Here are the most popular “must-see” attractions in the Etobicoke, Brampton and Peel area (in alphabetical order):
56 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke
(one block west of Renforth, north off of Rathburn, south of Eglinton )
Ski Hill 416-394-8754
Golf Centre 416-620-1392
This 435 acre park, just east of Etobicoke Creek, has 3 ball diamonds, a cricket pitch, the Centennial Park Arena, lacrosse/football field, playground, indoor swimming pool, tennis course, a toboggan hill, a go-cart track, a 2,200 seat stadium with running track, a 27 hole golf course and a ski hill (used for hang-gliding, para-gliding in summer). Centennial Park Snow Centre features day and night skiing, with a T-bar and Poma Lift. The park has three greenhouses and the conservatory has 1080 square metres (12,000 square feet) of plant collections. There are also nine picnic areas, with bathrooms (permits needed for large gatherings).
555 Rexdale Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 5L2
(located between HWY 427 and Rexdale Blvd.)
Woodbine Racetrack offers both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing and hosts many prominent events throughout the year. It is the only racetrack in North America that can offer both standardbred and thoroughbred racing on the same day.
Woodbine hosts the $1 million Queen’s Plate, North America’s oldest continuously run stakes race; the $1 million ATTO Mile; the $1.5 million Canadian International, and the $1 million North America Cup for Standardbreds. It also hosts the Breeders’ Stakes, third and final gem in Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (comprised of The Queen’s Plate; Prince of Wales Stakes, run at Fort Erie; and The Breeders’ Stakes).
The original Woodbine opened in 1874 on the then-far eastern outskirts of Toronto, though now virtually downtown. , The Woodbine opened up its current location by the Pearson Airport, in 1956, with a 1 mile oval track. The original track was renamed to Old Woodbine, and then Greenwood in 1963. The track was finally shut down at the end of 1993 and a state of the art teletheatre was constructed on the site.
Post times: Every Monday 7:20 pm, Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm. Labatt Woodbine Oaks runs the second Sunday in June – post time 1:10 pm. Queen’s Plate runs the last Sunday in June – post time 12:25 pm