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September 10, 2013

Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Summer Music in the Garden

Garden Tours start June 5 – September 18, 2013. Concerts most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm.
Treat yourself to free, outstanding performances of classical and traditional music from around the world, as
the popular Summer Music in the Garden returns with another superb season. Bench seating is available
but limited, so feel free to bring a lawn chair – and don’t forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade
is also limited. Concerts proceed weather permitting. Music Garden tours are also available!

For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Location: Harbourfront Centre – Toronto Music Garden

 
Start: June 5, 2013
End: September 18, 2013
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

Dancing on the Pier

Dancing on the Pier steps into the new wave of social interaction through dance by the water, exploring
culturally hot dance trends and movements from across the globe that will heat up the Harbourfront Centre
site and its surroundings. This dance series encourages all ages to move to the contagious rhythms
celebrated within the summer season lineup. The waterfront will be filled with sizzling flavours, movement
and music from the best live bands, social dance clubs and instructors. This is your chance to dance by the
pier of the waterfront throughout the entire summer season.

For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: June 27, 2013
End: September 19, 2013
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre presents Dancing on the Pier

Harbourfront Centre swings into its third year of Dancing on the Pier and transforms the waterfront into an outdoor dance floor featuring the city’s best live bands, social dance clubs and instructors. Explore the latest cultural dance movements and trends from across the globe every Thursday from June 27 through to September 19 – all free!

Say goodbye to your two left feet and learn to move to the rhythm and sounds provided by the Toronto All-Star Big Band and The Ricardo Barboza Band.
The Toronto All-Star Big Band brings back the style and sounds of the roaring ’30s – the golden age of the big band sound, while The Ricardo Barboza Band serves up salsa at its finest! The public is invited to dance the night away at our theme nights, from “Swinging the Rhythm Dancing the Blues,” to “Toronto All-Star Big Band goes Latin” to “Hot Harmony Groups,” featuring the vocal styles of doo-wop and Motown.

Whether coming alone, with friends or with family, Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront Centre is sure to get any crowd off their feet and onto the dance floor! While you’re down here dancing the night away, drop by Lakeside Local Patio, formerly known as Splash, to get some great food. Also checkout Lakeside Local Bar & Grill, located next to the The Natrel® Pond.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

 
Start: June 27, 2013
End: September 19, 2013
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

Centreville’s Amusing Race

Originally scheduled as the Fall Fair, this has been revised to a very exciting event called Centreville’s Amusing Race! This timed scavenger hunt will be held Saturday/Sunday September 7, 8 ,14, 15, 21, 22. 11am- 5pm.

Similar to the very popular ‘other race’ we will host a trivia and location stop around the amusement park and Far Enough Farm. All families and/or groups may participate in the race, but to be eligible to be entered for the Grand Prize all 10 tasks must be completed, which include several rides at Centreville Amusement Park.

Location: Centreville Amusement Park — Centre Island

For more information: www.centreisland.ca

Start: September 7, 2013
End: September 22, 2013
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Location: Centreville Amusement Park

Trius Movie Night in the Vineyard – Dinner and a Movie

Meet us at Hollywood and ‘Vine’ for a wine country version of a night at the drive in.

Start the night off indulging in a seasonally-inspired 3-course dinner by Gold Medal Plates-winning Chef, Frank Dodd. Each course will be complemented perfectly by our wines.

After dinner, it’s time to settle in for the movie! Relax in the best Vineyard Lawn seats in the house – reserved just for our Dinner & A Movie guests. With a glass of Trius wine in hand, and some of Chef Frank Dodd’s snacks to share enjoy a classic film favourite. Under a blanket of stars and surrounded by our idyllic vineyard – this will be one dinner and a movie night to remember.

Here is the movie line-up for Thursdays in September:
September 5: Ocean’s Eleven;
September 12: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;
September 19: Casino Royale; and
September 26: Sideways.

Cost: $80 per person plus taxes and gratuities. Your ticket includes a 3-course dinner, the best seats in the house at the movie, movie admission, one glass of wine, a souvenir glass, and one bag of popcorn.

How to Book: Book by calling 1.888.673.5537 ext. 2 or visiting www.triuswines.com

Location: Trius Winery at Hillebrand — 1249 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 
Start: September 5, 2013
End: September 26, 2013
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Location: Trius Winery at Hillebrand

Fresh Wednesdays

Nathan Phillips Square is the site of Fresh Wednesdays from July 10 to August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors sell fresh Ontario-grown produce, flowers, baked goods and more weekly until October 16 (excluding June 26). Lunch-time concerts by Canadian artists accompany the farmers market on the square from July 10. The performance schedule for Fresh Wednesdays is available at www.toronto.ca/special_events/wednesdays.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West

 
Start: July 10, 2013
End: October 16, 2013
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EdgeWalk

Season 3 starts April 15, 2013

Toronto’s newest and tallest attraction has adventure lovers taking a walk OUTSIDE – around the circumference of the roof! So, do you dare to test your limits and experience the thrill of a lifetime?

EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its 35 year history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.

Visit the EdgeWalk site for more information and to book your adventure today!

EdgeWalk
Start: April 15, 2013
End: October 26, 2013
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Location: CN Tower

Canada’s Wonderland

It’s really no wonder that Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s premiere amusement park. It’s where families come to spend quality time with each other and their good friends, g-forces. There’s Leviathan, a new roller coaster in 2012 that boasts speeds of 125 mph with an 80-degree drop as well as such thrilling rides as Vortex, Shockwave, Behemoth and the 301-foot WindSeeker.

And for the kids, there’s Planet Snoopy and the new Dinosaurs Alive! Seven acres of Jurassic fun with over 40 life-sized dinos. And if you like water park thrills, there’s Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River and enough thrill rides to leave you and your family closer and prunier than ever.

Canada’s Wonderland opens on May 5th.
Open daily May 17th – September 2nd.
Weekends from September 7 to October 27th.

Location: Canada’s Wonderland — 9580 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario

For more information, please visit the Canada’s Wonderland website.

Leviathan
Start: May 5, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Canada’s Wonderland

ROM Walks

One of the greatest ways to explore the city is walking at street level through Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Guided walking tours are offered for free by ROMwalks every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon from May through October. Tour leaders from the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Department of Museum Volunteers present thoroughly researched guided tours through some of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods, visit historic landmarks and illuminate the architectural and historical significance of Toronto’s building.

All ROMwalks are free and no reservations are needed, with the exception for ROMwalk Plus walks.
See www.rom.on.ca/en/activities-programs/bus-walks-travel for more details.

 
Start: May 1, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

It’s pandamonium at the Toronto Zoo!

It was an exciting day for Torontonians on May 18th when the Zoo officially opened its giant panda exhibit, featuring VIPs (Very Important Pandas) Er Shun and Da Mao.

The two pandas are on loan from the Chinese government for a period of ten years, during which time it is hoped they will produce offspring. The pair will be splitting their stay in Canada between the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo, where they are set to relocate to in 2018.

Pandas have a tendency to draw crowds. In addition to being just plain adorable, their unusual eating and mating habits make them one of the most unique species in the animal kingdom.

Did You Know?

  • Although pandas have the digestive system of a carnivore, up to 99% their diet consists of bamboo. Due to bamboo’s low nutritional value, a panda needs to consume between 10 and 15 kilograms (22 to 33 pounds) of it each day to get all of its nutrients.
  • Pandas are notoriously reluctant to mate, which is one reason for their low population in the wild. Giant panda females are only receptive to mating for a period of 24 to 72 hours a year.
  • It is almost impossible to tell if a giant panda is a male or a female until it is four years old. Because of the difficulty of determining the sex of pandas, it was believed that Er Shun was a male until genetic testing was done shortly before she was set to arrive in Toronto!

Top 5 Reasons to See the Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

No question about it, the giant panda exhibit is one of Toronto’s must-see attractions. Here are the top five reasons why you should pay Er Shun and Da Mao a visit:

  1. It’ll put a smile on your face. Pandas might just be the cutest animals around. Their docile nature, clumsy gait, and adorable black-and-white faces make them a delight to watch. It’s no wonder that one of the most popular videos on YouTube, with over 160 million views, is of a baby panda sneezing.
  2. You can expand your knowledge. Prior to meeting Er Shun and Da Mao, you can learn all about giant pandas at the 8,000 square-foot Panda Interpretive Centre. With model displays, multimedia games, and audio-visual presentations, it’s a fun and interactive way to learn about these natural treasures.
  3. Your kids will love it. Pandas are always a huge hit with children. You can also use this as an opportunity to educate them about wildlife and conservation.
  4. You can see other animals too. Once you’re done seeing the pandas, you can make your way over to the Zoo’s many other exhibits. The Toronto Zoo boasts over 5,000 animals representing more than 460 species, including white lions, gorillas, and polar bears.
  5. It’s a rare opportunity. Although panda conservation efforts have proven successful, they’re still an endangered species. The vast majority of pandas live in China, and only a handful of Zoos around the world have been given the opportunity to host them. The last time there were pandas at the Toronto Zoo was for three months in 1985!

Fun, friendly, and fascinating, the giant pandas are sure to brighten your day. Take a trip to the Toronto Zoo to see one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures up close and personal.

For more details: www.torontozoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

Giant Panda at Toronto Zoo
Start: May 18, 2013
End: December 31, 2013
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Location: Toronto Zoo