Summer Solstice in Downtown Markham

Summer Solstice marks the official start of summer and with it, the longest day of the year. With those additional hours of daylight, it’s worth taking the time to visit Downtown Markham to get the most out of your day. Here’s a list of 21 ways you can spend your extra hours of sunlight on June 21.

  1. Take the kids out to ride the Pride of Canada Carousel and enjoy frozen yogurt afterwards. The Carousel will be open all summer, seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  2. Get inspired at Curry’s art supply store and create fun summer crafts with the kids.
  3. Head to the Rudy Bratty YMCA Centre for one (or more!) of its fitness and recreation activities including yoga, line dancing, soccer, basketball, table tennis, Arriba and kettlebell.
  4. Start on your summer reading list by bringing a book to the outdoor patio of Aroma Espresso Bar and sipping on an Iced Berry Tea Lemonade.
  5. Meet friends for cocktails at Milestones Grill and Bar. The Original Bellini is its signature drink and is perfect for summer nights.
  6. Experience the European pastries and breads at Lucullus Bakery, baked using century-old methods. Try its famous egg tart while enjoying people watching in this unique, old-style ambience.
  7. It can be hard to find time for yourself. Use your extra hours by treating yourself for a well-deserved night at Salon Diva, downtown Markham’s only full service salon and spa.
  8. Keep dinner simple and fun with an old-fashioned picnic in the park. Head to Rouge Valley Park, Canada’s first national urban park, for a night outdoors the kids will love.
  9. Nothing is better than enjoying the long day with an evening walk in the natural beauty of Rouge Valley Conservation Centre. See what trails are close to you!
  10. Downtown Markham is filled with artwork from local artists. Use the extra daylight to take a walk around and explore the beauty and creativity of the area.
  11. Opt for a late night movie at Cineplex Cinemas Markham & VIP. Enjoy the IMAX, DBOX, 3D and VIP screens as well as the licensed lounge for the comfort of your viewing.
  12. Experiment with your food! Shake up your routine with Me Va Ma if you want to try Mediterranean cuisine or Kiu Japanese Restaurant for a truly authentic Japanese dining experience.
  13. Downtown Markham’s 72 acres of natural and landscaped green spaces make it the largest urban park in North America. Go for a leisurely bike ride to explore this great outdoor space.
  14. Use Summer Solstice as an opportunity to take one of the fun fitness classes offered at the Markham Birchmount GoodLife Fitness.
  15. Celebrate the start of summer with a backyard BBQ. There’s no better way to enjoy the weather than being with friends and family over summer food favourites.
  16. Explore your neighbourhood in Downtown Markham by getting out for a run or a walk.
  17. Get the kids away from their screens by taking them out to fly a kite in the long sunny hours.
  18. Use the extra daylight to spot the birds who call Rouge Valley home. Bring your binoculars and set off on one of the trails in your neighbourhood.
  19. Capture the longest day by taking photos of the sunset. Soak up those long hours of sunlight and watch nature’s best show.
  20. Take advantage of the light by going fishing in the Rouge Valley mouth and marshes. There you can find bass, crappie, sunfish, carp, trout, suckers.
  21. Go to Good Catch Boil House to experience Markham’s first raw seafood bar. Between the extensive fresh daily seafood menu, 14-foot HD big screen TV and its selection of 18 craft beers and handcrafted cocktails, you can catch the game and great food.

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