Summer is here, Lions! I’m looking forward to unwinding, attending fitness classes at Tait McKenzie and trying a new hobby or two. Since I’m living on Keele campus this summer, I can’t wait to enjoy some on-campus activities on a student budget. Here is my list of five fun activities to try in the summer at York U!
1. Explore the York U Observatory
Have you ever wanted to get a closer look at the stars in the night sky? Located at the Petrie Science Building, the Allan I. Carswell Observatory at York U offers a public viewing program all year round. The observatory is open for public viewing every Wednesday night from April to September from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. If the sky is cloudy, don’t let the weather dampen your plans! You can still drop in for a slide show and tour the telescopes.
If you can’t visit the York U Keele campus on Wednesday nights, the Observatory also offers an online public viewing experience every Monday night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2. Visit York U’s Art Galleries
Do you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing? York U’s Keele campus is home to six art galleries and exhibits that are open to the public all year round.
Located in the Accolade East Building, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) showcases contemporary art and aims to connect artists with audiences. Other York U galleries located around campus include the Special Projects Gallery in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, the Gales Gallery in the Accolade West Building, the Akasa Gallery in the Student Centre, the Eleanor Winters Arts Gallery in Winters College and the Samuel J. Zacks Gallery in Stong College.
It’s no surprise that Glendon – a bilingual campus – is home to the Canadian Language Museum! Located at the Glendon Gallery, the Canadian Language Museum promotes an appreciation for all languages spoken in Canada. Exhibits feature “Canadian English, the Inuit Language, French in Canada, the Cree language, the Tapestry of languages in Canada and 150 years of language used on signs in Toronto.”
3. Get Active With the Tait McKenzie Summer Programs
It’s time to sweat it out and get active this summer by participating in the summer fitness programs at the Tait McKenzie Centre. At a cost of $15, you can get a Student Fitness Membership and join the group fitness classes. No registration is necessary — simply drop in for the activity of your choice!
4. Trace Your Family History at the Archives of Ontario
Did you know that the second-largest archive in Canada is located at the heart of York U’s Keele campus? The Archives of Ontario promotes public access to Ontario’s documentary heritage by collecting, managing and preserving significant records. The featured exhibit this month is called “Animals in the Archives,” which explores relationships between humans and animals and how the methods we’ve used to document these relationships has evolved. You can also spend the day by taking a public tour and explore your family history through the genealogy program!
5. Visit Glendon Campus
While all my classes are on Keele campus, I’m happy to say that I can easily visit the Glendon campus. York U offers shuttle services between the Keele and Glendon campuses for York U students, faculty and staff. Simply present your YU-card before you the board the bus outside of Vari Hall and the ride is free! The shuttle schedule can be found on the Glendon-Keele Shuttle Service webpage.
Offering a picturesque blend of the Toronto cityscape and beautiful parklands, you’ll want to get your camera ready when you visit Glendon! Stop by the Glendon Manor and stroll through the Rose Garden or head to the basement to visit Lunik Co-op, a volunteer-run café.
There’s so much to experience and learn in Lion’s territory. I hope to see you out and about around campus this summer!
Do you know of any other fun activities to do on campus this summer? Comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.