This year Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday. (Yay Canada!) There is no better time to come and (re)discover what this beautiful country has to offer visitors. No matter which province you choose to visit you’re bound to find some fantastic events. Case in point: Toronto, Ontario. Whether you’re a native Torontonian or a visitor looking for reasons to visit the popular city here are 7 great reasons to come to “#the6” this year.
1. To see Toronto’s love letters to the country
The City of Toronto has a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions planned to celebrate the country. “TO Canada with Love” includes 30 city-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017.
2. To celebrate 100 years of Toronto Maple Leafs
It’s not often that The Toronto Maple Leafs have a reason to celebrate but this year the cheers are guaranteed! The 2016-17 NHL season marks the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Season and everyone is invited to participate in a wide range of events planned to honour Leaf legends, highlight key moments in history and engage fans.
3. For a glimpse of Prince Harry
Visit from September 23 to 30 and you can catch the Invictus Games. This event invites more than 550 competitors from 17 nations for 8 days of competition in 12 sports. This is the only international adaptive sporting event for ill, wounded and injured active duty and veteran service members. Given that it’s a personal project of the Prince and that is reputed girlfriend hails from the city, chances are high for a sighting.
4. To explore the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Celebrate the housewarming of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum’s mandate is to exhibit, research, collect and promote innovative art by Canadian and international artists. The museum will occupy two and a half floors of the iconic Tower Automotive Building, which is being restored as part of an eight-acre community.
5. To catch the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games
Visit the city from July 16-23 and take in the North American Indigenous Games: one of the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. There are 14 sport categories and more than 5,000 participants.
6. To show off your moves at the Toronto Caribbean Festival
The celebrations continue this summer when the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) celebrates 50 years in the city! This is a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. It takes place over three weeks, July 11 – August 7.
7. To dive into the newest exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario will present a rare glimpse into the creative process of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. This is the Canadian debut of an exhibit organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition runs from September 30 to January 7, 2018.
There are so many more amazing things to do in Toronto, including a vibrant culinary scene and fantastic theatre. Not to mention that the locals are amongst the friendliest in the world. Just saying.