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The HSC works to protect animals and the environment through hands-on programs and investigative work, in addition to supporting animal shelters and wildlife-rehabilitation centres. In order to meet its goals of protecting animals, fighting cruelty, and educating others about animal rights, the HSC relies entirely on donations.

120 Carlton St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Ontario Lung Association is among Canada’s leading not-for-profit health organizations and has invested more than $27 million into research to help the prevention and control of asthma and other chronic lung diseases. To help children in need properly receive their asthma medication, Ontario Lung Association relies completely on donors and educational partners for funding. Half of all new asthma cases in Ontario occur in children under the age of 15, and asthma is a leading cause of hospitalization and absenteeism from school.

573 King Street East
Toronto,
ON
CA

The National Ballet of Canada graces the nation's stages with classic and contemporary repertoire culled from across the globe, bolstering the emerging works of Canadian choreographers. Onegin sees the pairing of Tchaikovsky's rich harmonies with the plot of Pushkin's classic poetic novel, balancing the two with John Cranko's modern choreography and the Good Witch of the North's flirtatious cackle. Allow an orchestra seat ($123.74–$171.20) to envelop you as the melodramatic composition fills the room, or gaze upon the embellished costumes and coiling formations from a nestled seat in Ring 3 ($134.47) or Ring 4 ($94.92). Arrive early, as late callers will be forced to eat an entire ballet slipper before being seated at intermission.

470 Queens Quay W
Toronto,
ON
CA

Designed to meet expectations of the Ontario science-and-technology curriculum, the in-class workshops enrich day-to-day learning with age-appropriate hands-on investigations and interactive games. To avoid the exploitation of wild animals, Keep It Wild! leaders engage with students using these tools instead of bringing live animals into classrooms. A Grade 1 workshop lets students create a life-sized model of an elephant, test an elephant-ear replica in the cold, and learn about pachyderms living in captivity. Grade 5 students, meanwhile, compare chimp and human fingerprints and discover whether their memories are as strong as a monkey’s.

788 1/2 O'Connor Dr
East York,
ON
CA

Sewage and storm-water pollution leak into the Great Lakes every year, unleashing bacteria into the waters that people swim in regularly. Contaminated beaches wreak havoc on human health and create environmental concerns such as degradation to fish habitats and aquatic-gene alteration, which threatens the food chain. To monitor water quality, workers record beach statuses with the Swim Guide to inform the public about their local strips, report what beaches have ongoing pollution problems, and provide solution plans to restore pure water and reclaim beaches.

600 Bay St
Toronto,
ON
CA

The Toronto International Boat Show enthralls maritime enthusiasts and novices alike with more than 1,000 sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and cruisers on display and a plethora of attractions. Requiring six days of construction, an indoor lake grants attendees free inflatable and paddleboat rides atop more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water. Five thousand gallons of water and native aquatic Ontarian critters occupy the 40-foot long Great Canadian Fish Tank, and Duma, a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier, enchants onlookers by waterskiing, steering a boat, and emitting a series of sacred barks that summon Poseidon from the rippling waves below. Seafarers such as Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean solo at age 16, discuss their travels and experiences at more than 140 enrapturing seminars. Toronto International Boat Show’s Discover Boating Centre stays staffed throughout the event’s duration with experts that can help spectators traverse their way through the show, answer boating-related queries, and dispense tips on which brand of pipe cleaners makes the most convincing catfish masks.

14 McEwan Dr W
Bolton,
ON
CA