Down By The Lake
The best part about living in New Toronto is being so close to the lake. We're a two minute walk away, so in the summer it's a great place to take a walk. It's nice to be in the city, but away from a lot of the busy aspects of the city and so close to nature. It's really the best way to get the best of both worlds while living or visiting Toronto.
Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence
Completed in September of 2009 - the Mastercard Centre houses four hockey rinks, one of which is Olympic size and is the new practice home for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and their farm team the Toronto Marlies.
The centre currently opens every Saturday between September 2009 - June 2010, between the hours of 2:15pm and 4:15pm, for a public skate. It's a great opportunity to get out for a family skate, check out the Leafs new digs and then try some of the wonderful restaurants that New Toronto has to offer.
As something that started out in someone's front yard - the Charity Haunt that will take place in October 2009, looks like something worth visiting! With volunteers ready to scare you in, what is to be, one of Toronto's most haunted locations - you're guaranteed a good Halloween scare! Even better - the money raised goes towards Sick Kids Hospital - what's better than that?
Adult tickets are normally $12, but you can buy them on their website for $11, or if you bring a group of 10 or more tickets are $9 each! They also have Youth Admission, Family passes and Youth Group rates available - check out the website for more details! Just make sure if you are going to bring a group you call in advance as they will not arrange it at the ticket booth for you!
Really looks like a great time for a great cause - why not check it out? Hopefully they'll continue it year after year!
The Beaches in Toronto
There is nothing better to do on a hot day than relax (or people watch) at one of Toronto's fabulous beaches! (Yes, we have many!)
Just a few:
1) Sunnyside Beach - A nice beach with playground, lots of parking, a nice pool and public facilities. Lakeshore Blvd and Parkside Drive.
2) Toronto Island Beaches - a) Hanlans point- clothing optional, gay friendly b) Center Island Beach- family friendly, facilities, nice sand c) Wards Island beaches- nice beach and good facilities. The only drawback to these beaches is that you have to take the ferry over there and that costs money. But there are other things to do on the island, restaurants, kids amusement park, etc. Catch the ferry from behind the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel.
3) Cherry Beach- Nice beach with free parking and boardwalk and some great cycling trails. Public facilities and dog friendly. Follow Lakeshore Blvd to Cherry Street, at the foot of Cherry Street (south end)
4) Woodbine Beach/Balmy Beach- Most people think this is the best beach in the city, lots to do here, volleyball, great boardwalk, great pool, lots of shops and restaurant/bars around, lots of people, parking sucks (expensive and hard to find) The boardwalk is great and goes on forever! At the foot of Woodbine Ave (south end)
5) Bluffers Park beach- My families fave, free parking, beautiful cliffs, huge beach, not too busy (especially weekdays) public facilities, boat launch, marina, picnic areas, etc. At the Foot of Brimley Rd
The water is usually okay, but after a rainstorn there is usually some contamination in the water so you must check the E. coli levels before swimming. There is a hotline, and they usually have them posted right at the beach and you can go online to check them.
A few websites to check out are:
Canada's version of Disneyland...so you didn't come to Toronto to spend time at an amusement park, I know the feeling...but if you have kids with you you may want to reconsider...especially if they are complaining about all the boring "tourist" stuff you are doing. Take them there one day and you have a complaint free holiday the rest of the time. You can even take them twice, the ticket is good for two entries or you can buy the discount tickets (good for one entry) at any "Shopper Drug mart" (located everywhere in Toronto...ask anyone where the nearest one is) or online at least three days in advance.
There are buses to take you or else you can rent a car. Directions are easy from anywhere in the GTA (look on their website) The one thing I would suggest is packing a lunch (even if you have to buy a little styrofoam cooler) Spend $25 at the grocery store for some fresh and healthy food, drinks and snacks, leave it in your car and come out and picnic when you get hungry. The food is not only expensive in the park, but greasy and gross too.....really! Drinks are expensive too, and much to my annoyance when I have ordered food there combos don't include a drink....don't know why they wouldn't call it a DUO...a combo is clearly more than two items....anyway, I digress.
There is also a fairly impressive waterpark, included in the admission great for hot days.