Health & beauty guide for expats in Toronto
There are all sorts of opportunities for physical activity, sports, health & beauty in Toronto. Below are a few ideas to point you in the right direction.
There are literally hundreds of gyms and fitness centres in the Greater Toronto Area to choose from. Membership fees to these gyms usually cost an average of $40 per month, with the possibility of a one-time fee that needs to be paid up front. Most fitness clubs in Toronto have personal trainers on staff to help you form a fitness plan and stick to it along with up-to-date equipment and a variety of exercise classes. Most gyms also offer a small shop where you can purchase fitness related items or personal items such as towels, locks for your locker, and personal grooming supplies for when you hit the showers. Below is a list of some of the more popular gyms and fitness clubs in Toronto.
- System Fitness
A great gym with 2 locations, good rates and a women’s only section.
- Good Life Fitness
A large gym with several coed branches.
A large gym in central Toronto with reduced rates for low income families.
A women’s only gym with several locations city-wide.
- Eclypse Fitness
A coed gym with several cardio machines.
These are just a few examples of the many choices available for fitness clubs in Toronto. For a complete list, click here.
Golf enthusiasts will find no shortage of great places to play in Toronto. The five main courses below are considered amongst the best in the country, and offer an excellent challenge for the seasoned pro and amateur alike. Click on the link for more details on each course. These are public courses, open to all, but green fees do apply.
- Dentonia Golf Course
- Don Valley Golf Course
- Humber Valley Golf Course
- Scarlett Woods Golf Course
- Tam O’Shanter Golf Course
There are also plenty of pro shops to help you keep up with the latest in golf gear. To find a golf store near you, click here.
Tennis is extremely popular in Toronto, with hundreds of indoor and outdoor courts available for a game. There are far too many clubs to list here, but here is a list of all the tennis courts Toronto has to offer. It’s a good idea to call ahead and reserve a court before heading out to play.
Looking for someone to play tennis with? Toronto’s I Love Tennis Club will help you find a partner in your area. They also have a lively forum available for those who want to talk tennis.
The city of Toronto also co-hosts the Rogers Cup with the city of Montreal. This major sporting event brings some of the biggest stars in tennis to the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto for an exciting pro tournament. The event is generally held in the middle two weeks of August.
There’s nothing more invigorating than a dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day. Click the links below to find a list of swimming pools available in each Toronto neighborhood. These are a mix of public pools and private pools, check carefully for rates and hours.
- North York Swimming Pools
- Central Toronto & East York Swimming Pools
- Etobicoke Swimming Pools
- Scarborough Swimming Pools
Competitive swimmers may want to join a swim club. Here is a list of every swim club in the city of Toronto, with links to their websites.
Yoga’s not just a fad anymore. Millions of men and women have discovered its benefits, and there is a myriad of choice when it comes to yoga classes and studios in Toronto.
- Yoga Toronto maintains an excellent website with an up-to-date list of yoga classes, studios, and instructors. Below is a list of some of the more popular studios in the city.
- Octopus Garden
440 Bloor St.
- Bhavana Yoga
242 Carlton St.
- Moksha Yoga
372a Danforth Ave.
- Pure Intent Healing Arts Centre
64 Oxford St.
- Breathe Yoga Studio
2253 Bloor St. West
- Ashtanga Yoga Centre
3215a Yonge St.
- 889 Yonge Yoga and Holistic Lifestyle
Soccer is an internationally beloved sport, and with its vast multicultural population, it is wildly popular in Toronto.
Toronto Soccer maintains an excellent website with an up-to-date database of the massive number of soccer teams and leagues operating in Toronto. Click here to find a footy team in your area.
Toronto is also home to the Toronto FC, the Toronto Major League Soccer team. Their games are currently played at BMO Field, on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, and they’re known for their raucous and passionate fans.
There are plenty of other great opportunities for sport and fitness in Toronto. Click the links below to find a facility that suits your needs.