public summer skating rink. This isn’t roller skating, this is a synthetic skating rink made from a solid polymer material. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario as you work up a sweat, and keep your skills sharp. Speaking of sharp — there are $5 skate sharpening services on site, and skate rentals. The rink is open during park hours, 5 am until 12 am. Rental hours are 10 am to 11 pm. Rentals are $5 for kids under 12, and $10 for adults. Admission is free!

 

6. Segway Tours

 

Want to cover more ground without all the walking? From now until the end of September, take a fun and informative Segway tour across the West Island through Trillium Park. Tours are $69 per participant and depart at 10:30 am12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm – Thursday to Sunday. All riders must be at least 12 years of age, and between 100 and 280 pounds.

 

Visit Go Tours for more details and to book your tour!

 

7. Yoga

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Take your yoga practice to the next level with free classes every Saturday, from 10 am until 11 am, and Sundays, from 11am until 12pm, until August 26th. No registration is required, but be sure to bring your own mat.

 

8. Happy trails!

 

Stay in shape with a scenic jog, or a slow summer stroll along the William G. Davis Trail. This 1.3 kilometre trail along the beautiful waterfront links the Martin Goodman Trail and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Trails. This creates a 2,000 kilometre continuous route along the Trans Canada Trail!

 

9. Get in the game

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Make your move. Work on your strategy skills with a game of Lifesize Chess, Ping Pong or many other games at Ontario Place.

 

10. Celebrate Patio Season with stunning views

Vista Eatery Ontario Place

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You’ve earned yourself a little downtime. Why not celebrate the tail end of patio season by taking in the stunning views at the Vista Eatery. The restaurant features a new menu that includes charcuterie and cheese boards, grain and noodle bowls, cold pressed juices and more. There is also a selection of beer, wine and cider. Refresh yourself and catch your breath as your take in some of the most breathtaking view in Toronto. The Vista Eatery is open daily, from 10 am until 11 pm.

 

It’s time to rediscover Ontario Place this summer. You’ve still got time, don’t wait!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer

 

Swimming is the perfect summer activity. Whether you’re looking to get in some exercise, or just want to splash around and beat the heat, it’s a great way to spend some time this season. Here are some of the best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer.

 

Mooredale Pool Club

Mooredale Pool Club Toronto

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Mooredale Pool Club offers an enjoyable escape from the hot and hectic pace of city life in the summer. Relax by pool at this Rosedale oasis. The heated outdoor pool is open from 6:30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, and 9:30 am to 9 pm on weekends. Members are multi-generational, so there is special programming to appeal to different groups throughout the day. Members and their guests can enjoy Recreational General Swim (where adults and children occupy the pool simultaneously and there are no marked lanes), Adult Lane Swim (for serious swimmers hoping to get a few laps in), Adult Aquafit classes (generally for seniors and older adults), and swimming lessons (for kids) at different times throughout each day.

 

Each pool club member must have a Mooredale community centre membership. Memberships are available to everyone, not only to those within the Rosedale-Moore Park area. After joining, members must pay an additional fee in order to access the pool. Because the season is already underway, pool costs are currently half price. Mooredale is less than a 10-minute drive, or less than 20 minutes by TTC, from both Davisville Village and Village Green. Their swim season begins each year on the May 2-4 long weekend, and extends until Labour DayMonday.

 

Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool

 

Into every summer, a little rain must fall. When it does, visit Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool (1073 Millwood Rd). It’s a newly renovated, indoor public pool. They offer swim lessons for all ages and recreational swim times.

 

Aquatics Academy

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Before you enjoy a day at the pool, you need to know how to swim. Aquatics Academy (391 St Clements Avenue) is Toronto’s Premier Swim School. They offer personal attention in every class thanks to their low instructor to student ratio. They have swim programs for childrenparents and tots, and adults. It’s a great place to learn how to swim at any age. Whether you are looking to improve your existing skills, or you’re a first-time swimmer hoping to learn the basics and get comfortable around water, Aquatics Academy has a program for you.

 

Sheraton Centre

Sheraton Centre Toronto Pool

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Sheraton Centre Toronto is a wonderful place where you can kickback and relax in the largest indoor-outdoor heated pool in downtown Toronto. Whether the weather is cooperating or not, the water is always perfect. Swim under the sun or under the protective glass wall. Chill out poolside under an umbrella, on one of the many lounge chairs or sofas that line the deck. Because it’s the Sheraton Centre, service is exceptional. For the full experience, sip on a cool cocktail, bring a book and spend a luxurious summer day in lounge mode.

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Memberships are available to the general public. An annual membership gives you access to their fitness facility, the pool, their changeroom facilities, their sauna, and towel service. Prices start at $95 a month plus HST for an annual membership. Day passes can be purchased using any major credit card, at a cost of $30 plus tax per visit. Guest passes sometimes sell out, and may not always be available during peak periods on weekends and holidays. Their pool hours are 6 am to 10 pm from Monday to Friday, and 7 am until 10 pm on weekends.

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool (275 Bathurst St) is a 50-metre outdoor public pool just south of Kensington Market. Spend the day making a splash, then grab a drink in The Market. The water is clean, cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

Leisure swim hours are 12 noon to 8 pm daily, all summer long.

 

Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

Gus Ryder Public Pool City of Toronto

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If you want to hit the beach and have a swim, but find Lake Ontario a little too chilly, head over to Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool (1755 Lake Shore Blvd W). Admission to this large, lakeside, city-run pool is free. Remember to bring some quarters for the lockers. They are one-time use, so as soon as you open them, you’ll need another quarter to lock up again. Bags and food aren’t allowed on deck and must be kept in the lockers.

 

You’ll want to get there before noon, or in the evening during extended hours, in order to avoid the crowd of kids that takes over the pool in the summer.

 

This summer, do more than just dip your toes in. Dive into one of these amazing Toronto pools!

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you dive into summer and enjoy all that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The EX is back!

 

Another Toronto summer is flying by, but you still have lots to look forward to! The Canadian National Exhibition (AKA the CNE, AKA The EX) is a late summer tradition in Toronto. From August 17th to September 3rd, The EX is back!

 

How do you sum up something as fabulous as The EX? It’s a carnival, county fair, concert venue, world food pavilion and exhibition all rolled into one great big end-of-summer EXtravaganza that is not to be missed. Here are just a few examples of what you can extend this year.

 

FOOD

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Every year, more than one million people visit the CNE Food Building to sample fare from local restaurants and cuisine from around the world. No matter what you like to eat, they’ve got it. You’ll find options for vegans, the gluten-intolerant, those who eat halal, and even raw foodies. Best of all, there are plenty of under $5 options! The Food Building is open from 10am to 10pm daily. All buildings close at 7pm on Labour Day Monday.

 

There’s plenty more food to taste outside of the Food Building. Ribfest is back by popular demand. It will take over Bandshell Park every day from 11am to 10pm. You won’t want to miss Food Truck Frenzy, just inside the Princes’ Gates, featuring the finest food trucks in town. Wash it all down at Craft Beer Fest, which conveniently coincides in time and location with Food Truck Frenzy. The Asian Market is the CNE’s version of a popular tradition that dates back to the Chinese Tang dynasty. This Night (and day) Market will delight your senses and your sensibilities with its food, artisans and entertainment. It’s open from August 30th to September 3rd.

 

AIR SHOW

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Over the Labour Day weekend, the final days of the CNE are filled with the thrilling sights and sounds of the Canadian National Air Show as it soars over Lake Ontario. This year is the 69th annual edition. It will feature performances by two of the best aerial acrobatic jet teams anywhere. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds open the show, and our very own Canadian Forces Snowbirds will close it out with an incredible and dramatic crescendo. See it all, September 1st to September 3rd, from 12 pm until 3 pm.

 

VIP tickets are available if you want to watch the show in superb style. Ticket packages include things like: tented tables and chair seating, Air Show swag bags, access to an open beer/wine bar, a catered lunch, performer autograph sessions and same day admission to the CNE.

The rest of us will just look up.

 

RIDES

The EX CNE rides

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One of the main attractions of The EX is the rides. There will be dozens of thrilling, twirling contraptions for the young and the young at heart. Kids will love taking a spin on the Berry Go Round, Bumper Cars, Dragon Coaster, Lollipop Swing and many more! There are 30 rides in all at the Kiddie Midway, located at the west end of the CNE grounds, just east of Kid’s World. Height restrictions apply for some rides.

 

Grown ups can get their thrills on some CNE classics like The Zipper, The Twister and the Polar Express. Of course no trip to The EX would be complete without taking a turn on the Sky Ride for an elevated, scenic view of the CNE. The Sky Ride made its debut at the 2012 CNE and has become a crowd favourite. Transport yourself across the CNE grounds east toward the historic Princes’ Gates or west towards BMO Field, while being lifted up to 40 feet in the air!

 

PRICES/PASSES

 

You’ve heard the expression “good things come to those who wait”. That does NOT apply at The EX. This is definitely more of an “early bird gets the worm” kind of situation. You can save big (up to 38%) on advanced tickets if you buy before August 16th! Here’s the breakdown for ticket prices:

 

Regular Admission includes all shows and attractions, but not the rides. Advanced Tickets are $15, or $19.99 after August 16th.You’ll save big if you buy the Ride All Day Pass. This pass includes admission, attractions, exhibits and unlimited midway rides. Act before August 16th and get it for $41. Regular price is $65.99. All tickets include 13% HST. No refunds are available.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at participating GO Transit Stations, or you can purchase tickets online. Online tickets get you Express Entry at the CNE gate. So, unless you like waiting in line to get in, online is your best option. Express Entry is not available at vehicle gates. Take the TTC and avoid the hassle.

 

The Canadian National Exhibition is the perfect cure for the end-of-summer blues. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Explore Manifesto Festival

 

Manifesto Festival is a celebration of community, culture and creativity. It returns from August 9th to 19th for it’s 12th Volume. The festival draws hundreds of artists together to connect with thousands of attendees in order to unite, support, and cultivate Toronto’s diverse and vibrant arts community. Let’s explore the Manifesto Festival.

 

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MANIFESTO 101

 

Manifesto was founded back in 2007. This non-profit organization focuses on the artistic and professional development of young local creatives, inspiring and empowering them to take their careers and craft to the next level. The goal is to foster community connections, fuel civic pride, and have a positive social and economic impact. The Festival includes a Summit where young artists, entrepreneurs and innovators can connect with industry experts for a meeting of minds, plus enjoy workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

 

There will be art exhibitions, dance showcases, comedy shows, live music and more. It all culminates with a massive free outdoor concert at City Hall’s Nathan Phillip Square.

 

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ART SHOW – August 15th – 19th

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The Festival kicks off with its annual Art Show on August 15th at Ossington Tire (146 Ossington Avenue). Come out for the pre-show Artist Talk entitled ‘Art is Evolution’. It starts at 6 pmand features three of the most innovative visual artists in the city: Hatecopy, Tessar Lo and Yung Yemi.

 

Stick around for the Opening Night 19+ celebrations inside Ossington Tire that begin at 7:00 pm. The opening party is a highly anticipated group show of top Canadian artists and international guest artists. It features works in photography, painting, illustration, new media and more.

 

The Art Show will remain on display daily from 12 pm until 6 pm, until the show closes on August 22nd.

 

DISCOVERY SERIES

 

From August 9th to14th, the festival presents the first ever Manifesto Discovery Series.

Hosted in various venues across the city, this series will showcase artists creating community through culture across multiple disciplines. Here are some events to check out:

 

Thursday, August 9th:

 

Get your tickets now for the Blue Crane Agency x Pirates Blend x Bandbox Showcase at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). Hosted by DJ Loqenz from 9pm to 1am, the showcase features LIZA, Haleek Maul, Junia-T the Studio Monk, Terrell Morris, and a surprise 2018 Polaris-nominated special guest.

 

Friday, August 10th:

 

Come out to the Super Wonder Gallery (584 College Street), from 8pm until 2 am, for SUNSHINE. It’s an all female showcase of African and Caribbean artists. Tickets are available now.

 

Manifesto Festival Comedy MrSoe

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In the mood for some laughs? Head to Comedy Bar, from 10:30 pm until 2 am, for the MRSOE! Comedy Show. Comedians include Dom Pare, Big Norm, Nick Reynoldson, Marito Antonio Lopez, Patrick Haye and Cassie Cao. Get your tickets today.

 

Saturday, August 11th:

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Check out the RPM 2-Year Anniversary at the Root Down Studio (225 Geary Avenue) from 9 pm until 3 am. See The Rootdown Artists DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, Obuxum, DATU, with DJ sets by Wolf Saga and some special surprise guests. Get your tickets while you can.

 

Sunday, August 12th:

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The SoSo Food Club (1166 Dundas St. West) will host sndtrk6. Your ticket includes the Beat Academy Producer Tribute, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and the Evening Showcase featuring Subtle Blend, The Build and more, from 7pm until midnight.

 

MASSIVE CONCERT

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The Manifesto Festival culminates in a massive, free outdoor concert on Friday, August 17th,

at Nathan Phillips Square. The set will include DJ NDN from A Tribe Called Red, Junia-T and UK poet, rapper and activist Akala. The show will be Co-headlined by Charlotte Day Wilson and Chronixx with his six-piece backing band called Zinc Fence Redemption.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

If you want to be among the first to know about what’s happening with Manifesto during the Festival, and all year round, you can sign up to become a member of the Manifesto Family. Membership is free (for now), and includes information on advanced tickets, VIP passes, meet and greets, and much more.

 

Don’t miss a beat of Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the culture and creativity of your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Happy Hour in Toronto

 

Summer in Toronto should be about relaxing and spending time with friends, enjoying each other’s company and the amazing weather we wait all year for. You’ll probably have to get some work done, too, but when the work day is done, grab a friend and check out one of these great spots for Happy Hour in Toronto.

 

Prohibition Gastrohouse

Prohibition Gastrohouse Midtown Toronto

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If you’re in Midtown, head to Prohibition Gastrohouse (40 Eglinton Avenue East) for Hooch Hour! Expect great drink deals everyday, from 4 pm to 7 pm and 10 pm until midnight, all summer long! All Bar Rail spirits, beer and Hooch Hour Wines are only $5.09! This awesome local spot features great service and a huge back patio that’s perfect until the end of September. Hooch Hour is also a daily ritual at their second location in the Riverdale/Leslieville area (696 Queen Street East).

 

Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar Toronto

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Raise a glass to summer at one of Cibo Wine Bar’s three locations this summer (2472 Yonge Street, 133 Yorkville Ave and 522 King West). They offer Thirsty Thursday specials with half priced wine, and drink specials on beer, cocktails and spuntini from 4 pm until 7 pm.

 

Duke of Kent

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The Duke of Kent  (2315 Yonge Street) is a traditional English-style pub in the heart of Midtown Toronto. They’ve been pulling pints, popping corks, and serving classic pub fare here for more than 30 years. The pub itself is classic looking inside, and features a cozy little patio to chill out on. Enjoy half-priced bottles of wine, from 11 am until 4 pm, everyday. You can enjoy the same deal at other Duke pubs around town, including the Duke of Somerset (655 Bay St) and the Duke of York (39 Prince Arthur Avenue).

 

The Wallace Gastropub

Wallace Gastropub Toronto

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Wander over to The Wallace Gastropub (1954 Yonge Street) for Happy Hour from 3 pm until 7 pm, Sunday through Thursday. Enjoy great $5 deals on Ontario Craft Beer, House Wine, Premium High Balls and appetizers.

 

FARMHOUSE Tavern

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Have you been to the FARMHOUSE Tavern (1627 Dupont Street)? This gem in the Junction offers a series of hourly drink specials every Sunday, from 3 pm until 9 pm. Enjoy $3 Mimosas from 3 pm until 4 pm, $4 Caesars from 4pm until 5pm, $6 Craft Beer from 6 pm to 7 pm, $7 Cocktails 7 pm until 8 pm and $8 glasses of wine from 8 pm until 9 pm. You should never drink on an empty stomach. Dig into delicious 50% off food specials from 9 pm until 10 pm, and $1 Oysters from 5 pm to 6 pm.

 

Crown & Dragon

Crown and Dragon Toronto

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Crown & Dragon (890 Yonge Street) is another awesome traditional style pub with amazing deals. They offer “appy hour” specials, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm on Monday through Saturday. You can enjoy domestic pints for just $4.50, house wines for $5, and half price apps (not including Korean BBQ). You can even dig into half priced wings, and it’s worth mentioning that  theirs were voted the best wings in Toronto! Check it out every Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30 pm until close, and all day Sunday!

 

Bar Reyna

Bar Reyna Toronto

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Experience the beauty of Bar Reyna (158 Cumberland Street). This Mediterranean cocktail and snack bar in Yorkville features a warm and inviting interior, as well as an open air back patio. The patio features a uniquely lovely arrangement of inverted white umbrellas that provide a touch of shade, greenery and elegance.

 

Visit them for Buck-A-Shuck Tuesdays to enjoy $1 Oysters, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Indulge in their $7 menu, every weekday from 4 pm until 7 pm. Order red or white wine (Thalia Sauvignon Blanc Vilana or Cosecheros y Criadores Tempranillo), Lime Margaritas or Krombacher Pilsner, all for only $7 each. The $7 menu also features delicious food items including their Mezze Bowl (with chorizo, olives and manchego), Zucchini Fritters (with roasted tomato aioli), and Arabic Fries (with za’atar spiced date ketchup).

 

STK Toronto

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STK Toronto keeps it classy. In fact, their Happy Hour is known as Social Hour. Enjoy half priced drinks and food specials from 3:30 pm to 7 pm daily.  Indulge in $3 Oysters, $6 Smoked Bacon Skewers, Tater Tots or Caesar Salad, $8 Hummus, Ceviche Tostada or Lil’ Brg and Truffle Fries, and $9 Jalapeno Cheddar Grit Croquettes, Tuna Tartare Tacos or Shrimp Cocktail.

 

Pravda Vodka Bar

Pravda Vodka Bar Toronto

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Pravda Vodka Bar (44 Wellington St. East) offers a rotating weekday happy hour every weekday, from 4 pm until 7 pm. Monday and Tuesday stop by to enjoy a complimentary appetizer and lounge music. Wednesday and Thursday dig into a complimentary appetizer while you groove to their DJ’s beats, and listen to live music all night. Friday enjoy a complimentary appetizer, the DJ, live music AND a live Aerialist Show! Where else can you see that?

 

These bars and restaurants are just a few examples of places that host incredible Happy Hours across Toronto. We’re so lucky to call this incredible city home.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the amazing things your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Cheap summer eats in Toronto

 

Summer in the city is the perfect time to slow down and take it easy. Take a stroll through your neighbourhood and let someone else handle the cooking. Toronto has no shortage of great spots to dine in, but if you’re short on cash, we’ve got some great suggestions for the frugal foodie. Here are some of the best cheap summer eats in Toronto.

 

DOWNTOWN:

 

Tacos 101

Tacos 101 Toronto tacos

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Tacos 101 (101 Dundas Street East) gets back to taco basics. Chef Julio Campos believes that tacos should be fast, fresh, inexpensive, and delicious. The street-style tacos at Tacos 101 are all under $5 each. Try the Al Pastor, with grilled pork, salsa, cilantro and pineapple. The Chicken Adobado features pico de gallo and salsa verde. The Baja pairs crispy battered cod with crisp cabbage, sweet mango salsa, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. Their vegetarian option, the Nopal taco, is a combination of delicious Mexican cactus, refried beans, pico de gallo, cheese and salsa verde.


They also serve homemade chips, salsa and guacamole, as well as one of the best Horchatas in the city. Horchata is a sweet rice drink. It’s the perfect blend of creamy fresh rice milk and spicy-sweet cinnamon sugar. Seating is limited, with only a few spots along the window bar. They also offer fast takeout!


Tacos 101 is open Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am until 9 pm, and Sundays, from 12 pm until 7 pm.


Salad King

Salad King @NOWtoronto @saladkingTO - Thai Islamic Noodle

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Since 1981, Salad King (340 Yonge Street) has been serving up fast, fresh, and affordable Thai cuisine in a comfortable, casual and friendly environment. Start your summer meal with a crisp and refreshing Green Mango Salad ($6.50). It’s a delicious mix of green mango, lettuce, carrots and shallots, garnished with basil, crushed peanuts and a delicious sweet and savoury dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Try the Thai Islamic Noodle off of their “secret menu”. It looks like the secret is out — The Islamic Noodle was named NOW Toronto’s Best Summer Dish of 2018!


The service at Salad King is quick and friendly, and there is loads of seating at the restaurant’s communal tables. The restaurant is located on the second floor of 340 Yonge Street, with access via stairs or elevator. They are open Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, until 11 pm on Fridays, Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm until 9 pm.


Ginger

Ginger Restaurant Toronto

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Looking for some late night Pho in The Village? Look no further than Ginger (546 Church Street). This quick-serve, family-run Vietnamese spot is a neighbourhood favourite, and has been since 1998. They offer great noodles, rich and tasty Pho broth, and they’re fully licensed, too! There’s also an excellent condiment rack, complete with complimentary water which is perfect on hot summer days.

 

The restaurant offers an array of meat dishes. The Chicken and Beef Terriyaki Skewers with Udon noodles ($10.95) is one of the restaurant’s most popular choices for meat eaters.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry, there are delicious menu options for you to enjoy as well. It’s easy to spot the vegan options at Ginger — just look for the ‘V’ next to the menu item. Our favourite plantbased option is the Curry Tofu and Grilled Eggplant on Rice ($8.50).

 

Ginger is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 12 pm.

 

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar

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Fran’s Restaurant and Bar is a legendary family-run diner with several locations across Toronto. Stop by their 20 College Street location, just down the street from Village Green. Fran’s is open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are. They specialize in traditional diner breakfasts, lunch time stacked sandwiches, and great burgers. Fran Deck actually invented the banquet burger at the original location at Yonge and St. Clair. It’s a half-pound patty served with melted Canadian cheddar and Bourbon maple bacon. Just remember to save some room for their fabulous desserts, like homemade apple pie or rice pudding!

 

The upper deck patio area is perfect for hot summer days, or warm summer nights. Whenever you’re in the mood to eat, Fran’s is there to serve you! Just look for the neon sign, anytime.

 

MIDTOWN

 

Pi Co.

Pi Co Pizza Toronto @pi_co_pizza

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Pi Co. (2177 Yonge Street) specializes in traditional, stone-oven-baked Neapolitan style pizza pies. They bake them fresh to order in only a few minutes! Indulge in a personal-size margherita pizza for only $10, or opt for unlimited toppings for only $14! There is plenty of seating inside, you can sit on the patio, or take your pie to go.

 

Pizza and beer is the perfect summer combo. If you’re dining in, pair your pie with their own house blonde ale for a refreshing and satisfying summer meal. Don’t forget to save room for their sweet pies for dessert!

 

Pi Co. is open Sunday to Wednesday, from 11 am to 10 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, from 11 am until 11 pm.

 

Sushi Supreme

Sushi Supreme - Sushi Bronze

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When you’re craving sushi, for an affordable price, head to Sushi Supreme. This informal and vibrant establishment is located on the second floor at 1995 Yonge Street. Try one of their daily lunch specials, or a perfectly balanced bento box. This cosy and casual spot features fresh fish-focused food, at fair prices, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. What more could you want?


Start your summer feast with their Beef Short Ribs ($11) or Fried Calamari ($7). The Sushi Bronze combo ($13) –with five kinds of fish or seafood sushi, three salmon rolls, three cucumber rolls and a salmon hand roll– is an excellent value for the price, and it’s delicious! You can also try something a little out of the ordinary, like their Salmon Pizza (6pcs). It’s a crispy deep-fried rice cake loaded with salmon, flying fish eggs, onions and specialty sauce.

Sushi Supreme is open Monday to Saturday, from 12 pm to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, from 3 pm to 10:30 pm.


Banjara Eglinton

Banjara Eglinton

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Banjara Eglinton (164 Eglinton Ave East) offers some of the finest North and South Indian cuisine in the city. It may not look like much from the outside, but you will be impressed by the food. The interior is cosy, casual, and comfortable. Their biryanis and butter chicken are the best!


Vegetarians will love their affordable Veggie Lunch Combo ($10.95). It features rice, naan, daal curry, aloo gobi, pakora, rice pudding and your choice of veggie dish. For dinner, meat lovers will enjoy the Butter Chicken Combo ($15.95). Everything at Banjara is perfectly spiced and pretty spicy! It’s authentic Indian Cuisine at its best and most affordable.


They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm, and 5 pm until 10:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday visit them from 12 pm to 3 pm, or 5 pm until 10:30 pm.

We hope these neighbourhood hotspots help you dig into summer in Toronto — without emptying your wallet!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover all the wonderful places in your community . For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Our guide to Carnival

 

Get ready for an incredible summer event, Toronto! The 51st annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival is on now. Don’t miss a moment of the celebrations this month, especially Carnival weekend, August 2nd to August 6th, and the Grande Parade on Saturday, August 4th!

The fabulous four weeks of Carnival officially kicked off on July 10th, and things are heating up fast as we approach the best week of the festival.

 

Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Caribana

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ABOUT THE TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

 

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an annual celebration complete with live music, outstanding flare, and delicious tropical cuisine. The Carnival has become the largest cultural event of its kind in North America — and this year is bigger and better than ever before. Don’t miss the spectacle and all the memorable performances from singers, dancers, steelpan drummers and more. Move to the rhythm of the Caribbean, in the heart of Toronto. Enjoy Calypso, Salsa, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Zouk, Brass Bands and more!

 

Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana

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Get your tickets for the annual Carnival Ball. This evening of elegance, extravagance, and joy will take place on July 27th at the Riviera Events & Convention Centre in Vaughan — just North of Toronto at Highway 400 and 401. It will bring together artists, community leaders, influencers, and industries, in support and celebration of Caribbean culture. Enjoy dinner, dancing, cocktails and lots of live music. This year’s Ball is in support of the SickKids Foundation.

 

KING & QUEEN SHOWCASE and PARADE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana

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Tickets always go fast for the King and Queen Competition. This evening of creativity and competition will feature elaborately costumed competitors dancing to Carnival bands. They will compete firecely to see which royals will get to wear the crown. The event will take place at Allan Lamport Stadium (1155 King Street West), on August 2nd at 7 pm. A general admission ticket gets you into the stands, and a VIP ticket gets you up close to the stage, complete with dinner and refreshments.

 

OSA PANORAMA/PAN ALIVE

Pan Alive Competition, Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana

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The sound of steelpan bands is the sound of the Carnival. On August 3rd, at Lamport Stadium, feel the rhythm as the Ontario Steel Band Association brings you the Pan Alive Competition. Watch as some the finest Steel Pan orchestras in the world compete for the title of Best Steel Band.

 

GRAND PARADE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana Grande Parade

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This is the event that everyone is waiting for. The Grande Parade takes place on Saturday, August 4th, from 8:30 am until 8:30 pm, at Exhibition Place. This is the culmination of countless hours of creativity and craftsmanship. This is when all the masqueraders, floats and steel pans combine to wrap up the carnival in spectacular style.The vibrancy of the Parade must be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated. The parade launches from Exhibition Place, and winds its way east along a 3.5 km circuit of Lakeshore Boulevard back to Exhibition Place. The Parade is free to watch from Lakeshore Blvd, or you can purchase tickets and sit in the stands of Exhibition Place.

 

Don’t miss this extraordinary event!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to your city and community, and the incredible events and experiences at your doorstep. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

Dive into summer near Davisville Village

 

There is nothing quite like summer in Toronto. It’s hot, sunny, and there is a seemingly endless supply of fun stuff to do. To help you dive into summer near Davisville Village, we’ve rounded up some fun summer events you may want to check out.


SUMMERLICIOUS

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There may be a lot of summer left to savour, but you don’t have much time left to get a taste of Summerlicious. This is your last chance to take advantage of this amazing city-wide food festival where some of the city’s best restaurants offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for reasonable prices.


Five Doors North (2088 Yonge St) is offering a $43 dinner menu. It’s only a few doors north of Davisville Village and is a fantastic neighbourhood mainstay! We’ve praised them before — check out our full article on Five Doors North, including an interview with the owners, then make your reservation!


There are over 200 participating restaurants to choose from, offering both lunch and dinner menus at unbeatable prices. Check out their selections and make your reservations directly with the establishment of your choice. Hurry, it all wraps up on July 22nd. After that, you’ll have to wait for Winterlicious.  Bon Appetit!


BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Beaches Jazz Festival

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Summer heat and jazz go hand in hand, especially when it all happens down by the beach! The Beaches International Jazz Festival is in full swing. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary! There are tons of artists to check out, including free shows on multiple stages, many of them open air. Hop around from stage to stage, stay awhile, and take it all in. When you need to refuel, visit one of several gourmet food trucks. Get your summer groove on and feel the heat of the rhythm of the night — until July 29th, 2018.

 

TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER

Toronto Festival of Beer

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Celebrate your favourite frothy beverage at the Toronto Festival of Beer. The event features incredible Ontario Craft Brewers, as well as brands from around the world to discover, one sip at a time. Due to overwhelming demand, an extra day has been added to the festival, giving you more time to enjoy great beer and live music! The festival runs from July 26th to the 29th. It’s a great opportunity to catch amazing performances from Broken Social Scene, Ludacris, Dwayne Gretsky, Finger Eleven and more!


ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK

Rogers Cup tennis

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Tennis, anyone? The world’s best tennis players will descend on Toronto to compete for the coveted Rogers Cup, as well as more than $3 million in prize money. The biggest names in the ATP Tour are expected, including former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as Canadian favourites Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic. Get your tickets now for this tournament that serves up the action from August 4th to the 12th.


TASTE OF THE DANFORTH

Taste of the Danforth

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Don’t miss the annual Taste of the Danforth festival in Greektown. Take a trip to the East End, from August 10th to the 12th, as Taste of the Danforth celebrates its 25th anniversary! The Danforth’s restaurant row packs more eats per square metre than practically anywhere else on the planet! This Greektown neighbourhood is the place to be for not only souvlaki and spanakopita, but cuisine from cultures the world over. The street will be shut down, the sun will be shining, and great bands will be playing — why would you go anywhere else?


CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION (CNE)

CNE Canadian National Exhibition

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Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Plan a visit to the CNE, from August 17th to September 3rd. The Canadian National Exhibition is a long standing late summer tradition in Toronto. Catch concerts from Blood Sweat and Tears, Men Without Hats, and Stars, just to name a few of the great performers on the bill! This enormous annual fair brings features a midway, great live music, enticing exhibits, and, of course, unforgettably weird and wonderful food! Dig into deep fried delights as you raise a glass to late summer. And don’t forget about the 69th AnnualAir Show over the Labour Day Weekend. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Summer won’t last forever. We hope that these suggestions for fun summer events around Toronto inspire you to make the most of it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the fun and festivities that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

The best spots to hit the beach in Toronto

 

There is nothing quite as quintessential in summer as a trip to the beach. A lazy, hazy day spent splashing on the shores of Lake Ontario is a day well spent. Fortunately, there are many beaches to choose from, right here in the city. To help you choose where you’d like to plant a flag in a sandcastle, here are the best spots to hit the beach in Toronto.

 

You may not think about beaches when you think about the largest city in Canada, but the fact is, some of the best beaches in world are only minutes away. That is not just a matter of opinion. Many, if not most of our local beaches regularly achieve highly sought after Blue Flag status. The Blue Flag is flown at beaches that meet high standards for water quality, as well as environmental management, safety and environmental education.

 

Currently, all of the beaches listed below are Blue Flag beaches. They are tested on an ongoing basis, so you can check the status and water quality before you head out.

 

Bluffer’s Park Beach

Bluffer's Park Beach toronto

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Located at the base of the beautiful and iconic Scarborough Bluffs you’ll find Bluffer’s Park Beach (1 Brimley Road South). This is one of the nicest beaches in Toronto, and the word is out. If you’re hoping to find a parking spot and a prime beach space on a summer weekend, you’ll want to get there early. Luckily, there is a lot to do. If you want to take a break from swimming and lounging on the sand, there are hiking trails nearby where you can explore and enjoy the unique scenery. Pack a picnic, or hit up the snack bar. There are washrooms, a marina, and volleyball areas, too. If you’ve never been here, put it on your local beach bucket list.

 

Balmy / Kew / Woodbine Beaches

Balmy / Kew / Woodbine beaches Toronto

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Yes, technically Balmy, Kew and Woodbine beaches are separate beaches, but they represent several kilometres of unbroken sand and shoreline, so we’re combining them into one. This way we can list more beaches in our Top 5!

 

Beginning in the east and working west, Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) is the quietest, and most secluded of the three. If you want to enjoy your beach reading and swimming with as few other people as possible, this is the one for you.

 

Kew Beach is a little busier, as it takes some of the overflow from Woodbine, but it is still a serene and scenic spot for a summer swim. There is a snack bar, washrooms, and even those low taps for rinsing the sand off your feet before you put your shoes back on, which is nice. It’s also close enough to the shops and restaurants of Queen Street East, so you can grab whatever you need.

 

Home to multiple beach volleyball courts, an Olympic swimming pool and skate park, as well as a pristine sandy beach, Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Blvd East) is probably the most popular beach in town. If you’re looking for the whole ‘beach scene’, and to see and be seen, this is where you want to be.

 

Note: A beach wheelchair can be borrowed, free of charge, by calling 311. They are picked up and returned at Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool.

 

Hanlan’s Point


Hanlan’s Point is the famous (or infamous) clothing optional beach on Toronto Island. It’s only one of two nude-friendly beaches in Canada (Vancouver’s Wreck Beach being the other one). For the more modest among us, there is the far less popular, covered-up side of Hanlan’s Point, as well. Everything about Hanlan’s Point is fun, including the ferry ride over (9 Queens Quay W). Some of the best fine-grain sand, and some of the best sunsets in the city, can be enjoyed at Hanlan’s Point.


Clarke / Cherry Beach

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Clarke / Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) is a popular beach for swimming, kite-boarding, and even surfing! There is a cool, laid back atmosphere here. Hang out on the sand, fire up one of the charcoal BBQ pits, and create the perfect day. There is also a snack bar and washroom facilities. The parking lot fills up quickly, but if you ride down on your bike, you can also explore the paved path that meanders along the water and through the trees. Find out more about great nature trails near you in our feature article.

 

Sunnyside

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Sunnyside (1755 Lake Shore Blvd West) is a beautiful beach in Toronto’s west end. It’s not as busy as the east end beaches, making it a prime spot for a summer chill out. If the water is too cold to take a dip, Gus Ryder Pool is right there. Enjoy the concession stands, cafe, boardwalk, bike path, change rooms and lots of parking.

 

Enjoy your beach escape close to home this summer!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. Make a splash this summer! For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

It’s summertime in Toronto and the weather is hot. We wait all year long for these few, short months. Celebrate another season in the sun with a new bathing suit! Shopping for swimwear can be stressful for some. Finding the right style at the right price isn’t always an easy task. To help take some of the stress and guesswork out of your shopping experience, we wanted to share some hotspots where you can shop for the best swimwear in Toronto. Take a look before you take a dip.

 

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers Sports & Funwear have locations at 2580 Yonge Street and 87 Yorkville Avenue. They have been a go-to source for swimwear since 1985. They bring the best of the beach lifestyle home to Toronto, from across the country and overseas.

 

La Vie en Rose

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You can count on the undergarment experts at  La Vie en Rose  (2300 Yonge Street unit #c25), in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, to offer a great selection of products that properly fit any woman. Let their experience help make your choice easier. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you look your best, and help you find the perfect style for you. Check out their latest collection of Mix & Match, One Piece, Beachwear, and Beach Accessories. They have everything you need for a hot summer look.

 

Hudson’s Bay

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Have you been to The Bay, lately? It’s a great home base for all your summer swim and beachwear needs and wants, for both men and women. Whatever your style, whatever your shape, The Bay has you covered – or as uncovered – as you’d like.  From lounging by the pool, to looking cool with the latest and greatest accessories. The Bay is a one-stop-shop for all your summer fun supplies. Find Hudson’s Bay locations at 44 Bloor Street East, and its flagship store at 176 Yonge Street in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

 

Bikini Village

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Sometimes it takes a village to help you find the swimsuit you’re most comfortable in. If The Bay isn’t you brand of choice, take a short trip to Bikini Village. They are also conveniently located in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. They feature top brands, including Bauhaus, Billabong, Body Glove, Boto and Diesel for men. And all the latest styles for women from brands like Ellen Tracy, Red Carter, Christina, and more. From bold to bashful, and everything in between — you’re bound to find your next bathing suit here.

 

Boathouse

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If you’re looking for stylish swimwear that is also comfortable and affordable, you need to visit Boathouse. They offer very reasonably priced swimwear in the latest styles, so you can take a dip, without getting soaked. Find them at 316 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas).

 

Whatever you’re style, shape or budget — everyone needs and deserves a swimsuit they feel great in. It’s required attire for summer fun. So before you hit the beach, or chill out by the pool, treat yourself to the best bathing suit you’ve ever owned. It’s a great start to a great summer. We hope these convenient shopping options in your community help make your choice easy and enjoyable.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. We hope these local swimsuit shop recommendations help you feel comfortable and look your best. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.