It has been a while since the anticipation of summer has felt as exciting as it currently does. As events such as live music and festivals return, life almost feels like it once did before the pandemic. However, as inflation continues to rise, many struggles to keep up with the cost of living. Climbing gas prices means cancelling summer road trips or foregoing that coffee run before work to save up spare change. Despite this, it is still possible to curate an affordable summer itinerary. Below are Five Budget-Friendly Activities to try this summer!
Plan a Carpool Road trip with Friends:
Road trips are quintessential on a to-do summer activities list. Picture driving with the windows down at sunset in the cool summer breeze while your favourite playlist is blaring from the radio. Of course, an increase in the cost of gas means a simple road trip quickly turns pricey. Instead, plan a destination getaway with friends and carpool! Carpooling means everyone contributes toward paying for gas and it is more environmentally friendly!
Host an Eco-Friendly Picnic at a local park:
With the return of longer, sunnier days comes the desire to get outside as much as possible. Hosting an eco-friendly picnic is as simple as bringing your food and cutlery from home with the family. Bringing your picnic supplies from home helps reduce waste and single-use plastics, making it environmentally friendly and good for the wallet. So, unfurl that picnic blanket underneath a canopy of oak trees at your favourite park and enjoy!
Watch a Movie Under the Stars for Free:
Many municipalities offer free film viewings in public parks during the summer. It’s a fun way to enjoy a movie under the stars while devouring your favourite treat. This year the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show returns with a presentation of Curtains Up! a 21-evening film festival celebrating the performing arts. Opening night begins on June 23rd at Fort York and runs until August 28th. While admission is free charitable donations are appreciated. More details are available here.
Visit your local library to borrow books and experiences:
Public Libraries are more than homes for books; many offer a variety of resources, programs, and services for free with your library card! Want to learn to play an instrument this summer? Inquire to see if your library has a musical instrument library, or maybe you hope to learn Spanish before your trip abroad? Libraries are a treasure trove of experiences to access locally and without cost so long as you have access to a library card. So why not learn something new this summer?
Plan a Day Trip to a Provincial Park:
Speaking of the abundance of resources public libraries offer, in 2021, the Ontario Government partnered with public libraries across the province to provide the Ontario Parks Permit Lending Program. You can now check out an Ontario Parks Seasonal Permit from a participating library near you! The permit pass does not cover overnight stays in the provincial parks or the cost of equipment rentals, but it does provide coverage for park admission for the day. The Ontario Parks Permit Lending Program is a great and free way to explore and discover Ontario’s vast scenery and wilderness!
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