10 Fun things to do this summer for cannabis enthusiasts in Ontario

Published Jul 9, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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The summer that lies ahead for most of us is going to be vastly different than anything that we had initially hoped and planned for, but there is still plenty to do and discover if you know where to look. So if you’re looking for a good time without having to travel too far from home, you’re a cannabis enthusiast, and you reside in the great Canadian province of Ontario, then you’ll want to check out this list.

1. Search for the best fishing spots

The best fishing spots are often impossible to find because we simply don’t have the time, but this is one activity that is still allowed during these heavily regulated times. That’s right, though you’ll need a permit to fish most of the season, they are easily obtainable online, and when you’re surrounded by big beautiful lakes on all sides, this summer might be the perfect time to get to know about all of the hidden gems in your area.

2. The drive-in

Many of us are itching for our first big date night at the movies, be it with a special someone or with the whole family, but unfortunately, it will be a while before most indoor theaters will be allowed to re-open. Though you always have the option of staying in, if you’ve had enough of staring at the same four walls day after day, then you might want to check out your local drive-in.

They might not be offering huge names that you were hoping for, as Hollywood has essentially shut down and cancelled movie releases that bring in the majority of their income, but you can still take in a classic, or a newly released show on the big screen from the comfort and safety of your car in Ontario, and if you head out without the kids in tow, you can hotbox your joy ride to enhance the experience of fun.

3. Camping

When the snow in Ontario melted, many eager campers were awaiting the opportunity to pitch a tent, or dust off their trailer for their next great adventure. Unfortunately, all provincial parks and campgrounds completely shut off to transient campers, leaving many without their much-needed escape into nature, but all of that has now changed.

Most provincial parks and private grounds are now open to house up to 70% capacity, and though many are running with reduced services by shuttering shared facilities like showers and laundry rooms, they all still offer a wonderful experience within nature at an affordable rate. So, if you want to get out in the sun, away from people, and enjoy a big blunt fireside, this is the summer to do so.

4. Golfing

Gold courses are a popular hit among Ontarians who flooded the courses the moment that they could, but a lot of people still don’t realize that these places of recreation are open to the public. Both mini put and long-range gold games are available, and no matter where you live, you won’t have to travel very far to partake in the fun that can last anywhere from an hour to an entire day.

Cannabis enthusiasts, in particular, benefit from this, as the spaced-out outdoor atmosphere is ideal for social distancing, and it’s also perfect for the moments when you really want to break for a few tokes because most allow smoking on the green. We even have a few cannabis-focused gold courses in Ontario, so why not get your game on while working on a bold and beautiful tan to sport for the summer.

5. Find a farm to pick your own fruit

Ontario is a province that is home to thousands of farms, and though we don’t have a long enough growing season to offer things like oranges or lemons for fresh picking, we do have some of the most incredible apple orchards, grape vineyards, berry patches, and cherry-picking stations so that you can indulge in all of your favourite juicy fruits when they’re in season.

The biggest bonus of choosing this activity is that you can often get high as you meander through the farm, and even if you can’t, then you can toke before you go and show up with a good case of munchies that will allow you to truly get your money’s worth by eating a whole pile as you work to fill your containers to bring home to enjoy later. You won’t even have to feel bad because you’ll get exercise, and it’s all really healthy for you, so why not try it out for yourself?

6. Beach surfing

You might not be able to dine in at your favourite intimate restaurant this summer in Ontario, but you can hit all of the best beaches here and we’ve got a lot of them. With water on all side of the province and some of the biggest and cleanest lakes in all of Canada, if you want to go sunbathing, surfing, build a sandcastle, rent a Seadoo, or take out a big boat, this is definitely a great place to enjoy all that this summer.

So, pack your best one-hitter, and head to the shores for some incredible water fun to cool you down. You could even pack up a picnic, drinks, and spare clothes and make an entire day of the endeavor without having to spend a fortune while you’re doing it, so go wild, don’t hold back, and have the time of your life at one of the hundreds of public or private beaches across Ontario.

7. Hiking through trails or conservation areas

Maybe you aren’t a huge fan of water sports or activities, and watching old school movies might not have the appeal that it once did, but one thing that changes significantly each and every single year is the trail systems that you can find all across the province of Ontario. Each season offers a different array of colors and a unique experience that will keep you coming back for more.

So, gather some high protein snacks, some pre-rolls, bug spray, and a camera and head out on one that is near you. With thousands of different options across the province, you can find everything from paved trails to more natural hills and trees that will allow you to brush up with nature while enjoying all of your favourite stains on weed.

8. Take up archery or axe throwing

Most entertainment venues in the province have closed down, and it doesn’t look like most will be allowed to reopen anytime soon. Once they do, they likely won’t resemble the experiences that we once loved, but there are still some pretty exciting options out there if you’re willing to try something different, and one of them is archery or axe throwing.

These ranges offer plenty of room for proper social distancing protocols, and they have very few high touch surfaces which are all disinfected with ease between guests, so you can enjoy yourself with friends and as little risk as possible. Though it might not be everyone's cup of tea, it can be a whole lot of fun, even if you’ve never done it before, and it’s a true test of coordination that you won’t find anywhere else.

9. Search for haunted places

Ontario might not be known for its ghosts and goblins aside from the infamous murder capital London, but we have some terrifying places and areas that are in need of some exploring. You can bring along some friends or see what you can catch on camera as you drift about alone, and there is no shortage of both indoor and outdoor spots to check out in this province.

Whether you take in prince Edward Heights as the famous Ghost Hunters did, or you choose something more ominous like the Lost Villages Museum or the Blinkbonnie House which is widely known for its terrifying and well recorded paranormal activity, you are sure to be on edge as you enjoy the adventure of a lifetime right here in Ontario.

10. Bicycle adventures

Not everyone has the luxury of a vehicle to explore with, but a lack of a motorized car shouldn’t stop you from having a tonne of fun this summer if you’re lucky enough to be in Ontario. We have rural bike trail systems and in city options that take you from some of the thickest areas of bush straight through the busiest sections of the cities and towns that you know and love.

The best part about this choice is that you are completely free to make a whole day of it, and you can smoke or vape all of the cannabis that you’d like along the way because Ontario’s no-smoking laws don’t extend this far, which makes it an ideal option for enthusiasts who are also avid outdoor lovers. So, if you don’t already have one, find yourself a bicycle and see what you can find out on the trails.

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