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.
Longtime OHL coach Stan Butler is on his way to leading the Brampton Battalion to a tenth consecutive trip to the playoffs. Over the Batallion's relatively short lifespan, 35 players have been drafted to the NHL, with 13 signing on professionally, including Raffi Torres, Wojtek Wolski, and Matt Duchene. The current roster boasts a similar stock of promising talent, including one rising star who is legally allowed to play with two sticks and infinite distraction pucks.
• For $39, you get two half-hour sessions of skating treadmill (a $120 value), shooting (a $90 value), or goalie training (a $100 value). • For $5, you get admission to one Zumba or Jazzercise class (a $10 value). This option must be redeemed by August 31.
Forest Hill Swim School owner Michael Domb can move through water better than most people can move on land. A world-champion triathlete with a background in open-water swimming, Michael established this school to channel his impressive experience into a program where kids can learn how to swim and exercise safely. Around him, Michael has built a team of certified instructors to help lead lessons at the school's city-based facility. There, a 21-yard outdoor pool, which is filled with saltwater to prevent chlorine-induced irritation and bacteria growth, provides students with a secluded place in which to master the fundamentals and prepare for the Marco Polo portion of the Ironman Triathlon.
The Hamilton Thunderbirds, a shining star in the 92-year-old Intercounty Baseball League's galaxy, electrify baseball fans with a slate of matches against teams sourced from all corners of Ontario. The Thunderbirds, led by batting ace Chris Piano, take on the league-leading Barrie Baycats on May 29 and the second-place Brantford Red Sox on June 26, seeking to best their vaunted opponents in fielding, pitching, hitting, and downward-facing-dog poses. TBird Family Day Packs provide nine innings' worth of diversion for two adults and two children at the recently renovated, 2,700-seat Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. While cheering on the diamond's denizens or practicing astral projection, groups can split four ballpark hot dogs and four drinks between them.
All Canadian Self-Storage offers its clients the convenience of self-storage, giving outgrown clothes, holiday decorations, and top-secret dossiers on alien landings a new home away from home. Storage-unit sizes vary by location—the Toronto Centre location, for instance, boasts units up to 800 square feet, and Brantford's options top out at 600 square feet. Prices per unit also vary by location, but the average cost of a 5’ by 10’ unit is around $103 (unheated) or $110 (heated) per month. And though the Toronto Centre location is the only All Canadian Self-Storage facility to offer drive-thru services allowing customers to navigate their vehicles directly into the building, all the All Canadian Self-Storage facilities boast seven-day access, full security features, and a gremlin-free environment.