Staying Cool in the City

Heat warnings, smog warnings, and UV warnings – if you’re from Toronto, then you’re more than familiar with these weather notices. They make up the Toronto summer experience trifecta, and now that we’ve hit August (typically our hottest month) we can expect to hear more of these alerts than ever. Oppressive 40 degree weather can be hard to handle. For most of us, it’s a frustrating addition to our commutes, but it can also be dangerous addition to our day, as soaring temperature threaten dehydration, heat exhaustion, and respiratory issues. Older individuals, children, and those suffering from chronic illnesses are especially at risk, making the summer months a particularly tricky time for anyone who wants to enjoy the season.


After the winter we’ve had, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t ready to embrace the summer. Luckily, we can enjoy the sun without risking our health – as long as we’re smart about it. There’s no reason to say indoors 24/7 until the mercury begins to drop in the fall. If you’re willing and able, open up the doors and explore the city this summer. We’ve got you covered because today we’ll go over some of our favourite ways to keep cool in the city.

But before we share anything, we’ll touch on a few basics first:

  1. Make sure your home base is comfortable – Give us a call to inspect your air conditioner. Our air conditioner repair technicians will ensure your appliance is running efficiently, so it can keep the air of your home purified and cool. That way, you can return to comfort after a day in the sun.
  2. Keep hydrated – When you leave your house, remember to pack a water bottle with you. Don’t just drink when you feel thirsty, as thirst is the first signs of dehydration. Keep sipping throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  3. Wear sun protection – Dress for the weather. Light, breathable fabrics are your best bet. Pack sunscreen with your water bottle, and don’t forget a hat and sunglasses, too.

When you keep these three things in mind, you’ll be better prepared for all that summer has to offer – the good and the bad – wherever the season takes you. If you’re stuck in the city for the rest of August, let Toronto Refrigeration offer up some local options for you.

Public Pools – There are 57 outdoor pools and 65 indoor pools located in the city, and there’s more than likely one in your very own neighbourhood. They’re a fun and cheap way to beat the heat, as city-run outdoor pools are completely free. If you aren’t one for crowds, check out Rotary Peace Park Pool, which is known to be quiet even during the busiest times.

Parks – Despite being known for its skyscraper and condo construction sites, Toronto is constantly trying to increase its green space. With over 1,600 parks around the city, you can easily find natural refuge from the concrete jungle. We suggest checking out David Balfour Park, as it has considerable shade to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s also a beautiful space to hang out with friends and family. Pack a picnic and don’t forget a Frisbee!

Water Parks – We may no longer have Ontario Place, but the city still offers a great selection of water attractions for you and the family to enjoy. Within the city centre, you can visit Toronto Zoo, Polson Pier, Regent Park Aquatic Centre, and Centreville Amusement Park. For those of you who can drive a little outside of the city limits, make sure to check out Canada’s Wonderful and Great Wolf Lodge.

The Waterfront – Anywhere near the lake is going to be cooler than the rest of the city. If you’re located downtown, the Harbourfront has plenty of restaurants, brewhouses, and beaches to choose from. In the west end, you can explore Humber Bay Park.

Museums – The world-class museums, art galleries, and education centres in the city offer an informative way to spend any afternoon. They also happen to be air conditioned. Check out the latest ROM exhibit to learn about the newest dinosaur discovery while you cool off.

It may be sweltering out on the sidewalk, but there are ways to keep cool this summer. Be sure to stay safe by preparing for the heat. Always stay hydrated and protected from the sun, and if you ever feel overheated, move to the refuge of an air conditioned building. That very well may be your own home, so don’t forget to call us. We’ll make sure your air conditioner is in tip top shape to take on the worst of the season.