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March 9, 2007
City offers Toronto residents leisure activities and camp programs for March break
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is helping residents to get out and be active by offering a wide range of leisure activities and camps for children and families during March Break.

“March Break is a wonderful opportunity for residents to participate in the wide variety of recreation and leisure activities offered by the City of Toronto,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “I’m especially pleased that children and their families can enjoy leisure skating and shinny hockey at any of the 17 outdoor artificial ice rinks that will remain open across the city throughout March Break.”

Residents can enjoy leisure skating or shinny hockey at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. The following outdoor artificial ice rinks remain open until March 18, weather permitting: City Hall - Nathan Phillips Square; Dufferin Grove; Harry Gairey; Hodgson; Ramsden Park; Kew Gardens; Jimmie Simpson; Withrow Park; South Regent; West Mall; Rennie Park; Giovanni Caboto; High Park; Sir Adam Beck; Sunnydale; Mel Lastman Square; Albert Campbell.

Residents can call 416-338-RINK (7465) or check their local rink or arena for a schedule. A list of indoor arenas is available in the FUN Guide or on the website, Leisure skate programs are free.

March Break camps:
March Break camps give children the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, games and special events. Some locations offer special interest camps designed to provide enhanced programming for children in a specific sport or activity. Check the FUN Guide, visit Toronto FUN Online at, or call 416-338-0000 (touch tone) or 416-338-4FUN (4686) for more information. Pre-registration is required.

Residents who prefer to be poolside during March Break can enjoy leisure swimming at indoor pools across the city. A list of indoor pools and a detailed March Break swim schedule is available on the Parks website, or residents may call 416-338-POOL (7665) or contact their local pool. Leisure swim programs are free.

Skiing and snowboarding:
The North York Ski Centre (4169 Bathurst St., inside Earl Bales Park) and the Centennial Park Snow Centre (256 Centennial Park Rd.) are operating ski and snowboard programs for children and youth of all skill levels. Limited space is available. Check the FUN Guide or visit Toronto FUN Online for information about ski and snowboard camps. Pre-registration is required.

Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can enjoy extra leisure skiing and purchase a ‘Double Up Days’ pass (two hours for the price of one) during March Break. Both locations have lots of snow, and anticipate being fully operational throughout March Break. Due to March Break programs, limited equipment rentals are available onsite. Information about skiing is available by calling 416-33 TO SKI (338-6754) and is also available on the website.

Riverdale Farm:
Tour Riverdale Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres to see cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and cats. Talk with the farmer during daily chores at 10:30 a.m., including animal feedings, egg collection and cow milking, goat milking and horse grooming. Visit the Simpson House wood-fired brick oven in the mornings to watch volunteers prepare and make baked goods. Enjoy homemade treats at the Farm Kitchen. Drop in the Meeting House preschoolers’ play room to enjoy books, puzzles and games. Preparations are underway as staff get ready to welcome some new additions. Nine sheep and two goats are all expecting twins between March 12 and March 30. Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available on the web at or by calling 416-392-6794. Admission is free.

Spring Flower Shows:
The Spring Flower Shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and the Cool House at Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Discovery Walks:
Residents can explore their city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 11 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the walks are designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features, cultural and historical attractions. Brochures and maps are available for pick up at civic centres or on the website.

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is responsible for the stewardship of 7,390 hectares of green space and 1,470 named parks. The division also provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the community. For detailed information about facility locations and March Break programming, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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