Despite the soaring temperatures we’ve seen in Toronto over the past several weeks, summer didn’t officially start until today. Appropriately enough, the summer solstice has been marked by the issuance of an extreme heat alert issued by the city. Here are some ways we like to keep cool when the temperatures soar:
1) Take a dip in the icy cold waters of the public pool at Alexandra Park (aka the “hipster pool”). If submerging yourself in sub zero temperatures isn’t your thing, the pool also has a big (albeit concrete) deck that’s great for people watching / continuing the commentary on the impossibility that skinny denim cut offs make for even remotely comfortable swim wear. For other (free!) outdoor public pools around the city, check out the City of Toronto’s website.
2) Take refuge on a shaded patio. Some of our regular watering holes: Betty’s on King East, Fuel House in Little Italy, Victory Cafe in Mirvish Village, The Bellevue and Ronnie’s in Kensington Market and The Queen and the Beaver right in the core near the Eaton Centre.
3) Bike/ferry ride to Toronto Island to picnic and frolic in the comfort of the blissful breeze off the lake. If you get really desperate, the Island is home to several filthy fountains whose cooling powers might theoretically outweigh the risk of water borne disease. And if you get really daring, head to Hanlan’s Point and try out the nude (and mostly gay) beach!
4) ICE CREAM!!! We have a serious weakness for the stuff and hot weather is the perfect excuse to indulge. Personally, I’m partial to anything that combines sweet and savoury (hello salted caramel!) while Robyn gravitates towards tea based concoctions (earl grey is a favourite) and anything else that sounds, well, unique. In other words, we’re not talking about making a trip to DQ. Our favourites: Ed’s Real Scoop (Leslieville), the Boreal Gelato Co. in Parkdale (try the anise flavour), SOMA (Distillery District), Dessert Trends (on Harbord) and Cool Hand Luc (on King West).
5) The ol’ backyard hose. When the thermometer passes the mid thirty mark I’m not above stripping down to my bikini and running through the hose in the backyard 5-year-old styles. In fact, it’s already happened once this year and it was delightful :)