5 IN 5: Enercare & Allstream Centres

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The area surrounding the Enercare and Allstream Centres is home to some of Toronto’s most amazing architecture and fascinating history! So take a quick walk during break times or at the end of the day to explore these 5 attractions, all within a 5 minute walk or so!

BMO Field

170 Princes’ Boulevard

After the conference, catch a game at BMO Field, Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium. It’s home to Canada’s National soccer team, Toronto FC (Canada’s first Major League Soccer team), and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. In 2015, the stadium was upgraded to include 8,400 new seats, new clubs and suites, and four massive columns that will hold up a roof, covering all of the seats in the east, west and south stands.

Stanley Barracks

2 Strachan Avenue

The limestone “New Fort” was built by the British army in 1841 to replace the nearby Fort York (see below). In 1892, it was renamed Stanley Barracks in honour of Governor Lord Stanley (of Stanley Cup fame). Canadian forces took over from 1870 to 1947. The barracks then served as public housing until the early 1950s and the Toronto Maritime Museum until 1998. Today only one of the original buildings survives. Construction of Hotel X is underway in the surrounding area.

Princes’ Gates

100 Princes’ Boulevard

The stunning arched gateway at Exhibition Place commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The gates were unveiled during a visit from Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince George on August 30, 1927. The gates are topped by the Goddess of Winged Victory statue, and the nine pillars represent the Canadian provinces in existence at the time.

Toronto Inukshuk Park

789 Lake Shore Boulevard West

The Toronto Inukshuk Park is home to one of the largest inukshuk in North America, made from 50 tons of mountain rose granite by acclaimed Inuit artist Kellypalik Qimirpik! And inukshuk is an important symbol of Canada’s Aboriginal people, serving as a guide to travellers on land and sea, providing comfort, advice and spatial orientation.

Fort York*

250 Fort York Boulevard

One of Canada’s most important historical structures is just minutes away! (*Okay, this one’s actually a 9-minute walk.) Fort York includes the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings constructed by the British Army and Canadian troops to defend Upper Canada from the newly independent United States. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923. Today, visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits, and period settings, as well as many festivals and concerts in the summer months!

KNOW THE SCORE

A LOOK AHEAD AT TORONTO’S YEAR IN SPORTS

Mark your calendars for what’s sure to be an exciting 2016 for sports fans!

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BASEBALL

After last year’s nail biter, fingers are crossed that this is the year for the Toronto Blue Jays, especially because this marks their 40th season! The Home Opener at Rogers Centre pits the Jays against the Boston Red Sox. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on tickets for one of their 81 home games this season!

basketball BASKETBALL

Toronto has basketball fever after the rousing NBA All-Star Weekend in February. The Raptors enter the playoffs this month, with their first opponent yet to be announced.

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SOCCER

Toronto FC hosts FC Dallas to open the club’s home schedule. It’s also their chance to show off their newly renovated BMO Field’s $120 million expansion at their 18 home games.
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RACING

Honda Indy Toronto takes place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto, featuring a week of the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities.

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SUMMER GAMES

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games are coming to Mississauga, with athletes 13 to 17 from all over Ontario competing in more than 32 sports, including Boxing, Diving, Karate, Kickboxing, Sledge Hockey, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Women’s Hockey, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

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HOCKEY

Over 150 of the top players in the NHL® face off in Toronto in the World Cup of Hockey, one of the most competitive, highly skilled hockey tournaments in the history of the sport. The 2016-2017 hockey season marks the 100th Anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs! And Toronto co-hosts with Montreal the 41st IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Hockey Championships!

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FOOTBALL

The championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) is Canada’s largest single day sporting event. The game will be played at the renovated BMO Field, new home of the Toronto Argonauts.