Over the last few weeks, Toronto’s weather has become chronically unpredictable. One second you’re enjoying a beautiful sunny day, and the next you find yourself in the midst of a torrential downpour. These indecisive skies can put a real downer on your mood and make it easy to retreat into the safe haven that is your bed. To avoid entering a constant state of hermitage, we’ve put together a list of ways to enjoy the constantly shifting weather that will have you waking up thinking: Bring it on, rain.
Have you been dreading your daily walk to work or finding yourself reaching for that same cozy hoodie every morning? Just because the skies are grey doesn’t mean your accessories need to be. Swap out the over-sized hoodie for a stylish XL umbrella and stay dry with some fun rain boots. Umbrellas not your thing? No worries – keep the drizzle away from your hair and makeup by rocking a cute cap like this embossed faux-leather number by Guess!
Heavy rain calls for…the beach? Don’t let the weather stop you from putting your toes in some sand! If you’re not quite up for Toronto Island or The Beaches, check out Beach Blast, Toronto’s very own indoor beach and volleyball court. Not only do they have 50,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor sand courts, but their licensed cafe and three patios have you set to spike back a cold beer. They host weekly drop-ins on weekends for just $18. If you’re thinking of checking it out this weekend, the drop-ins are happening on Friday from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. and on Sunday from 12 – 7 p.m.
Usually, June calls for afternoons spent sipping fresh sangria on your favourite city patio, but the on-and-off rain has us hesitant to commit to an outdoor table. This is where compromise comes in. Toronto is full of weather-friendly patios with glass ceilings or retractable awnings that will keep you out of the storm while still enjoying the outdoor vibes. If you’re in Yorkville, check out The Pilot’s rooftop Flight Deck (22 Cumberland Street). Their outdoor heaters and retractable awnings will have you enjoying all that Toronto’s weather has to offer. If you’re in the mood for a more romantic atmosphere and delicious Spanish tapas, head over to Patria’s covered courtyard patio (478 King Street West).
It’s time to embrace your inner Rachel McAdams and take a walk in the pouring rain. If you’re willing to accept the fact that you’ll come home wet and somewhat muddy, you just might find that you actually prefer hiking in the rain. Grab your trusty boots and brave the storm in one of Toronto’s many beautiful trails. The pitter patter will provide a calming soundtrack and a cooling effect, and you’re likely to spot completely different wildlife than you would on a sunny day! The best part? You won’t even have to leave the city. Check out High Park‘s 161 hectares of land, Rouge River Valley’s 2.2 kilometer Cedar Trail, or one of the other endless Toronto parks.