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It’s Time to Get Outside, Bay Street

The snow is only a few months away, and with the few short months that we have as a respite from winter’s clutch, you might as well spend as much of it outside as you can. Working in the Bay street towers can sometimes make it difficult to get a little fresh air. But take it from us, even in the concrete jungle, there are plenty of ways to get out.

FIND THE HIDDEN GEMS

Many of the skyscrapers in the financial district have landscaped and manicured flower gardens, along with wide open resting places and new public works of art to find throughout the area. One suggestion is Commer Court, where you can check out Derrick Hudson’s Tembo, Mother of Elephants.

EXPLORE CLOUD GARDENS AND ITS CONSERVATORY

One of the most impressive public spaces in the area is still unexplored by many. Tucked away just west of Yonge Street on Temperance, Cloud Gardens features a conservatory open to the public through the warmer months. The outdoor section of Cloud Gardens features a roaring waterfall and Margaret Priest’s large-scale Monument to Construction Workers uses materials representing 25 different trades active across Toronto.

RELAX ON A PATIO, DAY OR NIGHT

What would a summer in Toronto be without one essential ingredient: the patio. If it’s during the day, Dineen Coffee Co. at Yonge and Temperance feels like it’s far enough from work to call it a mini vacation. For lunch or dinner, your options are always expanding. The recently opened Merchant Tavern on 181 University at Adelaide is a great suggestion, and also an on-the-way-home location for many. Happy exploring!

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