Scarborough Bluffs, Cliffside
High above Lake Ontario, about a forty-minute drive northeast of central Toronto, the Scarborough Bluffs make for an ideal outdoorsy day trip from the city in nice weather. The nine-mile-long stretch of glacial cliffs contain several parks for hiking, biking, or picnicking on a grassy lawn overlooking the water. Our favorite park, Bluffers, has direct access to the lake with a long, wide, and beautiful beach. It can get crowded during the height of summer, which makes early fall and late spring the best times to visit. Image courtesy of todocanada.ca.
After undergoing a full hipster-inflected gentrification, this part of town is packed with some of the city's coolest bars, eateries, and shops. A maze of streets and alleyways is packed with brightly hued Victorian-era houses and standouts including April Bloomfield's Blackbird Bakery and Oddity Kombucha.