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Natural Wine, Ice Cream and Kids' Stuff: 17 Things to Cap Off Your Summer in Canada

From self-care for beards in Vancouver to high-end threads in Montreal, here's what's new and noteworthy across the country in August.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Food & Drink

Bar Ape

Bar Ape

What started as an adorable truck selling curbside gourmet bars is now a seasonal stand near St. Clair West, with soft-serve gelato and sundaes in flavours like Ontario sour cherry and brown butter.

bar-ape.com

 

Futura Granita & Gelato

Photo: Hector Vasquez

Futura Granita & Gelato

Just a few blocks west, cool down with a refreshing granita – an icy Italian treat similar to sorbet – in classic flavours like limone, or shake things up with beet and Granny Smith apple or masala chai.

facebook.com/futuragraniteria

 

iHalo Krunch

Photo: Sara Tewfik

iHalo Krunch

Social media-savvy goth ice-cream fans rejoice: This Queen West shop is an Instagram favourite for its picture-perfect black-charcoal cones filled with a twist of vibrant purple taro soft-serve.

ihalo-krunch.business.site

Outing

Waterfront Night Market

Market Watch

At the Waterfront Night Market, Canada’s largest pan-Asian festival, sample from more than 150 vendors hawking everything from squid on a stick to stinky tofu (sequestered in its own area with other strong-smelling foods).

August 10–12,
waterfrontnightmarket.com

Shopping

Consonant

Face Value

Pop into Toronto-based skincare brand Consonant’s bright new west end flagship for a skincare consult, workshops with naturopaths and nutritionists, or simply to stock up on their natural sunscreen and fizzing bath bombs.

consonantskincare.com

Vancouver - YVR

Grooming

Dandy Barber

Shave and Splurge

Housed inside a spruced-up east end heritage home with a slick, muted colour palette, Dandy Barber boosts relaxation with slow-paced shaves. Take an old-school Belmont Legacy chair and enjoy the scents of the place, like witch hazel, cucumber and chamomile.

dandybarber.com

Outing

KitsFest

Photo: Tim Braund

KitsFest

Break a sweat at this annual sports festival, where touch football, water polo and sunset yoga for all levels unfold against postcard-worthy beach and mountain views.

kitsfest.com

 

Vancouver Aquarium

Photo: Hector Vasquez

Family Sleepovers

The whole pod will have a whale of a time bunking down at the Vancouver Aquarium for a night of marine exploration themed around seals and other fin-footed creatures.

vanaqua.org

 

Playland

Photo: Rony Shram

The Fair at the PNE

Playland turns into a world-class fair featuring amusement rides, roller coasters, farm animals and Boyz II Men in concert – that makes for one fine day.

August 18–September 3,
pne.ca/thefair

Food & Drink

Aloha Bowls

Aloha Bowls (Photo: Brett Burns - highervisuals.co)

Truck Yeah!

Kick your lunch break into high gear. Chef Paul Natrall’s Mr. Bannock is the city’s first indigenous food truck – try the juniper berry dry-rubbed chicken – while Aloha Bowls keeps it fresh with superfood-packed smoothies (extra spirulina, please!). Victoria fave Superbaba hits the streets with Middle East-inspired dishes like fresh falafel and their famous turmeric cookie.

alohabowls.ca, eatsuperbaba.com, mrbannock.com

Montréal - YUL

Food & Drink

Club Pelicano

Photo: Influencr Agency

Club Pelicano

Though this downtown watering hole is tiled like an art deco swimming pool, the only thing you’ll be diving into is the French and organic-heavy wine list. Order: Dry Bourgogne aligoté from Pierre Morey.

clubpelicano.com

 

Mon Lapin

Photo: Alison Slattery / Two Food Photographers

Mon Lapin

The Joe Beef crew is at it again, so line up for all-natural wines and fresh veggie-and-seafood-focused sharing plates. Order: Pinard et Filles’ zippy verre de gris rosé out of Magog, Quebec.

vinmonlapin.com

 

Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Pair natural Italian vino with the mini-snacks this Mile-Ex bar is named for, like roasted red-pepper toast. Order: Lambrusco, the slightly sparkling red from Emilia-Romagna.

cicchettibar.ca

Shopping

Ssense

Photo: Ssense/Dominik Hodel

All Dressed

At high-end online store Ssense’s new five-storey Old Montreal flagship, go beyond the Kenzo and Versace-bedecked racks for a post-shopping bite at their chic café with brutalist vibes (menu by Le Fantôme’s Jason Morris).

ssense.com

Outing

Fierté Montreal

Photo: Alison Slattery / Two Food Photographers

Pride and True

The city flies its rainbow flag for Fierté Montreal’s 10 days of celebration, including a bounty of blockbuster performances. Check out Drag Superstars, hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, for a mix of drag, comedy and a whole lot of singing, or headlining acts like Canadian electronic icon Peaches, bounce artist Big Freedia and Puerto Rican rapper Princess Nokia. Close out festivities with the raucous parade, culminating in the heart of the Gay Village (August 19).

August 9–19,
fiertemontrealpride.com

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