MARCH 28, 2008
Here are some attractions and things to do and see while you're in Toronto for the Supercross.
1. CN Tower
The tallest building in the world is a must-see for visitors: on a clear day, the view from the top extends as far as Niagara Falls. It’s one of the town’s signature attractions and it’s also easy to find… Just look up! It's often more economical to buy the buffet meal at the 360 Restaurant and enjoy the view while you enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
2. Racer X / Racer X Canada Pre-party
The Loose Moose
146 Front St., W.
A must attend: The Loose Moose on Friday night between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. We've hosted a bash every year for the Toronto Supercross. It's always a good time, it's an easy walk from the Rogers Centre and everyone is welcome to come and hang out.
3. Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Rd.
It's open from 10 AM to 5 PM and there is a ton of stuff to do at the Science Centre for kids and teens.
4. Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge St.
Open M-F 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat/Sun hours as well
Hockey and Canada go together like Hawaii and surfing, and all of the greats are enshrined right here in Toronto. The Leafs play Montreal at the ACC on Saturday night but the Leafs were just eliminated from the playoffs last night by Boston so best not to ask any Torontonians how the Leafs are doing. (If you need more hockey, check out Gretzky’s Restaurant right by the stadium.)
5. The Original Motorcycle Cafe
355 King St. W.
The Indian Motorcycle Cafe is now the Original Motorcycle Cafe. Displaying more than 40 vintage brands of American and European bikes, The Original Motorcycle Café & Lounge pays homage to the machine and the era it reflects.
6. The Renaissance/Skydome Hotel Bar
Yes, that's the view...
photo: Simon Cudby
Want to catch an early glimpse of the track or maybe even practice? Work your way over to the Renaissance Hotel, which is connect to the Rogers Centre, and then proceed to the right towards the hotel bar, which overlooks the track! A very cool view indeed, and they don’t mind kids—as long as they’re with their parents and it’s the afternoon.
7. The Hot Dog Vendor
There’s are a ton of great sausage and hot dog vendors in Downtown Toronto. Also, look for restaurants along Front Street by the Rogers Centre. The Loose Moose (home of the Racer X Pre-party) is on Front Street between Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre.
8. The Distillery District
The crew from Racer X loves the Distillery District. Basically just head east on Front Street past the Air Canada Centre. We’ll let their website explain it all: “Founded in 1832 by Brothers-in-law William Gooderham and James Worts, the Gooderham and Worts Distillery eventually became the largest distillery in the British empire. Set on 13 acres in downtown Toronto, the forty plus buildings constitute the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America…” America. The Distillery District is a national historic site.
9. Eaton Centre
This just might be the largest downtown, indoor shopping mall in the world. If the weather’s bad, and you want to stay indoors but check out the city, this is the place for you. It’s not that far from the Rogers Centre, either—just ask any cabbie.
10. Hard Rock Café
If you want to find drinks and food close to the Rogers Centre, look no farther than the Hard Rock inside the Rogers Centre.
Finally, here are a few additional links. Oh, and the Loose Moose on Friday night is mandatory!
Have anything to add? Please email me and I'll add it to the list!