I'm feeling antsy.
Maybe it's because it's been longer than usual since I've traveled.
Maybe it's because I had to cancel a trip that just wasn't meant to be. And that cancellation, though it was absolutely the right thing to do, is starting to wear on me.
Whatever the cause, I feel the need to travel. Yet the facts of my life remain the same as they were when I canceled my June trip. It's still not the right time to travel. My mother is not well and though I want to go I also don't want to be anywhere else other than here right now.
So it occurred to me on Monday. It's time for a Toronto staycation.
Top 10 Ideas for a Toronto Staycation
It's time to see my own city with fresh eyes.
It's time to indulge myself in some of its exciting opportunities that I don't always splurge on – after all, I usually save my money for travel.
As I started researching my staycation options I realized how much is on my doorstep that I don't take advantage of. There are things I can learn and places I can explore right here at home.
I'm guessing that most people staycation many days in a row. In my case I'm going to take a day here and a day there. I'm not sure exactly how many days I'll have and which activities I'll be able to book but here are my top 10 ideas for a Toronto staycation.
- Pan Am Games Activities – There are still activities in town for the Pan Am Games – at least for another week or so. And the Parapan Am Games run from August 7 to 15th. I haven't had a chance to take anything in as yet so I'll have to schedule this early in the month.
- A Day at the Theatre – Toronto is a theatre town. Southern Ontario is theatre festival central in the summer. There are many, many options as I wrote about here. I will definitely dedicate a day to theatre.
- Cycling the Toronto Ravines – I haven't had a chance to get my bike out this summer so one staycation day is going to be dedicated to cycling. I know I'll be sore at the end of it but it will be so nice to get out on two wheels. I may end up on the Toronto Islands, rent a stand up paddle board for an hour, try that out and then watch the sun go down over city.
- A day on the water – I want to learn how to kayak. There are a number of places that teach kayaking including the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto but I'm going to the Grand River to be out of the city and because they have more lesson times.
- Spa Day – I found this great summer deal at Discovery Day Spa in Markham, a Toronto suburb. They have packages from Monday to Thursday that run at half price.
- Waterfall hike in Hamilton – There are over 100 waterfalls in the Hamilton area just west of Toronto. They have self-guided tours and cycling maps for the falls. I just learned about them this year and I want to hike them – I love having a specific destination when I hike.
- Art, Chinatown and a Market – I have not been to the the Art Gallery of Ontario for a few months now. Unfortunately getting there has been a luxury for me recently! So, I'll spend a half day there then walk up Spadina Avenue exploring Chinatown and end up in funky Kensington Market for dinner.
- Fly fishing!?! – Yes, the rhythm, the dancing line, the connection between arm and rod… I've always thought fly fishing to be romantic. But I don't know – I've never fished in my life. There are fishing schools in the southern Ontario area and I'm going to try to find one to give me lessons.
- Explore a new neighborhood – Toronto is a city of neighborhoods and though I've lived here a long time there are still parts of the city that I haven't really explored. I'll probably go to Bloor West Village which is home to High Park.
- Go to a Jays Game – The Blue Jays are on a roll. I've been to a couple of games and, win or lose, it's always a good time.
What have you discovered about your home town taking a staycation?