Summer bucket list: Seven things you must do before summer ends

The days are longer, the weather is warmer and summer is now. Whether you're looking to take a vacation, embrace your inner foodie, go to a music festival or relax—we've put together a list of must-do activities to help you make the most of your Canadian summer without breaking the bank.

1. Head up north for a cottage getaway:

Planning a cottage getaway with friends and family is a great way to get out of the city, connect with nature and recharge. Whether you're a water skiing adventure seeker or a S'mores savant—there's something for everyone to do by the lake.

However, nothing can sour a weekend up north like discovering unexpected damage around your cottage. Before packing up the car to embark on your weekend getaway, cottage owners should check out these five tips to ensure your retreat has the right insurance coverage for the season.

A girl kayaking.

2. Celebrate the beauty of diversity at Pride:

Wondering how you can celebrate the history and courage of the LGBTQ2+ community? Join us at one of the 83 Pride festivals across Canada that TD is supporting. We're ready to continue the #ForeverProud celebration with our employees, customers and communities throughout the summer. Here are some upcoming events to put on your radar:

Vancouver Pride – August 5

NWT Pride – August 8 – August 12

Greater Moncton River Pride – August 8 – August 13

Montreal Pride – August 9 – August 19

Ottawa Capital Pride – August 19 – August 25

Quebec City Pride – August 31 – September 3

Peterborough Pride – September 15 – September 24

TD employees waving pompoms at a Pride parade.

3. Rock out at an outdoor concert:

No matter what your summer anthem may be, it always sounds better when played under the sun or stars. TD Music partners with a number of regional organizations that offer free music programming so everyone can share in their love of music. Whatever your favourite genre may be, there's something for everyone. This year we are sponsoring over 90 music festivals from coast to coast. Here are some upcoming events to check out and be sure to check out TD Music for our full summer lineup.

Play the Parks – June 1 – September 18
Toronto, ON

TD Concerts at the Pier – July 5 – August 18
White Rock, BC

Festival Haiti En Folie Montreal – July 25 – July 29
Montreal, QC

Mississauga Latin Festival – July 28 – July 29
Mississauga, ON

Canmore Folk Music Festival – August 4 – August 6
Canmore, AB

A girl sitting on someone's shoulders at a concert.

4. Join a summer reading club with your kids:

What can you do with your kids if you've already been to amusement parks, playgrounds and the aquarium? Why not join a summer reading club? Offered free online and at over 2,000 public libraries across Canada, the TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading club for kids of all ages, interests and abilities to keep kids reading and inspired all summer long. For more information on how to register visit tdsummerreadingclub.ca.

A mother and daughter reading a book on a couch.

5. Check out the local eats and talent at #UnionSummer:

Are you living or travelling to Toronto this summer? Do you love local eats, music and performances? If you answered yes to these questions, then you have to check out Union Summer.

Held at Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, Union Summer will run from July 1 - August 19, and will bring a variety of food, musicians, film screenings and live performances to one of the city's liveliest hubs.

With an epic view of the CN Tower serving as the backdrop, it’s a showcase of Toronto’s hottest restaurants, talent and culture at the gateway to the city.

An outdoor market at Union Station in Toronto.

Photo Credit: Spring Morris

6. Take me out to the ball game:

If hotdogs, sports and the smell of roasted peanuts are your thing, there's no better way to spend a summer evening than watching the Toronto Blue Jays play ball.

The Rogers Centre is where it all happens. Head there early and make your way down to the 100-level seats to watch batting practice and try to score an autograph, or check out the Jays Shop to pick up fan gear and souvenirs. Once the first pitch has been thrown just sit back and enjoy the game while soaking up the sun under the retractable stadium roof.

Overhead view of the Rogers Centre during a baseball game.

7. Relax and recharge with a staycation:

Feeling stressed? Worried you're not taking the necessary time to relax this summer? Don't worry, you're not alone.

According to a TD survey, more than two thirds of working Canadians surveyed said they experience moderate to high levels of stress at their job. And while nearly everyone agrees that taking time to de-stress is important, more than half of us don't take the time to invest in ourselves as often as we'd like.

A relaxing staycation, attending a local yoga retreat or a spa weekend could help you feel calmer and happy about the money you saved by not going on an exotic getaway or buying an expensive flight. Many urban spas also offer deals "off season" in the warmer months when they are less busy so  a little planning could save you money and help you fight stress.

Man on a hammock with a dog sitting next to it.