CITY HACKS

Sub­ject: Cot­tag­ing in the city for those with­out a cot­tage

North Toronto Post - - News -

With the price of real es­tate in the city go­ing through the roof, some fam­i­lies might find it harder to in­vest in a va­ca­tion prop­erty, es­pe­cially one that comes with a Muskoka price tag. To that end, there are a myr­iad of ways to en­joy a cot­tage-like ex­pe­ri­ence right in Toronto.

For ex­am­ple, mak­ing s’mores over an open fire might not work in the back­yard, but take a trip to Glory Hole, at 1596 Queen St. W., and you can buy a batch that might be even more de­li­cious.

Yes, cot­tag­ing does in­clude beer, so why not spend an af­ter­noon tour­ing some of the city’s best new craft brew­eries? Left Field Brew­ery, at 36 Wagstaff Dr. in the east end, has a nice lit­tle lounge area to watch the game while en­joy­ing some base­ballthemed suds.

Ward’s Is­land is about as cot­tagey as one could imag­ine, just min­utes from down­town. No trip to Ward’s is com­plete with­out a round of disc golf, a tour of the whim­si­cal lo­cal cot­tages, an ice cream from the Is­land Cafe and a dip in the lake. Ca­noes and kayaks are also avail­able for rent.

What about fish­ing? There are plenty of spots around town, in­clud­ing High Park’s Gre­nadier Pond and along the Hum­ber River.

And on May 1, one could even em­brace some old school Cana­di­ana by tak­ing part in Pad­dle the Don, a char­ity event which is the only time lo­cals can pad­dle the Don River.

And there are no black flies!

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