What to Do in Toronto During the Rogers Cup Women’s Tennis Tournament

When you're not sitting courtside, go exploring at a flea market, drink fine Italian wine and try go-karting near the Aviva Centre.

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The Aviva Centre stands in the shadow of York University, with little in the surrounding area except fields and highways. But, for those looking to make a day of it in northwest Toronto, a 2017 subway extension means compelling attractions are just a quick train ride away.

When: August 3 to 11

Where: Aviva Centre

Court type: DecoTurf cushioned acrylic

Neighbourhood: York University Heights

Closest subway station: Pioneer Village

Illustration by Muti

1. Shop and eat at Downsview Park Merchants Market

Photo courtesy of Downsview Park Merchants Market

The Downsview Park Merchants Market hosts more than 500 vendors every weekend. You’ll find antiques and sports memorabilia, a farmers’ market and an international food court serving up dishes from more than a dozen cultures.


2. Eat dinner at La Risata Ristorante

Since opening in 1993, upscale Italian restaurant La Risata Ristorante has aged like a fine wine, which they also happen to have plenty of, stocking excellent vintages from Italy, Argentina, France and Spain.


3. Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village

Photo courtesy of Toronto and Region Conservation Area

The Black Creek Pioneer Village, an open-air heritage museum, recreates a typical south-central Ontario community between the 1790s and the 1860s. In the evening, try your hand at axe throwing or solving its escape room.


4. Go go-karting at K1 Speed

Photo courtesy of K1 Speed

Make like Mario Kart at K1 Speed, an indoor go-kart track in Downsview Park that’s open seven days a week. The park also has an almost-three-kilometre paved walking path that winds through an orchard if you fancy a stroll.


Vantage point: Hotel X

Hotel X, on the Toronto waterfront, features four indoor tennis courts and is home to a tri-level rooftop bar with commanding views of the city.


[This story appears in the May 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]