7 essential summer activities in Toronto and the perfect footwear for each


Now that the sun is finally shining in Toronto, you can start filling your summer schedule with the events and activities you’ve been craving.

Whether you’re planning on hitting the beach in Hanlan’s Point or partying in Caribana, ALDO has you covered when it comes to summer shoes that will get you through the good times.

With everything from sandals for sunny days to adventure-ready sneakers, ALDO has carefully crafted shoes for all the seasonal moments you’ve been waiting for, no matter what’s on your to-do list.

If you’re looking for fun things to do around town this summer, you’ll appreciate these iconic Toronto activities and the affordable, comfortable, and fashionable shoes to go with them.

Explore the Toronto Islands in sporty sandals

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Address: Toronto, Ontario

When: All summer

Price: Ferry tickets cost $8.70 for adults, $5.60 for students and seniors, $4.10 for children under 14, and free for children under 2.

Why you need to go: Whether you take the ferry to Hanlan’s Point or Center Island, there are plenty of cute places to explore on the Toronto Islands.

Charter a boat with friends, relax on the beach, visit an amusement park, and stroll along lush trails all in one day if you’re up for it. Don’t forget to pack a picnic or enjoy some fresh food at the Island Cafe.

Shoes to wear: Be sure to put on sandals that will take you from the beach to the boat so you can make the most of your time on the island. These stylish Hailey sandals with lug soles and see-through details will look great in your IG pics. While you’re at ALDO, grab some sunglasses to complete the look.


Discover the Food Truck Festival in woven flat sandals

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Address: 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON

When: July 29 to August 1, 2022

Price: Free admission

Why you need to go: With local performers, eating contests, cold beer, and tons of tasty food, Woodbine Park during the Toronto Food Truck Festival is sure to be a blast.

All your crew members can feast on the vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options available.

SHOES TO WEAR: Made with Flex technology, these cute and casual Tressa flat sandals will take you from truck to truck in style and comfort, so you can focus on the tasty bounty that awaits you. Available in must-have neutral tones, these slingback sandals with braided detailing are sure to be a hit this summer.


Head to the Pride Festival in low top sneakers

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Address: 1 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario

When: June 24-26, 2022

Price: Free

Why you need to go: While there are plenty of must-see events throughout Pride Month, there is something truly epic about the Toronto Pride Festival Opening Ceremony and the holidays that follow the weekend.

Whether you join the parade or dance it out on one of the Church Street patios, you’re sure to have a legendary time.

Shoes to wear: Celebrate yourself this summer – and look amazing while you’re at it – in a pair of Lovemore low-top sneakers, designed to complement any Pride fit. Distinguished by chunky soles and playful heart-shaped embellishments, these swoon-worthy kicks are all about celebrating love.


Cycle to the Leslie Street Spit with light trainers

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Address: 1 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario

When: All summer

Price: Free

Why you need to go: Also known as Tommy Thompson Park, the Leslie Street Spit is a great place for bird watching and biking.

You can walk along the paths of the lake, but if you want to get to the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula, the bike will take you there in a jiffy. Keep in mind that you cannot swim, the area is a bird sanctuary after all!

SHOES TO WEAR: These lightweight Dilathielle low-top trainers are a versatile pair to add to your summer rotation. With flexible cushioned outsoles, these white kicks will keep your feet cool and comfortable all day long.


Hit Up Caribana in Comfy Wedge Sneakers

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Address: 12 Cranfield Road, Toronto, Ontario

When: July 28 to August 1, 2022

Price: Weekend passes start at $125

Why you have to go: If you’re really looking to spice up your calendar, don’t miss all the exciting Caribbean-inspired celebrations happening at Caribana, the largest annual cultural festival of its kind in North America.

From killer dance moves and flashy costumes to next-level dining, the fun is non-stop.

Shoes to wear: Dance all day with a pair of Azuria wedge sneakers. Stand tall (and stay comfy) with these chunky kicks designed to complement any snap-worthy outfit. Bring a vibrant shoulder bag and you’re set.


Experience the Scarborough Cliffs in adventure-ready sandals

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Address: 1 Brimley Road S., Bluffer’s Park, Scarborough, ON

When: All summer

Price: Free

Why you need to go: Stretching 15 kilometers along the shores of Lake Ontario, these towering cliffs might make you forget you’re in town for a hot second.

Whether you’re strolling the beach or hiking to the top of the trails, this is the ultimate opportunity to take in scenic views and reconnect with nature.

Shoes to wear: When it comes to exploring the coastline, a sturdy pair of sandals can make all the difference.

ALDO’s Talana Sporty Sandals have straps in just the right places to keep your feet secure and super cute. With the Velcro fasteners, attaching them is also child’s play.


Enjoy a day at the ex’s on big platforms

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Address: 210, boul. Princes, Toronto, Ontario

When: August 19 to September 5, 2022

Price: $9 for tickets after 5 p.m., $20 or $41.59 for passes

Why you need to go: Wander from the cotton candy stand to the Ferris wheel at the Canadian National Exhibition this summer. With shops, rides, games and snacks to keep you busy, you can indulge in this classic Toronto carnival experience as day fades into night.

Shoes to wear: These ’90s-inspired Yassu rigs are so cute, they demand a photoshoot in front of the ride. Lightweight, these fashionable slip-ons have a cushioned outsole that will comfortably hug your feet from dusk till dawn.


Before you embark on your action-packed summer, head to ALDO to start the season off right. It’s important to feel comfortable while looking camera ready for all the Instagrammable moments to come.

Whatever the activity, there are plenty of trendy options available to you. Your feet, your wallet and your wardrobe will thank you!

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Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.


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