Lifestyle

Never A Dull Moment
Read on for a mere sampling of the endless ways in which Canadians wile away their leisure time.


Attractions

Ontario Science Centre www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
416-696-1000
Hundreds of exciting exhibits, including KidSpark, a learn-through-play space, and an IMAX theater. New in June, 2008, is the interactive Facing Mars exhibit.
Riverdale Farm www.friendsofriverdalefarm.com
416-392-6794
A free, year-round, city-run replica of a 19th-century Ontario farm, including sheep, horses, cows and pigs.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) www.ago.net
416-979-6648
Toronto's largest, most well known gallery, attracting some of the biggest travelling shows. The AGO's permanent collections take visitors from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.
The Bata Shoe Museum www.batashoemuseum.ca
416-979-7799
This unique museum features footwear ranging from ancient-Egyptian sandals to 20th-Century celebrity shoes.
The Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery www.varleygallery.ca
905-477-9511
Features the work of the Group of Seven artist for whom the gallery, located on Unionville's Main Street, is named.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection www.mcmichael.com
905-893-1121
Exclusively showcases 20th Century Canadian art by The Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit and contemporary artists. Located in Kleinburg.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) www.rom.on.ca
416-586-8000
Canada's biggest museum, with six million objects on display and over 40 galleries. The Dinosaur Gallery and replica Bat Cave are favourites with kids.
Toronto Zoo www.torontozoo.com
May-September
416-392-5929
Featuring over 5,000 animals and special summertime events. The Zellers Discovery Zone has an interactive Kids Zoo, a water-play area, and from May to October 2008, Stingray Bay.

Events

Cabbagetown Festival www.oldcabbagetown.com
September
416-921-0857
This neighbourhood comes alive with arts and crafts and garage sales, a minimarathon, parade and street vendors. Join the pub-crawl or taste delicious wine and food pairings while walking Wine Route. Also features a Short Film and Video Festival.
Cavalcade of Lights www.toronto.ca/special_events
See Toronto come alive in light. Enjoy outdoor skating, fireworks, music and luminous citywide light displays.
Doors Open Toronto www.toronto.ca/doorsopen
May
416-338-0628
For one weekend a year, up to 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance, most of which are not normally open to the public, open their doors, free of charge.

Harbourfront Centre World Routes Festival www.harbourfrontcentre.com
June to September
416-973-4000
Music and culture from around the world in dance, film, food, theatre, visual arts, craft sales, workshops and hands-on activities for all ages.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festiv www.hotdocs.ca
April
North America's largest documentary festival presents public screenings of over 100 innovative documentaries from around the world.
Luminato www.luminato.com
June
416-368-3100
2007 premiered the annual multi-genre celebration of arts and creativity featuring theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film, literature, and more.
Santa Claus Parade www.thesantaclausparade.com
November
Watch colourful, elaborate fl oats, celebrity clowns and see Santa ride into town on his reindeer-drawn sleigh.
Santé - The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival www.santewinefestival.net
May
416-928-3553
2008 marks Santé's 10th year. Amazing vintages bring worldfamous winemakers, celebrity cooks and chefs together in Toronto's most elite dining neighbourhood.
Summerlicious www.toronto.ca/special_events
July
130 of Toronto's finest restaurants offer specially priced lunch and dinner menus.
Taste of Little Italy www.tasteoflittleitaly.ca
June
Wander the streets of Toronto's Little Italy sampling authentic dishes and listening to live music.
Taste of the Danforth www.tasteofthedanforth.com
August
416-469-5634
Mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine, live music and dance draw huge crowds to Toronto's Greektown.
TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival www.torontojazz.com
June/July
416-928-2033
Featuring high-profile artists like Al Green and Maceo Parker, with ticketed and free shows.
The Shaw Festival www.shawfest.com
April-November
905-468-2172
Calling Niagara-on-the-Lake its home, this is the only company in the world that solely performs the works of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries.
The Stratford Festival www.stratfordfestival.ca
April-November
1-800-567-1600
A two-hour drive away, Stratford has staged for over 30 years plays by classical mainstays such as Shakespeare, Moliere and Johnson, as well as the best in modern and musical theatre.
The Toronto International Film Festival www.tiff.net
September
416-968-FILM (3456)
Celebrity-studded premieres and top-calibre films.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) www.caribanafestival.com
July/August
416-391-5608
Celebrate Caribbean culture through calypso music and dance, elaborate masquerade costumes and savoury foods during one of North America's largest parades.
WinterCity/Winterlicious www.toronto.ca/special_events
January/February
This 14-day celebration showcases the caity's diversity and vibrant arts scene through mostly free events like ice sculpting, culinary demonstrations, music and acrobatic performances. At Winterlicious, savour low-priced mouthwatering cuisine at 130 of Toronto's finest dining establishments.
Word on the Street www.thewordonthestreet.ca
September
416-504-7241
An award-winning event held in Queen's Park featuring over 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibits, readings by over 170 Canadian authors, poets, storytellers, and performers, and workshops for aspiring writers.
Worldwide Short Film Festival www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com
June
416-445-1446 ext. 815;
Showcasing the newest and most innovative documentary, live-action, animation and experimental films from around the world.

Sports & Recreation

Glen Abbey Golf Course www.glenabbey.com
905-361-2677
Designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus and home to the Bell Canadian Open and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Grand Prix of Toronto www.grandprixtoronto.com
416-588-7223
Whether it's a front-row view of pit lane or the deluxe comfort of a Start/Finish Suite, enjoy great racing action on or off the track.
Toronto Sportsmen's Show www.sportshows.ca
March
905-361-2677
A showcase of products and services for fishers, boaters and campers, held at the Exhibition Centre.