Sports and Outdoors

StubHub. Ticket reseller StubHub is a good resource for sold-out games. 866/788–2482.


Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto's professional baseball team plays April through September. Interest in the team has gradually fallen since they won consecutive World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Recent seasons have seen many young players trying to make their mark. The spectacular Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome) has a fully retractable roof; some consider it one of the world's premier entertainment centers. Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, M5V 1J3. 416/341–1234 ticket line; 888/OK–GO–JAY toll free ticket line. Union.


Toronto Raptors. The city's NBA franchise, this team played its first season in 1995–96. For several years they struggled mightily to win both games and fans in this hockey-mad city, but the Raptors have finally come into their own, and games often sell out. Single-game tickets are available beginning in September; the season is from October through April. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., at the Gardiner Expwy., Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, M5J 2X2. 855/985–5000 Ticketmaster. Union.


Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey is as popular as you've heard here, and Maple Leafs fans are particularly ardent. Even though the Leafs haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1967, they continue to inspire fierce devotion in Torontonians. If you want a chance to cheer them on, you'll have to get on the puck. Buy tickets at least a few months in advance or risk the game's being sold out. No matter the stats, Leafs tickets are notoriously the toughest to score in the National Hockey League. The regular hockey season is October–mid-April. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., at Gardiner Expwy., Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, M5J 2X2. 855/465–3237 Ticketmaster. Union.

Toronto Marlies. If you're keen to see some hockey while you're in town, go to a Toronto Marlies game at Ricoh Coliseum. The level of play is very high, and tickets are cheaper and easier to come by than those of the Marlies' NHL affiliate, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princes Blvd., Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3. 416/263–3900. Union, then 509 Harbourfront streetcar west; or Bathurst, then 511 streetcar.


Toronto Argonauts. The Toronto Argonauts Canadian Football League (CFL) team has a healthy following. American football fans who attend a CFL game discover a faster, more unpredictable and exciting contest than the American version. The longer, wider field means quarterbacks have to scramble more. Tickets for games (June–November) are usually a cinch to get. Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, M5V 1J3. 855/985–5000 Ticketmaster. Union.


Toronto's British roots combined with a huge immigrant population have helped make the Toronto Football Club (TFC), the newest addition to the city's pro-sports tapestry, a success. And during events like the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, and Copa América (America Cup), sports bars and cafés with TVs are teeming.

Toronto FC. Canada's first Major League Soccer team and Toronto's first professional soccer team in years, Toronto FC kicked off in 2006 in a new 20,000-seat stadium. Fans get seriously pumped up for these games, singing fight songs, waving flags, and throwing streamers. Games sometimes sell out; single-game tickets go on sale a few days before the match. The season is March–October. BMO Field, 170 Princes' Blvd., Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3. 1-855/985–5000 Ticketmaster. Union, then 509 Harbourfront streetcar west; 511 Bathurst streetcar south.


The golf season lasts only from April to late October. Discounted rates are usually available until mid-May and after Canadian Thanksgiving (early October). All courses are best reached by car.

Angus Glen Golf Club. Deemed Canada's best new course by Golf Digest when it opened in 1995, this club has remained one of the country's best places to play, hosting the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007 on its par-72 South and North courses, respectively. It's a 45-minute drive north of downtown. 10080 Kennedy Rd., Markham, ON, L6C 1N9. 905/887–0090; 905/887–5157 reservations.

Don Valley Golf Course. About a 20-minute drive north of downtown this is a par-71, 18-hole municipal course. Despite being right in the city, it's a lovely, hilly course with water hazards and tree-lined fairways. 4200 Yonge St., North York, Toronto, ON, M2P 1N9. 416/392–2465.

Glen Abbey Golf Club. This Jack Nicklaus–designed 18-hole, par-73 club is considered to be Canada's top course. The Canadian Open was held here for the 26th time in 2013. It's in the affluent suburb of Oakville, about 45 minutes east of the city. 1333 Dorval Dr., just north of QEW, Oakville, ON, L6M 4G2. 905/844–1800 or.


Harbourfront Centre. This spacious, outdoor rink is often voted the best in the city due to its lakeside location and DJ'd skate nights. Skate rentals are C$8. 235 Queens Quay W, at Lower Simcoe St., Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8. 416/973–4866. Union.

Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation Rink Hotline. The favorite city-operated, outdoor rinks are the forested, west-side High Park and the tiny Nathan Phillips Square, surrounded by towering skyscrapers in the heart of the Financial District. City rinks are free, and most don't have rental facilities, although the Nathan Phillips Square Rink does. 311 Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation rink hotline;.