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School of Continuing Studies | University of Toronto

ELP’s Summer To Do List

Don’t worry about missing out on the fun activities and possibilities this summer while studying at the English Language Program because we’ve put together a list of what we consider the best things to do outside the classroom.  

Niagara Falls

There’s no better time to visit the famous Niagara Falls than on a beautiful summer’s day! Take in the mist of the falls aboard the Hornblower, shop and dine on the Street of Fun / Clifton Hill, and enjoy a stroll through the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Canada Day

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday! Celebrate Canada’s special year from June 30 to July 3 at Nathan Phillips Square and Harbourfront Centre. There will be a fantastic blend of music, dance, and other artistic performances! Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks each night at Nathan Phillips Square at 10:55 PM.

Harbourfront Canoe

Get a better view of the Toronto skyline from Lake Ontario! Briefly get away from the city and explore Toronto’s nature through an amazing canoeing experience.


Volunteer with us! There’s really no better way to spend your days in Toronto. Summer in the city is bustling and vibrant with exciting events and you can be a part of some of them! Come to our volunteer meetings every Wednesday at 5:00 pm to find out more about what events we have lined up for you.

Play Softball with ELPELP-Softball

Have you ever dreamed of being on a softball team? Well look no further because the ELP has a softball team! Come out and play some ball. It’s a chance for you to build team spirit, cheer on your friends, and most importantly, have fun. Go ELP Beavers!

Festivals (so many festivals)

Free Outdoor Movies (June 21 – August 30)

Experience the cinema in the great outdoors! Watch a movie with your friends by the lake! And it’s free.

Showtimes are every Wednesday (8:00 pm – 11:00 pm) at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TD Toronto Jazz Festival (June 23 – July 2)

Come out and listen to some jazz. There will be performances all over Toronto, but visit Nathan Phillips Square for some free concerts.

Redpath Waterfront Festival (July 1 – 3)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday along Toronto’s waterfront. There will be food. There will be live music. There will be lumberjacks. And it will be most certainly entertaining.

Beaches International Jazz Festival (July 7 – 30)

It’s never not a good time for jazz. You have almost a whole month to enjoy the beautiful summer days listening to some fantastic jazz artists.

Honda Indy (July 14 – 16)

If you like racing, don’t miss out on the chance to attend the event for free! Admission is free only on July 14th. If you don’t like racing, that’s okay too! There will be games, live entertainment, food trucks, and so much more at the Exhibition Place.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival (July 22 – August 7)

Experience Caribbean culture over these few weeks of summer. The Grand Parade on August 5th is free. You can watch the lively parade along the Lakeshore Boulevard.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) (August 18 – September 4)

The CNE has become an annual Canadian tradition. While it may be a fair that celebrates and showcases the development in agriculture and technology in the country, it’s also famous for its crazy foods and exhibitions. In the past, they’ve had Cricket Hot Dogs, Pig Ear Sandwiches, Deep Fried Butter Tarts, Philly Cheesesteak Eclairs, and Poutine Corn Dogs. Come and see what they’ll have for you this year.

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