October 27, 2013
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities
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.
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.
Ai Weiwei – Beijing, China
World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will exhibit a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. 3,144 interconnected bicycles will form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect.
Yong Jiu, literally translated as “forever”, is the foremost bicycle brand in China; Ai re-interprets such everyday found objects in an abstract and symbolic way.
The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.
Film Screening: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
City Hall Council Chambers: 7pm /9pm /11pm /1am /3am /5am
The inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
Widely considered to be one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation, Ai Weiwei successfully assumes multiple roles, including conceptual artist, architect, curator, designer, film-maker, musician and activist. Using traditional and innovative methods of production, he links the past with the present while exploring the geopolitical, economic and cultural realities affecting the world with humor and compassion. His most recent work appeared in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West (At Bay Street)
Join us for the scariest evening of the year on Sunday October 27, 2013, at 7:00 pm for the 2013 Cabbagetown Ghost Tour. The starting point is the northeast corner of Winchester and Parliament streets. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 for a family of 2 or more. All proceeds go to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) programs. Tickets sold just before the tour.
For more details: www.cabbagetownpa.ca
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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