Six Reasons to Race in Toronto in 2016

We love our city and, in part, are hosting The Lake Ontario Crossing on September 10th and 11th to bring paddlers from afar to experience it. Aside from the obvious reason (a true 32-mile open-water crossing on the world’s 14th largest lake), here are six reasons to come race across Lake Ontario in September:


The weather. September weather is awesome. Warm but not hot. Variable and WINDY. It’s the best time of year to visit for paddlers and non-paddlers alike. Frommer’s says so.

The Red Sox. The Jays are on a three-game home stand against the Red Sox starting Friday, September 9th. Go Jays!

TIFF. If your version of culture and entertainment calls for a more refined experience than a ball game, the Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th through 16th. Exciting events like TIFF and the other activities that go on daily in our vibrant downtown are the reason why the New York Times rated Toronto number seven on its 52 Places to Go in 2016 list.

The surrounds. Justin Beiber may not attend TIFF, but he does hang out in Muskoka – part of the beautiful “cottage country” that rests north of Toronto. Go north or, alternatively, spend some time in the Niagara region drinking wine and taking in the attractions at Niagara Falls.

The beer. If you don’t like wine, we have beer – lots of Canadian beer. Come early, get a workout in and try the Ultimate Toronto Beer Crawl. On the Niagara side of the crossing, check out the emerging craft-brewery scene.

The Canadian dollar. The US dollar buys about $1.37 Canadian right now. That makes for cheap accommodations, cheap gear, cheap beer and good times.

Stay focused and paddle on.

We’ll see you in Toronto in September!