In our first edition of ‘Trip of the Week’ we’re going north of the border. To Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Each week I’ll be sharing a sports filled vacation you can take yourself. The criteria I’ll be looking for to be worthy of a “TOTW” will be:

  • Minimum of 3 sporting events
  • Preferably 2+ different sports
  • All within reasonable driving distance of each other
  • Between Thursdays – Mondays (to avoid taking time off work)

That means often times these we will find these trips being on the shoulder seasons. Summertime tends to be the slowest given there is only MLB, MLS and the PGA TOUR. While that sounds like a lot, it’s nothing compared to March/April or October/November when there could be 6 different leagues going on at once.

Without further adieu– Let’s head North! To Toronto, our first stop.

Trip Details:

  • Location: Toronto
  • Dates: July 22 – 25, 2016
  • Events: PGA TOUR, MLS, MLB, ATP
  • Weekend Wild Card (WWC): Beer!

Toronto has a variety of airports to fly into:

  • YYZ (45 minutes north of the downtown)
  • YTZ (downtown)
  • YHM (45 min southwest)
  • IAG (Niagara Falls, 2 hours south)
  • BUF (Buffalo, 2.5 hours south)

All are reasonable to fly into, but you might catch a few savings on taxes/fees by flying domestic into Niagara or Buffalo. Speaking of saving a few bucks.. the Canadian dollar (CAD) right now is 77cents on the dollar. Your first trip of the week will be at a 33% discount all weekend long!

rbc To start our weekend on Friday we’ll be heading just an hour drive southwest to Oakville to visit Glen Abbey GC, host of the RBC Canadian Open. This tournament serves as Canada’s Open Championship. World #1 Jason Day took home the title in 2015 and will be back to defend.  Also committed are Dustin Johnson and newcomer Bryson DeChambeau. A Friday ticket will cost you in the neighborhood of $50USD.

Head on back to downtown after a day of golf claps. In your downtime, check out the CN Tower, a 147 story tower, which was once the world’s largest free standing structure. A ticket up will run you $30USD or $40 to include lunch. Other points of interest include the Keg, Steam Whistle Brewery, and a CAN’T MISS sports bar: Real Sports. This is by far the best sports bar in all of North America and you’ll know why immediately. Tables with keg taps intertwined, some great poutine, the largest TV I’ve ever seen surrounded by hundreds of 50″ tv’s that look like 4’x6′ photos in comparison. The atmosphere inside and in surrounding areas outside make it impossible not to have fun. Be sure to make reservations!

Toronto_FC_Logo.svgSaturday night we’re heading to BMO Field where Toronto FC squares off against DC United at 7:30PM. The stadium is right downtown and tickets are very reasonable starting at $20 CAD. The stadium holds 30,000+ and there isn’t really a bad seat. Both teams are in the middle of the pack in the eastern conference as of today.

jays Rounding up the weekend we’ll be down the street at the Rogers Centre. The domed facility of the Toronto Blue Jays facing off against the Seattle Mariners for a 1PM afternoon game. One of the cool hotels you can stay at actually overlooks the field, the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel.

Last but not least, the Rogers Cup begins on the Monday of our long weekend at the Aviva Center. This is one of the premier tennis events of the year outside of the Majors. 60 of the top 65 players in the world are participating. The first center court match begins at 11AM.

We hope you enjoy your weekend north of the border!  For our more rambunctious folks, check out the Brass Rail (which I won’t link to).. you won’t be disappointed.

Weekend Wild Card: Toronto Festival of Beer. All weekend long at Bandshell Park there will be 333 beers on tap for your enjoyment.  Tickets start at $42CAD and includes some sample beers and live entertainment including personal favorite one-hit wonder, House of Pain.



To create your own action packed weekend, use our filter/search function in our master calendar and see what you can put together!

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