One of North America’s major sports markets, and host city of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Toronto provides sports fans endless opportunity to be part of the action either in the stands or playing the game.
- Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball) play at Rogers Centre, the world’s first retractable-dome stadium. The Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series in 1992 and 1993.
- Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League) are one of the game’s legendary “Original Six” and have won 11 Stanley Cups. The Leafs play at Air Canada Centre.
- Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association) are Canada’s only team in the NBA and play at Air Canada Centre.
- Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) are the oldest professional football team in North America and have won 27 Grey Cups, including the 100th Grey Cup in 2012. The Argos play at Rogers Centre.
- Toronto FC (Major League Soccer) play at BMO Field and are famous for boisterous fans and the ubiquitous red scarves.
- The Toronto Wolfpack is a new professional Rugby League team dedicated to progressing through the English Rugby Football League’s (RFL) ranks, from League 1 to the Super League. The team is also Canada’s first professional Rugby team, and the world’s first transatlantic major professional sports team.
- Rogers Cup tennis championship alternates between Toronto and Montreal every August, with the men’s and women’s tournaments alternating cities. The tournament’s held at Rexall Centre in Toronto.
- The Honda Indy Toronto takes over the streets of downtown Toronto each July, starting and finishing at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.
- Canada’s horse racing capital is Woodbine Racetrack, home of the Queen’s Plate.
2017 Invictus Games
- Toronto will host the 2017 Invictus Games from September 23 to 30.
- The event, started by Prince Harry in 2014, will see more than 550 ill, injured and wounded servicemen and women from 17 allied nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.
- The Invictus Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and their loved ones.”
2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
- The Games of 2015 brought more than 7,000 athletes from the 41 Pan American nations to Toronto and the surrounding region to compete in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports.
- New facilities created for the games include the Aquatics Centre at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus and the Athletics Stadium at York University.
- The large number of athletes and sports in the Pan Am games make these games the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame celebrates the great Canadian game played all over the world with the Great Hall showcasing the Stanley Cup, other trophies and the Honoured Members of the Hall. It delves deeper with a trove of history and lore from the NHL and international hockey as well as an interactive zone.
- The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame at Glen Abbey Golf Club and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Woodbine Racetrack add to the celebration of sport in Canada.
- Maple Leaf Gardens, the legendary home of the Toronto Maple Leafs until 1999 has been transformed into an innovative mix of sports stadium for the Ryerson University Rams and urban market, all commemorating the building’s rich history with artifacts and displays.
- Toronto has dozens of public golf courses within an hour’s drive of downtown. Several local courses host the pros regularly; Glen Abbey, Angus Glen, and St. George’s have hosted the Canadian Open recently.
- A vast network of trails along the waterfront and throughout the city’s ravines enables cyclists and joggers to ride or run alongside nature in the midst of the city. Bikes can be rented at numerous shops and through the city’s public bike system, Bixi.
- Canoe and kayak the Toronto harbour and Islands with rental stations on both the mainland at Harbourfront Centre and on Centre Island.
- Skate on one of 53 outdoor ice-rinks open every winter in public parks and areas. Nathan Phillips Square and the Harbourfront Centre are amongst the most popular.
Be part of the action even when you’re not in the stadium at some of Toronto’s best sports bars: Real Sports Bar & Grill at Maple Leaf Square, Wayne Gretzky’s, the Futbol Factory, Brazen Head Pub, or any of the locations of Shoeless Joe’s.
- Toronto team apparel can be found throughout the city, with the largest selections available at Sport Check in Maple Leaf Square, and the Jays Shop at Rogers Centre and its other location at the Eaton Centre.
- Sports memorabilia can be found at The SPORT Gallery in the Distillery District and Legends of the Game in the Entertainment District.