Enjoy Toronto has information on Toronto Island Park, Centreville Amusement Park, the Toronto Zoo, the High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm. The main Toronto website has cycling & hiking maps, lists of area golf courses, sports fields, tennis courts, gymnasiums, 40 indoor and 50 outdoor skating rinks, 40 indoor and 60 outdoor swimming pools, countless parks and camp sites. The site also has guides to local museums, arts and cultural attractions including theater, dance and opera, and a calendar of Toronto's ethnic festivals and other special events.
On nice summer days most of the Village seems to head for the gay beach at Hanlan's Point. Get naked if you want to, it's been officially clothing optional since 2001. Take the ferry from Harbourfront at Queens Quay (end of Bay St) to Toronto Island, then follow the pathway south until you see signs.
Rainbow Ridge Resort, 10 minutes west of Orangeville ON. 72 acres of clean, quiet campsites, hiking trails, swimming pool, games rooms, volleyball court. Events include Saturday dancing, drag shows, karaoke, talent shows and bonfires; also pot-luck dinners and food service.
Riverside RV Campground - Gay campground & RV park, 96 beautiful wooded acres in Tweed, ON, minutes from Highway 7, halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, the Land O' Lakes region of eastern Ontario. Adults 19+, mostly men, women welcome. Spacious campsites by the Skootamatta River, modern washrooms, swimming pool, baseball diamond, volleyball area, hiking & nature trails, boat rentals, fishing, canoeing, recreation hall, primitive tent camping, group camping areas, trailer & cottage rentals, laundromat. See website or call 613-478-2229.
The Stratford Festival presents stimulating, thought-provoking theater productions. Their 2012 season features 14 productions this summer and into October, including Shakespeare’s Henry V & Much Ado About Nothing, plus others from the classical repertoire such as Elektra by Sophokles. Venues: Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St; Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St; Tom Patterson Theatre, 111 Lakeside Dr; Studio Theatre, 34 George St; Studio Theatre Annex, 34 George St, E.
For works by George Bernard Shaw and others, there's an annual festival throughout the summer and fall months, at Niagara on the Lake. Eleven plays based on works by Shaw, Noël Coward, Henrik Ibsen, Terrence McNally, Terence Rattigan, and others, can be see at four stages: The Festival Theatre, The Royal George Theatre, The Court House Theatre, & The Studio Theatre. See Shawfest.com
The Gay Village, around the intersection of Church and Wellesley, contains a profusion of sophisticated bars, cafes, and restaurants. Grab a seat, watch the guys, (and guys) and girls stroll up and down, particularly along Church Street. Pride and other gay often fill these streets with music and throngs of people.
Go west young man --to an increasingly gay West End. Start your explorations at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W) to find a vibrant emerging queer district that mixes up all kinds of young, creative and alternative types.