Looking to get stoned and explore Toronto without breaking the bank this summer? Whether you’re still indebted to your winter credit card bill or just looking to for some priceless recommendations, this city has some great free options for stoners.
To stay high the whole time without spending extra cash, here are 10 fun things to do for free in Toronto this summer.
Revel in the great outdoors at High Park
Visit High Park and explore the epic blooming cherry blossoms, zoo, ponds and nature trails. Located on Bloor Street West, High Park spans more than 160 hectares and is the largest park in the City of Toronto proper. It offers a full day of fun at no cost, making it a great spot for a smoke sesh. It’s easily accessible on the TTC and there are two free parking lots.
Window shop along Queen West
Smoke your favourite strain and travel through time by visiting the antique shops and vintage boutiques along Queen West. You can spend hours at Public Butter scouring the racks upon racks of previously loved clothing and if you’re more of an antique furniture enthusiast, check out Passion for the Past Antiques & Collectibles. They’re fun to visit even when you know you won’t be making a purchase.
Find new munchies-inspo at the Junction Farmers Market
Being surrounded by fresh food is lovely when stoned and it’ll probably inspire a fun new recipe for you to try. Junction Farmers Market on Dundas Street West usually opens at the end of May and offers a variety of vendor stalls to drool over, like delicious handmade cheese from Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. or honey-centric products from Bees Universe. Plus, vendors often hand out free samples to tide you over until you can satisfy your munchies.
(Date) Night at the museum
The Art Galley of Ontario is free until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. It’s the perfect place for you and your partner or group of pals to get lost in someone else’s creativity after smoking up.
Get active at Trinity Bellwood’s Park
Grab some weed and the gang to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine for a leisurely game of frisbee or soccer. Not only is this completely free and fun, but drinking in the park is generally accepted and there are wonderful people who will come by to collect your empty cans. If you’re at the park on a Tuesday afternoon after May 7, be sure to take a walk through the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market.
Read to your heart’s content at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is heaven on earth for bookish and non-bookish stoners alike. Wander through the aisles of this historic library that is home to some awesome finds. Bookworms should also check out the only brick-and-mortar Penguin Random House store located on Front Street West or the Lilian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library on College Street for more free fun while baked.
Act boujee in Yorkville
Heading to Yorkville without spending money might sound tough, but it’s a beautiful neighbourhood to wander around in stoned and marvel at the glamour. There’s a wonderful stretch of Bloor Street in Yorkville that’s been dubbed ‘Mink Mile’ for the designer labels that line the streets. From Tiffany & Co. to Hermes, Cartier and Harry Rosen, there’s no doubt that strolling through this neck of the woods will be a fun treat for your high mind.
Check out city-sized botanical gardens
Every great city has a great botanical garden. The Toronto Botanical Gardens, on Lawrence Street East, offer free summer events including guided tours of the massive gardens, outdoor music concerts and workshops. The gardens themselves are open daily for free from dawn until dusk, so it’s a great space to throw down a blanket and have a morning picnic or evening snack date. The gardens aspire to inspire humans to live in harmony with mother nature, making it an ideal spot for earth-loving stoners to connect.
Stroll the Harbourfront
The Harbourfront neighbourhood is a vacation from the city, without leaving the city. Located south of the downtown core along the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, the Harbourfront is always bustling in the summer, with vendors, buskers and lots of places to snap pics for social media. While it isn’t free, you can also hop on the Toronto Island Ferry for about $8 return-trip to explore the Toronto Islands for a day. Ward’s Island offers a beach, bathrooms and an overall leisurely island feel.
Soak Up Some Culture In The Distillery Historical District
A common spot for celebrations of all kinds, like weddings, movie shoots and world-renowned festival, the Distillery Historical District is perfect for the arts-and-culture-centric stoner. While some activities will cost a couple bucks, there are lots of art galleries and shops to wander through for free. We recommend browsing through the thousands of trinkets at Blackbird Vintage Finds and admiring the architecture of the historic buildings.