Orlando City heads north of the border for the first time this season when they travel to the Six to take on reigning MLS Cup Champs, Toronto FC. The weather will be much cooler than what us Floridians are used to, so make sure to bundle up while you check out some of these spots:
Located at Exhibition Place in Toronto, BMO Field is Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium and plays home to Canada’s National soccer team, as well as Toronto FC, Canada’s first Major League Soccer team. It was built at a cost of $62.9 million and funded by a unique public partnership between three levels of government and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment LTD.
The stadium seats 30,000, but can expand to up to 40,000 for big events such as the MLS Cup. And the playing surface is made up of natural grass.
Toronto FC has six recognized supporter groups: The Red Patch Boys, U-Sector, Kings in the North, Inebriatti, Original 109 and Tribal Rhythm Nation.
Things To Do
Distillery Historic District
This is a great spot to spend a few hours if you want to get away from the usual downtown stuff. There’s not a Starbucks or McDonalds in sight. This pedestrian-only village is set amidst fabulous heritage architecture and is devoted to promoting arts and culture. The Distillery Historic District also features a wellness center, plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs.
If you’re unfamiliar with this building, you may recognize it from Drake’s album cover ‘Views’. It’s the most prominent attraction in Toronto and the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere. Standing at 1,815 feet tall it has been designated as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. And just like our boy, Drake, you too can sit on the ledge of the tower with Edgewalk.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Niagara Falls is approximately 130 km (80 miles) southwest of Toronto, an average drive of 1½ hours without traffic delays. This natural wonder of the world attracts over 14 million visitors each year.
Bars and Restaurants
Dog & Bear
The West Queen West pub can easily satisfy cravings for traditional pub offerings. Its 20 beers on tap, tempting daily specials, TVs tuned into big games are all highlights. To eat? All the wings, nachos and hearty Sunday roast suppers you could as for.
The Good Fork
Celebrate a three-point weekend with brunch at The Good Fork. What to get here? If you’re feeling sweet, then the red velvet pancakes or the croissant bread pudding French toast. If you’re in a savory state of mind, it’s gotta be the Menemen, a hangover-thwarting combo of poached eggs, tomato sauce, cumin, fennel, and focaccia bread. Bennies are also a good bet, like the Deep Green with fried green tomatoes and watercress. Wash everything down with a bacon vodka Caesar made with house bacon-infused hooch.
Poutini’s House of Poutine
Poutine wars might not be as feverish here as they are in Montreal, but that doesn’t mean Torontonians aren’t passionate about their curds. The gravy-and-cheese-laden fries at this tiny take-out spot drew crowds from the get-go. Fries are hand-cut daily and twice-fried before being topped with rich house-made gravy and curds brought in fresh from Maple Dale Farms.
The Reservoir Lounge
The Reservoir Lounge is one of the hippest lounges in the city. Exposed brick walls and dim lighting give this basement venue a relaxed martini-swirling vibe, but don’t be fooled – once the band takes the stage the dance floor abounds with energy. It was at The Reservoir Lounge that a young unknown named Michael Bublé first made a name for himself.