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Woofstock 2015 in Toronto for Furry Fun with your Dog

(Added this paragraph on Nov. 18, 2015): It’s time for winter Woofstock, on Nov. 21 & 22, from 10am-6pm at Exhibition Stadium. It’s indoors, in the Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall. The main web site link still works, but the details have changed. Tickets for winter Woofstock are $10 plus tax; this is still a frugal event in Toronto. Where else will your pooch learn Doga (dog yoga)? Here’s a map with some parks near the CNE, if you want to tire out your canine companion ahead of time.

Map of Waterfront Toronto Parks Nearest the CNE. Image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
Map of Waterfront Toronto Parks Nearest the CNE.

The annual Woofstock Toronto dog festival returns to Woodbine Park in late September 2015. Here’s your chance to attend a free dog show with your own canine.

"Woofstock in Toronto in 2009" by ltdan (Dan Dickinson) under CC license.
“Woofstock in Toronto in 2009” by ltdan (Dan Dickinson) under CC license.

The Autumn Woofstock 2015 Festival in Toronto

Woofstock prides itself on being “the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America”. You and your pooch can expect:

  • The Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars perform feats of agility and speed.
  • Enter your pooch in a fashion show, or race your pug or dachshund in their separate categories. Or just watch!
  • Listen to experts in caring for your family pet.
  • Other entertainment including photo sessions, dog tricks, and lure chasing.
"Size Contrast between two dogs at Woofstock 2015" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Size Contrast at Woofstock 2015” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

If that’s too much excitement, you can still have fun with your dog! Head south to cross Lake Shore Blvd at the traffic light and walk you dog along the Martin Goodman Trail for a while. Or head north to a restaurant on Queen St.; many have water dishes outside to keep your dog well hydrated.

"A dog on the Lure Obstacle Course at Woofstock 2015" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“On the Lure Obstacle Course at Woofstock 2015” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Admission to Toronto Woofstock 2015 is free. Head to Woodbine Park between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd East, on the east side of Coxwell. The 501 Queen streetcar travels just a block farther north; the Coxwell 22 South bus comes down from the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway line.

(Added Sept. 26, 2015): Woofstock also offers a free shuttle service from a parking lot on Cherry Street in the Port Lands area, about 4Km south-west from Woodbine Park. That’s an absolutely sweet deal, compared to finding parking during a free annual event such as Woofstock in Toronto.

"Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto" by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps
“Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto” by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps

I’d written “The Whereabouts of Woofstock 2012 in Toronto“, and  usually updated that article as needed. The venue has changed, but the spirit of enjoying your canine companion has remained and grown over the years. Looking back, this autumn Toronto event seems to be a compromise date between the late spring and late autumn Woofstock festivals of previous years.

(Added Sept. 22, 2015). The dates for the 2015 Woofstock in Toronto are Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 26 & 27, 2015; from 10am through 6pm. We got there at 11am on Saturday; each of the vendors had a line-up for freebies, and the all-day lure obstacle course was running full tilt. These next two dogs were champing at the bit for their turn; note the strain in their owner’s arm. They later caught the lure; one chased while the other ambushed from ahead. That was the only successful catch that I saw.

"Two Dogs are Next in Line for the 2015 Woofstock Lure Obstacle Course" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Next in Line for the 2015 Woofstock Lure Obstacle Course” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The official Woofstock Toronto web site has more details, of course, including the online forms so you can register your dog in one of the contests.

If you buy dry kibble in 25-pound bags or smaller, an airtight pet food container can help keep the aroma – and your dog’s appetite – under control, and help the dry dog food stay fresh.

The Milk-Bone “Brushing Chews” booth was a really popular line-up when we were at Woodbine Park.

"People and Dogs are Lined up for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews at Woofstock 2015 in Toronto" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Lined up for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews at Woofstock 2015 in Toronto” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

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2015 Chinese New Year in Toronto, the Year of the Sheep

The 2015 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat). How will we celebrate Chinese New Year 2015 in Toronto? Many will have quiet family events or restaurant dinners; but here are a few public events.

"Chinese Lion Dance for Chinese New Year 2009" image by Maureen Didde under CC license
“Chinese Lion Dance for Chinese New Year 2009” image by Maureen Didde under CC license

When is Chinese New Year 2015?

Many Asian countries use a lunar calendar, so special dates and holidays shift annually as expressed in the (solar) Gregorian calendar.

In 2015, Chinese New Year is on Thursday February 19.

However, some events start earlier or end later. For example, the Vietnamese celebrate Tet Nguyen Dan 2015 for five days centred on Feb. 19. Feb. 17-18 are “Tet Eve”; then Feb. 20-21 are “Tet Holiday”.

Harbourfront Centre for Chinese New Year 2015

Harbourfront Centre puts a cheeky name for their art installation to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2015. Called “Sheep are not so baa-d“, it’s actually an illuminating exhibit of hundreds of lanterns in the form of sheep.

Really, these sheep lanterns are part of a package deal. Harbourfront will host visual arts, crafts and dance from LunarFest in British Columbia on Sat.-Sun., Feb. 28-Mar.1, from 11am-7pm. This is a free 2015 Chinese New Year event.

(Added Feb. 28, 2015): How did I miss the Lunar New Year Dumpling Festival at Harbourfront on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2015? Plus a fortune-telling event with temples representing Taiwanese and Japanese traditions. Learn your fortune, and learn about dumplings: gain both types of wisdom for free on from 11am-6pm.

Harbourfront is at 235 Queens Quay West. I’d walk south, mainly on York Street, after taking the subway to Union Station. Just check with the TTC to ensure that the subway will be running that weekend where you need to go.

Scarborough Town Centre for the 2015 Chinese New Year

Of course the Scarborough Town Centre (STC) celebrates the 2015 Chinese New Year for an extended period, from Feb. 13 through March 1. Their Lunar New Year at STC has an interesting focus for Feb. 19, however. Take a selfie ahead of time at their designated location, then upload it per their instructions. You’re entered for a cash prize, with a nod to some Chinese New Year traditions, if you enter from Feb. 13th to March 1st. To really nail down a $25 gift card, however, I’d do the upload at 12:01am on Feb. 19th.

A 2015 Chinese New Years Eve Party

It’s outside my price range, but Canada National TV hosts a Chinese New Year Gala from 6pm on Feb. 18 through midnight. As of mid-afternoon on Feb. 17, the remaining available prices range from $67/person and up. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is the venue, at 1 Front St. East. I’d call 905-513-0120 to get the details and reserve tickets. They recommend walking from the Union Station subway station.

Chinese New Year 2015 at a Library

The Lillian H. Smith Library Branch celebrates the Year of the Sheep on Sat. Feb. 21 from 1-4pm. Yes, it’s free! But you must pre-register; call 416-393-7746. This event is aimed at children who enjoy face-painting (in Chinese zodiac symbols!), martial arts demonstrations and seeing a Lion Dance.

The Lillian H. Smith Library Branch is at 239 College St. near Spadina Ave. The 506 College streetcar is the obvious east-west choice; but both the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcars will stop at College St.

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Enjoy the 2015 Ontario Family Day in 6 Toronto Museums

Where can you enjoy the 2015 Family Day in Ontario? In Toronto, head for one of these six civic museums that offer special family-friendly programs on Monday Feb. 16, 2015. Admission is well under $10/person, plus HST, unless otherwise noted.

Let’s visit the museums in alphabetical order.

"Guarding Fort York in Toronto Ontario" image by Bobolink (Robert Taylor) under CC license
"Guarding Fort York in Toronto Ontario" image by Bobolink (Robert Taylor) under CC license

Fort York on Family Day 2015

Fort York uniquely offers military drills for Family Day 2015. They note the Officers’ Sword Drill, and hint that families can actually participate in some of the training.

They also offer hot chocolate and freshly baked goods, as well as games and book-based activities.

Fort York will be open from 11am-4pm on Feb. 16.

Fort York is located at 250 Fort York Blvd in downtown Toronto. That’s on the west side of Bathurst Street, just north of the Gardiner Expressway and between Lake Shore Blvd to the south and Front Street to the north.

See “Family Day at Fort York” for more Family Day event details, at least while this is still a “current event” on that page.

Mackenzie House, Family Day and Black History Month

Celebrate one day of Black History Month at Mackenzie House, taken from a Victorian perspective. Children can participate in art activities; plus they offer cider and a cookie as refreshments.

Mackenzie House is open noon-5pm. It’s at 82 Bond St., between Yonge St. and Church, just south of Dundas St.

See “Family Day 2015 at Mackenzie House“, again while this remains a current event.

Montgomery’s Inn for an Irish Ceilidh on Family Day

Also open from noon-5pm, Montgomery’s Inn features an Irish Ceilidh for Family Day 2015.

Maureen O’Leary will lead a dance workshop and then host the ceilidh from 2-3:30pm. Watch the kitchen staff and share the treats. Children’s tales at 1:30 & 3:30pm.

Head to 4709 Dundas St. West, where Islington crosses Dundas. Montgomery Road is uncannily close by.

See “2015 Family Day at Montgomery’s Inn” for more details.

From Valentines Day through Family Day at the Scarborough Museum

The Scarborough Museum is running a special program at a great price throughout the weekend, including Family Day 2015. That’s Feb. 14-16 from noon-4pm daily.

Activities include a scavenger hunt; treats include cookies and hot chocolate. PWYC admission… “Pay What You Can” is the best deal in the city.

Location is 1007 Brimley Road at Dorcot Avenue; that’s about 1/3 of the way north from Lawrence Ave. to Ellesmere Ave.

See “Family Day Weekend at Scarborough Museum” for details.

The Spadina Museum Offers Tours and Toys

Open from noon to 5pm, the Spadina Museum offers tours that begin every 45 minutes starting at 12:15.

The well-off Austin children enjoyed games, music and toys in the 1920s; what will your children think of their amusements?

Located at 285 Spadina Road, at Austin Terrace  this downtown Toronto museum is just north of the famous landmark Casa Loma, which is north of Davenport. St. Clair. Ave. West is a bit of a distance north.

See “2015 Family Day at the Spadina Museum” for details.

Todmorden Mills for another Valentines Day through Family Day Weekend

Todmorden Mills holds its 2015 Family Day activities from from Friday Feb. 13 through Monday Feb. 16, always from noon-4pm.

Walk on a guided outdoor tour, and play indoor parlour games. Plus, you can make your own flag. (It’s one way to learn whether your children are plotting to conquer the world…).

The Todmorden Mills museum is at 67 Pottery Road, which dips into the Don Valley, connecting Broadview Ave. on the east with Bayview Ave. on the west. (That’s north from Danforth Ave. on Broadview Ave., or south from Moore Park on the west bank of the Don River).

See “Family Day Weekend at Todmorden Mills” for details.

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