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
1. Shop and eat at 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
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
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.