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Dragon Boat Race - Toronto

Dragon Boat Race

The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival

The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival is a two day event that occurs on Toronto Island. What makes the races so much fun is that is more than just a sporting event, it is also a cultural event. There is a multicultural village where you can experience much of Chinese culture, especially food. However the events here are not only involving China for there is a stage where there are theatre performances from other cultures from all over the world. The event is very reflective of Toronto's multicultural heritage.
The races involve over 200 teams and 6,000 paddlers. What makes this fun, is that if can put together a team of not more than 28 people and get the sponsorship to support you, then you too can participate. Three divisions that you can race in:

(A) Premier Mixed Division (Corporate, Community or University teams)

(B) Premier Women Division (Corporate, Community or University teams)

(C) Junior Mixed Division (Community or High School teams)

Most of the major financial institutions and many of Toronto's schools are represented. The winning team gets to participate in a major dragonboat race in Hong Kong.

Admission to the Dragon Boat Festival is technically free however you have to pay to get to it by way of the Island ferry. The event is very popular with over 125,000 people paying a visit. This was the only downside of the event for me because it was so crowded when I checked it out in 2005. The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival usually occurs on the last weekend of June.

Directions: Centre Island

Theme: Other

Website: http://www.dragonboats.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 12, 2006
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The Shaq dunking the ball! - Toronto

The Shaq dunking the ball!

The Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre (basketball / hockey) Review

Yes Toronto sometimes has a NBA basketball team. I say sometimes because recently they have not been so good. There is a good side to this because tickets are easy to comeby on game day and some of the Raptors of the 05-06 season look like they will have excellent futures in the NBA. This is especially the case with Chris Bosh who has emerged into a superstar. However the team is very inconsistant and has trouble beating quality teams. Still I like basketball and part of the joy is to see the stars on the other teams play too. In the game I photographed here, you can see famed players like Shaquelle O'Neal and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat in the shots. They actually kicked the Raptors's butts so my emotions were mixed about the game. Great to see a basketball legend at his best but you wish the game had been more competitive.
The Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre which is a fine 19,000 seat stadium within easy reach of most of the downtown hotels

Directions: South of Union Station

Theme: Other

Website: http://www.nba.com/raptors/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 13, 2006
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Beach Volleyball near Ashbridges Bay - Toronto

Beach Volleyball near Ashbridges Bay

Beach Volleyball

The Beaches area, east of downtown Toronto, is a wonderful place to take up the game of beach volleyball. There are dozens of posts set up where you can stretch out a net and boundry lines. This has become very popular over the years and on summer weekends it is actually hard to find a spot to play. The games draws quite a few spectators. No doubt part of the reason is the fact that many of ladies are very scantly clad. However some of the competetors are quite good too

Equipment: Nets and balls can be rented from a sports club house.

Directions: The Beaches at the foot of Woodbine Avenue at Ashbridges Bay.

Theme: Beach Activities

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2004
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