Week Three: Hide & Seek

Week Three: Hide & Seek

July 14–July 20, 2021

Whether it’s that secret garden vibe you’re feeling or the thrill of finding a spot your friends never knew existed, this week is about uncovering the more secluded patios. Spill the tea and share your photos of those hidden patios. Use the #PatioscapesTO and tag Destination Toronto on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter  (or enter your photos below) to enter the contest.



Check out the competition


  • Ontario is currently in stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen plan. 

    Patios and indoor dining are now open and inviting groups of people from different households with no limits to the number of patrons per table.

    All persons must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period when they are in an indoor area. This includes using the washroom facilities. Some exceptions apply, including children under the age of two and people with medical conditions that make wearing a mask difficult.

    Find more information about the Roadmap to Reopen plan and Ontario health and safety protocols

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  • Official Rules  


    Entry Period for the DESTINATION TORONTO PATIOSCAPESTO CONTEST  ("PATIOSCAPESTO Contest") starts on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7:00 AM ET and ends Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET ("Contest Period").  


    This PATIOSCAPESTO Contest is being conducted by DESTINATION TORONTO, which is located at 207 Queen’s Quay West, Suite 405 – Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1A7 Canada (the “Sponsor”).  


    The PATIOSCAPESTO Contest is open to only those of legal drinking age in provinces across Canada excluding Quebec. The directors, employees, contractors, agents and representatives of the Sponsor, its affiliates and/or subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agents and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.  


    Participants may enter the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest using a personal Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account or the Destination Toronto website located at: ("Destination Toronto website")    

    To enter via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or the Destination Toronto website:  

    As a registered Instagram account holder, participants must post a photo (digital or non-digital) of their experience on a patio in one of Toronto’s 25 municipal City Wards ("Toronto") on their personal feed with the hashtag #PatioscapesTO and must tag @destination_toronto. Instagram stories entries will be invalid. Instagram reels entries will be invalid. The Instagram account must be public.  

    As a registered Facebook account holder, participants must post a photo (digital or non-digital) or of their experience on a patio in Toronto on the Destination Toronto Facebook page with the hashtag #PatioscapesTO and must tag @destinationtoronto. Facebook stories entries will be invalid. The Facebook account must be public.  

    As a registered Twitter account holder, participants must post a photo (digital or non-digital) of their experience on a patio in Toronto on their personal feed with the hashtag #PatioscapesTO and copy @seetorontonow. The Twitter account must be public.   

    To enter the contest via the website,  participants must post a photo (digital or non-digital) of their experience on a patio in Toronto through the Crowdriff upload mechanism on the Destination Toronto website.  

    No purchase is necessary to enter the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest. 

    There is no limit on the number of original entries per person. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the status of the entry. Entries that do not comply with the terms of the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest will result in disqualification. Incomplete, illegible, false, deceptive, copied or irregular entries and entries that have been submitted through illicit means are not eligible. Sponsor does not assume any responsibility for technical defects, errors, and/or lost or delayed submissions. The use of any device or method to automate the entry process and/or to artificially increase the odds of winning is prohibited and these entries will be deemed ineligible by the Sponsor. The Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.  

    In the event of an identity dispute, entry will be considered made by the registered owner of the Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account or email address used for entry. “Registered owner” is defined as the natural person who is assigned the social media account or email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization, which is responsible for assigning addresses or the domain associated with the submitted address.   


    By participating in the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest, the entrant agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules and warrants and represents that the submitted photo:  

    • is original to the entrant and that they hold all necessary rights in and to the photo to enter it into the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest and that the photo has not been previously published or received any awards; 

    • is not larger than 5 GB in file size; 

    • does not violate any law, including the rights of a third party or copyright and that publication of the entry via various media including web posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third party beyond the Sponsor;  

    • does not contain any reference to any identifiable third parties or any third party's proprietary content, including trade-marks, music, logos or any other copyrighted content unless explicit and express consent has been obtained from each such third party;  

    • does not contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses; 

    • illustrates safe COVID-19 best practices as it pertains to the Sponsor’s recommended rules of engagement as per Municipal and Provincial Health Officer advice and guidance;  

    • does not advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind other than the Toronto patio that has been photographed and the Sponsor; 

    • will not give rise to any claims of infringement, defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy or publicity, or infringe on any rights and/or interests of any third party, or give rise to any claims whatsoever;  

    • is not sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, contain nudity or any materially dangerous activity, promote direct drinking of alcohol, underage drinking of alcohol, dangerous drinking, drinking while pregnant, use of illegal drugs,  tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or promote any particular political agenda or message, be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group or any other content that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive or that is not consistent with the Sponsor's brand or values and standards, as determined by the Sponsor in their sole and absolute discretion.  

    The Sponsor may disqualify, in its sole and complete discretion, any entrant that violates any of the requirements outlined above.  


    All prizes are awarded “as-is”. No substitutions will be allowed. If the prize cannot be awarded as described in these rules, the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component with another of comparable value, as determined in its sole discretion. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. The prizes will be awarded to the winner via personal email and/or by registered mail.  All prizes are not transferable, assignable or redeemable for cash. All decisions are final. All federal, provincial and local tax liabilities are the responsibility of the winners.  


    One winner will be selected by random draw for each of the five weeks of the Contest Period to receive a gift card to a restaurant in Toronto valued at approximately $100.  

    Draws will be held on or about the following dates: 

    Week 1:  July 6, 2021 

    Week 2:  July 13, 2021 

    Week 3:  July 20, 2021 

    Week 4:  July 27, 2021 

    Week 5:  August 3, 2021 

    The winners of the weekly $100 gift certificate prizes will be selected by random draw by the Sponsor from all eligible entries. There are five prizes of $100 gift certificates available to be won. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.  

    The announcement of a prizewinner will be made on the Sponsor's social media channels by the Sponsor and the winner will be contacted via social media by the Sponsor ("winning prize notification"). If the winner does not respond to collect their prize within two days (48 hours) of the winning prize notification being made, is found to be ineligible, does not comply with these Official Rules or declines to accept the prize, the winner may be disqualified in the Sponsor's sole discretion, and in such case the Sponsor will select an alternate winner by random draw from the remaining set of eligible entries. 

    To be declared a winner, the selected contestant must first (a) correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question that will be arranged at the time of the winning prize notification and administered over the phone or via email at a mutually arranged time and date; (b) be in compliance with these Official Rules; (c) sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release form within 7 days of its having been sent by the Sponsor. Failure to meet any of the foregoing conditions will result in the potential winner automatically forfeiting their prize and nothing will be offered in its place.  


    The single grand prize is fifty-two (52) Toronto restaurant gift cards valued at approximately $100 (the "Grand Prize"). The total approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $5200. Any difference in the stated approximate retail value of the Grand Prize and the actual value of the Grand Prize will not be awarded to the winner. 

    Part 1: Two Destination Toronto employees (the "DT Selection Committee") will evaluate each eligible photo on the basis of the following weighted criteria: (i) originality (30%), (ii) creativity (30%) and (iii) celebration of Toronto patios (40%) by Friday, August 6, 2021. Each photo will be given a score (the "Score") by the DT Selection Committee. The entrant associated with the top five Scores (as determined by the Judges, in their sole and absolute discretion) will then be subject to voting by the public. The decision made by the DT Selection Committee is final.  

    Part 2: The one Grand Prize winner will be selected based on which photo from the top five photos selected by the DT Selection Committee receives the highest number of eligible votes on the online consumer voting platform offered via the Destination Toronto website beginning Monday, August 9, 2021 (noon ET) to Sunday, August 15, 2021 (noon ET). Winner to be selected by Monday, August 16, 2021 (midnight ET). In the event of a tie, the DT Selection Committee will vote to determine which photo will be deemed the winner.  The decision made by the DT Selection Committee is final.  

    The online consumer voting platform will be promoted through Destination Toronto social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). One vote per consumer.  

    The vote count will be administrated by the Sponsor. All decisions are final.  

    The announcement of a Grand Prize winner will be made on Destination Toronto social media channels by the Sponsor and the Grand Prize winner will be contacted via social media or email by the Sponsor ("winning grand prize notification"). If the Grand Prize winner does not respond to the winning grand prize notification to collect their Grand Prize by Friday, August 31, 2021 at  5:00PM ET, is found to be ineligible, does not comply with these Official Rules or declines to accept the Grand Prize, the Grand Prize winner may be disqualified in the Sponsor's sole discretion, and in such case the Sponsor will award the Grand Prize to the first runner-up. The Grand Prize winner is responsible for checking their communications from the Sponsor whether via email or social media.  

    To be declared a Grand Prize winner, the selected contestant must first: (a) correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question that will be arranged at the time of the winning notification and administered over the phone or via email at a mutually arranged time and date; (b) be in compliance with these Official Rules; and (c) sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release form within 7 days of its having been sent by the Sponsor. Failure to meet any of the foregoing conditions will result in the announced Grand Prize winner automatically forfeiting their Grand Prize and nothing will be offered in its place.  

    If a winning prize notification or winning grand prize notification or a prize is returned as undeliverable for any reason, the applicable prize will be awarded to the first runner-up.  


    By submitting photos through either your personal Twitter account, Instagram feed, Facebook account or through the Crowdriff public uploader to participate in the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest, you authorize the Sponsor to use the content on their official website (, all social media platforms (including but not limited to: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Through participating in this photo contest, you give the right to the Sponsor and tourism partners to use your photo in marketing or branding content as they see fit.  

    The Sponsor and all tourism partners shall have full right and power to copy, publish, broadcast, display, distribute, use, edit, translate, alter, combine with other content, reuse and adapt any or all portions of the entries in any way and for any purpose whatsoever, at any time, now or in the future, in any media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in any  manner whatsoever and for any purpose.  


    The Sponsor reserves the right to delete or untag any posts or comments on any social media platforms or its website, for any reason. Entries cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about the Sponsor, or other people, products or companies or communicate messages or images inconsistent with Destination Toronto social media moderation policies or positive goodwill to which the Sponsor associates. To access the Destination Toronto social media policy see: . 

    The Sponsor reserves the right to monitor and will monitor or screen entries and delete, if required in its sole discretion. By entering, you acknowledge that your entry may be posted on the Sponsor’s social  media, website or other media pages, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any photos that are submitted.  


    All participants in the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest shall be bound by these Official Rules; by entering, all participants agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions herein and to the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. The entrant further agrees that the Sponsor, including its agents, representatives and those associated with them may communicate with the entrant regarding his or her participation in the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest via electronic message or otherwise.  

    The Sponsor holds the right to cancel or change the contest, any of its arrangements, or the schedule or terms at any time without notification at the Sponsor's sole discretion. Any amendments to these Official Rules will be posted on the Website. If for any reason, the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest is not capable of running as planned, for any reason, that Sponsor or its agents deem could corrupt or affect the administration, fairness, security or proper conduct of this PATIOSCAPESTO Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, modify, suspend or terminate the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest, and/or select the winners from among the eligible entries received prior to the action, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by the Sponsor. All federal, provincial and local rules and regulations apply to the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest. The PATIOSCAPESTO Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. 

    Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.  

    By entering, each entrant agrees to hold harmless the Sponsor, as well as its respective directors, officers and employees (the “Contest Parties”) from all liability whatsoever, and waive and release such Contest Parties from any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional arising out of or in connection with the event or acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of any prize, participation in any promotion-related activity, or participation in the promotion, whether under a theory of contract, torts (including, without limitation, negligence), warranty, or any other theory of cause of action.  

    The Contest Parties assume no liability for any loss, damage or injury, including without limitation: (i) lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late, destroyed, illegible or incomplete entries; (ii) loss, theft or damage to software or computer or telephone data, including any breach of privacy; (iii) fraudulent calls; (iv) inability of any person to participate in the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest for any reason including mistaken addresses on mail or e-mail; technical, computer or telephone malfunctions or other problems with computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, or software; congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing; (v) damage to any person’s computer, including as a result of playing or downloading any material relating to the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest; (vi) any delay or inability to act resulting from an event or situation beyond their control, including a strike, lockout or other labour dispute at their location or the locations of the organizations and businesses whose services are used to administer this PATIOSCAPESTO Contest; or (vii) prizes that are lost, damaged or misdirected during shipping. 

    Each winner shall sign a release declaring their eligibility of these rules and shall grant the Sponsor the right to use their name and photo for advertising and promotional purposes related to this Contest without notice or further compensation other than the prize.  

    If the identity of a contestant is disputed, the authorized account holder of the social media account or the email address submitted at the time of entry will be deemed to be the contestant. The individual assigned to the social media account or the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted email address is considered the authorized account holder. A selected contestant may be required to provide proof that (s)he is the authorized account holder of the social media account or e-mail address associated with the selected entry. All entries must be submitted from a social media account or valid e-mail account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry via the Destination Toronto website in this PATIOSCAPESTO Contest will be the Contest server.  

    The PATIOSCAPESTO Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter nor is Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter associated with this promotion in any way. By entering, you acknowledge that Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter bares no responsibility for this promotion and you acknowledge that Instagram, Facebook, Twitter bares no liability whatsoever in connection with this promotion. You understand that you are providing information to the Sponsor and not to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  


    The Sponsor respects your right to privacy. All personal information, such as name and contact information, is collected by the Sponsor solely for the purposes of administering this Contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without your express consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes. The Sponsor will not sell, share or otherwise disclose personal information of entrants with third parties, other than to third parties engaged by the Sponsor to fulfill the above purposes or as permitted or required by law. By entering the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest, entrants consent to the manner of collection, use and disclosure of their personal information in accordance with the Sponsor's privacy policy available at:  By entering the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest, entrants agree to allow the Sponsor to contact them regarding the PATIOSCAPESTO Contest.