BMO Beautiful-- Brand New Soccer Field!
Apparently this is "Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium." It holds 20 000 people and is the home of the new Toronto FC, our first major league soccer team.
For those of you not living in North America soccer = football and is a far more interesting and enjoyable game to watch than our football, with the big beefy guys in leggings that shine!
Equipment: This staidum is right down at the lake, so unless it is blistering hot and humid I would bring a sweater or a blanket for when the sun goes down.
Probably best to take the TTC if you are in the city. The parking is most likely expensive.
TTC- Bathurst Streetcar 511 south to Exhibition Place
-Dufferin Bus #29 south to Exhibition Place
-or- if you live out of town the Go Train stops right there, station name Exhibition.Related to:
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Hey it's still pro hockey! And just as good!
To those that enjoy watching professional hockey, you have to go and check out the Toronto Roadrunners ( who are the farm team for the NHL team the Edmonton Oilers). Yes I know it is not the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it is still professional hockey and well worth the ticket price. Buy a standing room ticket for $19 and you wont have a problem finding a seat. Unlike going to a game at the ACC, you can a very reasonably priced beer and food as well. Well worth the money.Related to:
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Dog sled races in Vaughn
The dogs were howling and whimpering with excitement to start the race. The lead dog on the start line was being held by referees' assistant tightly to prevent him from starting pre-maturely. The point dog was so excited that he was jumping about 3 feet in the air to get going. Another assistant had to hold his tug line for trying to stop him. The wheel dogs were anxiously looking at their owner families on the side of the track and the owner-driver himself to get a cue for pulling. And when the assistant let the lead dog go, the four dogs pulled on their individual strings that tugged into the Gangline with a sudden jerky motion that the sled immediately started rolling at a break-neck speed that confounded the immature spectators-photographers who had casually lined up at the sides of the track to get beautiful shots.
Several 4 dogs sled teams followed one after the other and the excitement of the dogs when they got the sniff of the races and on the start line is something that cannot be described in writing. You have to see it to to understand. Those dogs who were not allowed to pull in these races or were scheduled for other races were howling in protest.
The dog sled races are held every year around January and February at the Kortright Centre of Conservation on Pine Valley Drive in Vaughn. The city of Vaughn is about 40 kms northwest from my home in Mississauga and about 20 kms north from the heart of Toronto.
Equipment: If you want to participate in the race then you need all of the following:
1. Sledding equipment: sled and dogs. Any northern breed that can pull the sleds will do - Alaskan and Siberian Huskies, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, cross-breeds and mutts. It does not matter.
2. As an spectator you need to be bundled up appropriately. It is a prolonged exposure and you need to cover up the skin or it will have a frost bite.Related to:
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Major League Soccer in Toronto
Toronto was the first Canadian city to be granted a MLS (Major League Soccer) franchise, back in 2007.
While previous attempts to field a team proved to be complete disasters, the Toronto FC has became a huge success almost overnight. Tickets to matches have become very hot items, and local fans form a sea of red on game days.
Matches are played at BMO Field, just east of Exhibition Place.
Toronto's Bowling Alley - A Lot of Fun
Strike some fun! If you happen to be in Toronto, there are numerous bowling alley that will cater to your needs. Most of the bowling lanes have state-of-the-art computerized scoring. I am giving you a list of some of the best bowlodrome in Toronto. Choose the one you like by visiting the website and telephone numbers I provided below;
*Playtime Bowl - www.playtimebowl.com - (416) 787-4533
*Thorncliffe Bowlerama - www.thorncliffebowlerama.com - (416) 421-2211
*Bowlerama Rexdale - www.bowlerama.com - (416) 743-8388
*Bowlerama West - www.bowlerama.com - (416) 239-3536
*Newtonbrook Bowlerama - toronto.ibegin.com - (416) 222-4657
*Danforth Bowl - www.danforthbowl.com - (416) 463-3000
*Rinx-Where Everyone Plays - www.thinkrinx.com - (416) 410-7469
*North Park Bowl - maps.google.ca - (416) 240-9373
Come and experience the best bowling alleys in Toronto!Related to:
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Lake Ontario, at least the area right along the Toronto Harbour, is not always that safe for swimming or divings, especially given the pollution from factories on this side of the Lake and in the US and the Pickering nuclear plant along the water. You can, however, enjoy the Lake on a fine summer's day by getting out on one of the many sail boats that leave from the docks near Harbourfront. There's no shortage of companies selling cruises and they leave pretty much every hour. For those who are more adventurous there's a marina at Harbourfront and I'm pretty sure that you can rent your own boat for sailing.
Equipment: Nothing, really, if you're taking a pre-arranged cruise on one of the larger boats (except a hat and sunscreen). If you want to rent your own boat, it is advisable you have your boating license with you.Related to:
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Have a Friend with a Yacht Club Membership
Try to find a member of one of the yacht clubs along the Toronto/Scarborough/Etobicoke waterfront, and get invited out for either an evening at the clubhouse, or preferably, an evening out on their boat. However, a quiet night by the lake is just lovely, however you spend it.
I went to one of the Scarborough Bluffs yacht clubs with a group from the office where I'm working. One of the ladies, and her hubby, have a boat and a membership. We had a night out because of the visit of one of our Calgary colleagues, and the club has a good restaurant. Prices were extremely good, as was the quality of the food, and selection.
It was a lovely calm, warm but not too warm evening we were there, and just felt like we were a milion miles from the city.
One of the young ladies in our group is getting married and is considering having her reception (and maybe even the wedding) at the yacht club - there are processes to go through for this, and I imagine each club has their own procedure to follow.
Equipment: You may need a sweater/jacket if you are going out, as it does tend to be much cooler by the lake. Check to see if there is a dress-code for dining at the club - this one didn't seem to have one. Also, if you are going out on the boat, wear soft-soled shoes that won't damage the deck or have you slipping, and comfortable clothing as you don't want to be hopping on/off the boat in clothes that don't let you "hop".
Oh, and remember the rule - water on the water, and beer on the pier. (Do find a nice yacht club that serves Guinness, and has a good bartender. We did!)Related to:
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THE DONUT RUN - 140 KM BIKE RIDE
If you are in Toronto on a weekend in the spring ,summer or fall and you like biking , and you have a bike , you may consider doing the "Donut Run" . Every Saturday and Sunday morning st 9:00 am this bike trip starts at the corner of Eglinton E. and Laird where a Dunkin Donut Store used to be, hence the name of the bike ride. Some fifty to one hundred riders , teenagers , couples on tandems and many serious riders , head north on Baview and then wind there way to the North West to Keele and Highway 7. A good tour of the city. At that point the ride changes from a rather quick ride to a big time race , into the country side north of Toronto. Those who cannot keep up fall by the wayside , and end up at a Tim Hortons or whatever , for a rest and refreshment. Then you have to bike home. Total round trip 100 km to 140 km , depending on your fitness.
Equipment: Most of these bikers have very expensive equioment.Related to:
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The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival
The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival is a two day event that occurs on Toronto Island. What makes the races so much fun is that is more than just a sporting event, it is also a cultural event. There is a multicultural village where you can experience much of Chinese culture, especially food. However the events here are not only involving China for there is a stage where there are theatre performances from other cultures from all over the world. The event is very reflective of Toronto's multicultural heritage.
The races involve over 200 teams and 6,000 paddlers. What makes this fun, is that if can put together a team of not more than 28 people and get the sponsorship to support you, then you too can participate. Three divisions that you can race in:
(A) Premier Mixed Division (Corporate, Community or University teams)
(B) Premier Women Division (Corporate, Community or University teams)
(C) Junior Mixed Division (Community or High School teams)
Most of the major financial institutions and many of Toronto's schools are represented. The winning team gets to participate in a major dragonboat race in Hong Kong.
Admission to the Dragon Boat Festival is technically free however you have to pay to get to it by way of the Island ferry. The event is very popular with over 125,000 people paying a visit. This was the only downside of the event for me because it was so crowded when I checked it out in 2005. The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival usually occurs on the last weekend of June.Related to:
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There are many Golf Courses in Toronto, such as Cenntenial Park which is just off of Eglinton Avenue, LakeView which is just off of Lakshore going into mississauga, and Scarlett Woods (around Jane and Eglinton) . Centennial Park is a par 70 and has 27 holes. Lakeview is a par 72, and Scarlett Woods is a par 68 or 70
Equipment: Of course bring your golfclubs, but if you forgot them all of these golf courses rent clubsRelated to:
Every year, in September Toronto apparently hold a marathon. I had no knowledge of this until I walked right into it early on a Sunday morning. It was great fun to watch runners from all over the World competing while the crowd cheered them on.
Equipment: running gear
Very good bicycle repair shop
If you are biking around Toronto eventually after enough street car tracks or the rubble on the Leslie Spit you will need repairs.
I highly recommend Bikes on Wheels in Kensington Market
Equipment: The tune-up on my old Trek 700 was perfect!Related to:
Toronto Marathon - no matter the weather
Was just outside in the cold, wind and drizzle to cheer on the runners along Yonge Street taking part in the Toronto Marathon, today, Sunday Oct 17th.
These folks sure are dedicated running in horrible weather conditions. I admire them and their efforts to raise money for the Princess Margaret Hospital which is the main hospital in Toronto dealing with cancer treatment.Related to:
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Canadian Football in Toronto
An enjoyable game to catch if you are in Toronto is that of the Toronto Argonauts CFL team who play at the Skydome.
Although the game is 'stop/start' there is tons of entertainment between the plays on the big screen/pitch/stands etc
I just discovered this facility - The Etobicoke Olympium Centre - when I saw the Gala Performance of the National Synchronised Swimming competition. Apparently this is the facility where our National Team practices. From what I saw of the facility, there is also diving. This was my first time seeing, live, synchronised swimming - I have seen it on tv at the Olympics, but that really isn't the same. Because of the lighting, and the fact that I was too busy watching the swimmers, I didn't get any great pictures of the swimmers. How do they develop the lung capacity to swim upside down so long??? I'd be in panic mode, I think.
Equipment: If you are participating - swim suit PLEASE!! Don't forget your towel, maybe nose clips, maybe swim goggles.
Now if you are a synchronized swimteam member I'm sure there is a lot to have - the jelly or whatever it is they put on their hair, and all the hairpins.
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