Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities
November 23, 2013 – December 14, 2013
November 29, 2013 – December 15, 2013
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Non-stop entertainment includes musicians, carolers and choirs, traditional European dancers, and of course… Santa and his roaming elves! There is great shopping, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens, and sweets and treats. Christmas comes but once a year and the Toronto Christmas Market at The Distillery is the perfect opportunity to put the magic back in your holiday time.
Friday November 29th to Sunday December 15th at the Distillery Historic District.
For more details: www.torontochristmasmarket.com
December 26, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013.
9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
HALF PRICE ADMISSION!!!
The Toronto Zoo is the place to be on Boxing Day! Join us for Boxing Day to see what delightful seasonal treats await the Zoo’s animals. Don’t forget to stop by and visit Er Shun & Da Mao – it is their first boxing day in Canada! Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. Half price admission for everyone all day. Happy holidays! Please note this is an outdoor event.
For more details, please visit: www.TorontoZoo.com
Location: Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue
May 18, 2013 – December 31, 2013
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
December 31, 2013
NYE Gala – December 31st.
Join us this New Year’s Eve aboard the Northern Spirit for a night to remember! Deluxe dinner with reserved seating, bubbly at midnight , spectacular views and dancing.
For tickets or information: www.MariposaCriuses.com or call 416-203-0178.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013.
Ring in 2014 with some NEW animal friends!
Front Entrance, Australasia Pavilions, Tundra Trek & The Giant Panda Experience
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (doors open at 4:45pm) and Parking is FREE!
Don’t miss some great entertainment including The Decades and Majinx Magic Show and more. Plus you will encounter some special WILD animal visitors! The fun begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm when we have our very own Kids’ Countdown!
For more information: www.TorontoZoo.com
Location: Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue
January 10, 2014 – January 26, 2014
Celebrate Niagara Ice Wine Festival with Niagara Airbus – A Shimmer of Gold – Poured Daily, Celebrated Annually with Niagara Airbus Driver Wine Guides! Includes Discovery Pass…
Your tours includes pickup from any Niagara Region Hotel or Bed and Breakfast.
Pickup at 10:30 and drop off by 17:00 – Door to Door!
Tour : 35.00 + 40.00 Discovery Pass = total $ 75.00 + hst.
Tour: 40.00 + hst ( without Discover Pass).
Choose your week! – January 10-12, January 17-19, or January 24-26 – 2014.
Niagara on the Lake , and Twenty Valley Tours offered.
Book Online at www.niagaraairbus.com or call 905-374-8111.
For private charters also offered from the GTA area… please call for custom quote.
November 19, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Harbourfront Centre offers over 100 skating classes for kids, teens and adults, taught by our experienced
and supportive skating instructors. All classes take place on The Natrel® Rink, alongside the scenic shore of
Lake Ontario. We have a heated change room with lockers, there’s underground parking, and we’re always
accessible by TTC. For more information, please visit our website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or
call us at 416-973-4093.
May 2, 2014 – May 4, 2014
Friday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 4th.
You don’t want to miss the 2014 Mississauga Marathon! This full running experience promotes “A Run for Everyone” with a selection of activities for all ages and all athletic abilities including: Marathon, Petrillo Law Relay Challenge, Recharge with Milk Half Marathon, Valeant Pharmaceuticals 10K, 10K Student Relay, “The Hazel” 5K and even a 2K Fun Run/Walk. Be sure to also check out the Mississauga Marathon Runner’s Expo at the Port Credit Memorial Arena.
Some of the many advantages our event include: the Marathon is a Boston Qualifier, all courses are net downhill and along beautiful waterfront trails, FREE shuttle buses, FREE baggage check, and FREE parking over the duration of Race Weekend, live band playing at the finish area on both race days, Bonus Offers exclusive to all 2014 Mississauga Marathon participants, Toronto Pearson International Airport is only a 15 minute drive to our event and MUCH, MUCH MORE!
Runners, walkers, spectators, volunteers and Mississauga residents are all invited to join in the fun of Race Weekend!
For more information on all of the above events, please visit our website: www.mississaugamarathon.com