Friday, November 25, 2022

The Distillery Winter Village 2022

Santa has plenty of time this winter to hang around in the historic Toronto Distillery District and hear all about the presents that children want for Christmas. The Winter Village is on from November 17 to 31, 2022 and you need tickets (purchase online before your visit) after 4pm on weekends and also from December 27 to 31 after 4pm. Adult entrance costs $11 plus tax.

You can visit the seasonal cabins for food, beverages and gifts/vendors but remember the cabins are cashless and open after 10 am, seven days a week. The historic neighbourhood really comes alive when darkness falls and the Christmas lights shine bright.

The Distillery Historic District shops, restaurants and caf├ęs are open starting at 10 a.m. daily, seven days a week, while the outdoor vendors are open at noon from Tuesdays to Sundays.

See more photos after the jump.

Saturday, November 05, 2022

#RAWF100 Royal Horse Show at 100 Years

Canada's top equestrian event is back in Toronto during the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Horse Show in Exhibition Place. Opening night was November 4 and the Royal Horse Show and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair continue until November 13, 2022. The Royal Horse Show includes top class show jumping and the RCMP Musical Ride on every day but Monday and the final day. Tickets to the Royal Horse Show includes admission to the Royal Winter Fair. Parking at Exhibition Place was $16 for the day.

From the Royal Horse Show website, "Watch over 1,000 competitors vie for more than $1,000,000 in prize money and the coveted title of Royal Champion!

The world-renowned Royal Horse Show returns this year with incredible competition and a chance for our fans to take in all the sights and sounds of the ten-day event.

Mark your calendar for November 4 – 13, 2022 and join us in celebrating our 100th Anniversary! You’ll enjoy Olympians and other top international athletes and horses competing at the highest level in Show Jumping while experiencing Canada’s largest variety of equine breeds and events. The Royal Horse Show also features inspiring entertainment with special features during each horse show paid performance. This year’s Royal Horse Show showcases the very best in horse sport with an elevated CSI5*-W rating from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI)."
The RCMP Musical Ride
During Saturday's matinee we caught some magnificent jumping by Junior and pony categories and in the busy arena one of the horses refused to jump and one of the riders fell off their mount and was disqualified. The crowd were very supportive of the disappointed riders.

The Royal Winter Fair is also bustling with activities and vendors. A ring is setup where various brands of cows were shown to judges.

Maple Lodge Farms had their free rooster hats back at the show
This cow was enjoying his blow dry session

One of the feature attractions at the RAWF is the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy where you can learn to cook with some top Chef's, then sit down and enjoy your creations.

Doors Open

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Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square