December 14, 2018 | Living in Etobicoke

Spending time with friends is always rewarding, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re planning activities. There’s only so many times you can visit your local coffee shop or bar before you feel like changing things up. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of places to explore in Etobicoke—whether you’re with one of your closest pals, or going out as a group. Before you plan your next get-together, check out these five fun activities to try with friends in the area.

Fun Things to do in Etobicoke With Friends

Humber Bay Arch Bridge

1) Enjoy the outdoors

If you’re searching for fun things to do with friends in Etobicoke, look no further than the great outdoors. The region is packed with gorgeous green space, and there are almost endless ways to enjoy it.

At Centennial Park, you’ll find a stadium, a conservatory, an arena, and even a ski hill and chalet. No matter the season, this extremely popular park is a great place to socialize with friends. Etienne Brule Park is another local favourite. Nature lovers will be seriously impressed by this beautiful outdoor space, which features scenic views along the waterfront. Of course, this list would be far from complete without a mention of Humber Bay Park West and Humber Bay Park East. Highlights include Sheldon Lookout (a great spot to see the skyline), the butterfly habitat, and a collection of fantastic biking trails.

2) Get active

We all know how important exercise is. Luckily, there are plenty of places to get fit and gyms in Etobicoke—and connect with friends at the same time.

If you have an adventurous workout buddy, consider checking out Bolderz Climbing Centre. Scale the rock-climbing walls in a class, or explore them with minimal guidance. For those seeking a more high-impact workout, the West End Athletic Club is well worth a visit. This boxing facility is far from intimidating, and it offers training for all skill levels. What if you prefer a traditional gym experience? If that’s the case, you’re sure to love the Etobicoke Olympium. Located in beautiful Centennial Park, this recreational space features a newly-renovated fitness centre and state-of-the-art pool.

3) Explore Etobicoke’s Restaurants

We all have our favourite restaurants, but there’s a lot to be said for trying some new restaurants in Etobicoke. If you and your friends enjoy sampling new dishes, why not see what Etobicoke’s food scene has to offer? The area’s diversity makes it a great place to try cuisines from around the globe. Check out Pulcinella for savoury Italian staples, Sushi Kaji for carefully-crafted Japanese food, and Tich for inventive Indian food (the eatery has been receiving a ton of positive buzz of late).

Don’t forget about the hidden gems. As just a couple of examples, you’ll find authentic Bosnian food at Mrakovic Meat and Deli and outstanding Somalian fare at Istar Restaurant.

4) Do some shopping in Etobicoke

Still looking for fun things to do with friends in Etobicoke? Why not hit up some Etobicoke’s malls or shopping districts? Sherway Gardens is a great place to start. As one of the largest malls in the GTA, it’s home to a vast selection of popular retailers (including an assortment of luxury brands). Cloverdale is another well-known shopping centre in Etobicoke—its variety of shops and over 60 years of history in the area make it a go-to for many locals.

If you prefer smaller boutiques, you’ll find plenty of them in Etobicoke’s vibrant neighbours. Islington Village, Mimico, and the Kingsway contain some of the most unique shopping districts in Etobicoke. So call some pals, grab a coffee, and get ready to shop until you drop. Pro tip: if you’re a fan of gourmet food, you’ll definitely want to visit the Cheese Boutique on Ripley Avenue (a favourite of foodies across the GTA).

5) Check out Montgomery’s Inn

Montgomery’s Inn isn’t your average museum. This heritage property was built in 1830, when it served as a tavern, farm, and local gathering place for the community. Today, the site is a little piece of living history that features restored rooms, a tea room, a bar, and more. If you’re interested in checking it out, grab some friends and head over for a tour and a spot of afternoon tea. While you’re there, you might want to explore the surrounding area. Montgomery’s Inn is located in Thomas Riley Park, which means you can visit some great nearby trails and (weather permitting) wildflower gardens.

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