Events and Things to Do in Toronto in August 2021

Wave Pool and Umbrellas at Canada's Wonderland
Wave Pool and Umbrellas at Canada's Wonderland

Summer started off slower than usual this year due to the fact that we still had several COVID restrictions. With Ontario safely in Step 3 of the reopening plan, there are more businesses open and more events to enjoy in Toronto. Read about these things to do in Toronto in August 2021.

National Bank Open 2021 (formerly Rogers Cup)

The National Bank Open 2021 (formerly Rogers Cup) returns to Toronto’s Aviva Centre for the men’s ATP Tour from August 7-15, 2021. After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, this tennis tournament, which is one of the most popular things to do in Toronto in August 2021, will be a welcome sight for many Torontonians. COVID-19 safety measures will be put in place to ensure the health and safety of guests and players.

The world’s best men’s tennis players will be playing at the National Bank Open 2021 at the Aviva Centre at York University in Toronto. At publication, the top-seeded men’s players are scheduled to play at the National Bank Open Toronto including Denis Shapovalov straight from his Wimbledon semi-finals appearance, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Milos Raonic, FĂ©lix Auger-Aliassime, and Vasek Pospisil. This tennis championship is one of the most popular Civic Holiday Weekend events in Toronto 2021 so you’ll want to get your tickets soon. Purchase tickets for the National Bank Open online.

Wave Pool and Umbrellas at Canada's Wonderland
Wave Pool and Umbrellas at Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is open at reduced capacity and that’s great news for people who enjoy theme and water parks! There are several COVID-19 restrictions in place including:

  • All guests must make a reservation for their visit date and arrival time in advance before coming to the park;
  • At least one member of your group should have the park mobile app on their phone; enabling the Location Services feature in the park app allows the park to send you real-time updates;
  • Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces, on rides, and outdoors where 2 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained with limited exceptions including Splash Works and water attractions for guests age two and older;
  • Guests will be required to complete a passive health screening prior to entering the park;
  • Hand sanitization stations have been added throughout the park;
  • Guests must bring contactless payment methods (other than cash) such as debit, credit card, Apple Pay, and Google Pay to use at the park.

Read about my experience as a Canada’s Wonderland WonderBlogger here.

Centre Island

Centre Island is open so book a seat on the ferry and bring the family to Centreville to enjoy the rides. If you are looking for something more sporty, go for a swim at Ward’s Island Beach or rent a bicycle or quadricycle and tour the island. You might want to simply stroll along the boardwalk and admire the sparkling water of Lake Ontario. There are several restaurants scattered among the island including The Riviera Ward’s Island Kitchen. Take the ferry from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Round-trip Ferry is Adults $8.50, Seniors (65+ with proof of age) $5.50, Youth (under 19 with ID) $5.50, Junior (Under 14) $4 and Infant (under 2) Free. Read this information about riding the ferry.

I hope you enjoy these things to do in Toronto in August 2021. Enjoy the rest of the summer!