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A Day Trip to Brampton (Check These Out)

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Among one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario is Brampton.  It is known as “Canada’s Flower City” with beautiful botanical displays along the main attractions of the city.  In addition, Brampton is also “one of only 11 cities in North America, to be designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization.” (Reference: http://brampton.ca – Official Brampton City Website).

With such a unique and outstanding reputation, Brampton is certainly one of those cities that you want to visit if you’re ever in the Toronto area.  Most people know about Toronto because it is one of the main cities in Canada.  However, just about thirty minutes from Toronto is this beautiful city called Brampton where you can find much tourism value.

To start, you can visit the Brampton Rose Theatre which is located in downtown Brampton.  This theatre is opened all year round with various theatrical pieces.  In fact, the final stop of the 2010-2011 Wizard of Oz national tour was performed in this particular theatre.  The purpose of this theatre was to be “a cultural and tourist destination that will attract significant new business to surrounding restaurants, shops and services” (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Theatre_Brampton).  Being a theatre that was designed with tourist in mind, you can certainly find events and performances that will suit your preferences as you browse through their website.

If you are more of an adventurist and you’re visiting Brampton during the summer time, you definitely want to visit Treetop Trekking located in Heart Lake Conservation.  You can push your own limits and stimulate all your senses on 8 treetop trekking courses, 10 zip lines and 75 aerial games.  And believe me that is plenty!  The likelihood is that you probably won’t have time to go through all of them.

If you decide to go, make sure you are at least a bit physically prepared.  I still remember a few years ago when I went there on a bachelor party, I had much trouble finishing the course at the end of our stay.  You may think it is easy, but after jumping through many hoops and obstacles on treetops and flying through zip lines, you’ll be amazed how unfit your body can be if you do not regularly train your body like me!  Don’t get me wrong, I am a traveler and I love the outdoors and normally I’d have no problems with most outdoor activities.  But this treetop trekking is something that you want to be physically and mentally prepared for!  Hopefully, I haven’t scared you away from trying this exciting and fun adventure.  While it can be physically demanding, it is also a boat load of fun! :)

To keep this blog post from being too long, I’ll just leave you with these two attractions that you can check out in Brampton.  However, do stay tune to my blog because I will continue to write about other cities in Ontario that is travel-worthy for you and your family.  Until next time, stay safe traveling!

If you’re a fan of a larger city like Toronto, you can take a look at an overview of the Toronto entertainment and tourism industry here.

Fun Sporting Events in Ottawa

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Ottawa is one of those Canadian cities that have a high standard of living.  This may explain why some sports tournaments are hosted within Ottawa at various times of the year. The cost of living is also pretty good so that means Ottawa residents have a pretty stable lifestyle. And part of that lifestyle means viewing or participating in popular sports tournaments hosted by the city.

Ottawa in Canada will be hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup which is one of the most popular football tournaments for female athletes around the world. This major event will last from June 6, 2015 up to July 5, 2015 and will have the Labatt Breweries of Canada as one of its more important corporate sponsors. As corporate sponsor, Labatt Breweries of Canada now has the exclusive marketing rights in Canada in connection with the football tournament. This is not the first time Labatt Breweries has opted to partner with sports tournament organizing bodies in Canada. This deal will probably benefit Labatt Breweries financially because the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is a big deal for many Ottawa football fans and possibly visitors from around Canada and other countries.

At the same time, FIFA will also benefit financially from this sponsorship agreement with Labatt Breweries. According to FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil, FIFA and other sports organizations have benefitted in the past from corporate sponsorship deals like this one. On the other hand, Labatt Breweries of Canada Head of Media, Sports and Entertainment Jonathan Ritter noted that the company expects fans all over Canada to follow the matches of this sporting event closely. This could help the company gain more sales of its products as well, especially since the deal also encompasses global TV viewership aside from local audience reach. (Incidentally, aside from Labatt Breweries FIFA has also signed up the Bell telecommunications company as one of its sponsors).

marathonIf your speed leans more towards running then just football, you might be glad to know that the Winterman Marathon will be hosted in Ottawa this 2014 also. This race is divided into the following race categories: 3km, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon, and Marathon relays so this means you can pick the length of race that you want to participate in. This depends also on the level of training you have been doing to prepare for an actual marathon. Incidentally, the Winterman Marathon is included in the Winterlude winter festival of Canada. The great thing about this marathon is that it will be hosted by the banks of the Ottawa River near the War Museum. If you do choose to sign up for the Winterman Marathon you will need to specify to the organizers which of the race categories you want to run in. There are also Marathon Relay categories if you prefer to choose those. The Winterman Marathon is scheduled for February 15, 2014 up to February 16, 2014. If you do choose to run in these races, you can also participate in other activities coinciding with the marathon races themselves.

If you’re a fan of soccer, you’re probably an adventurist who may also enjoy extreme sports where you can find in Mississauga.

2014 Toronto Tourism and Entertainment

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This 2014 and 2015, Toronto will be host to some major events that could give the tourism and entertainment industries of Toronto a big shot in the arm. This is good news for Toronto businesses of every stripe and color.

One of the major events that will take place in 2014 is the Canadian International Autoshow.  If you’re a fan of cars and you live around Toronto, then this is something that you don’t want to miss.  Every year, autoshows like these draw thousands of people in admiring the beauty of the latest and trendiest cars.  Not only are there cars, there will also be a wide range of shows which you can enjoy while you’re there.

If you’re seriously considering going to this autoshow, you may want to jump on their early bird price where you can save 25% off.  Families with children are also welcome because there will be many things for them to see.

According to the official website: “the AutoShow continues to provide The Total Automotive Experience with over 600,000 square feet of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits! Don’t miss out on Auto Exotica, featuring the world’s finest exotic automobiles. See the latest automotive interactive technology in our AutoConnect feature exhibit.”

Not only will you be seeing awesome cars and great shows, you will also be entering into contests and draws with great prizes!  When was the last time that you won a prize at a dinner gathering or Christmas party?  This could be another chance for you to experience the thrill and excitement of seeing the trendiest cars and even winning awesome prizes with only the cost of admission!

My cousin is a fan of cars and he often goes to these autoshows with his camera in hand.  If you’re a professional photographer, this maybe another chance for you to take some nice looking pictures to add on to your portfolio.  The lighting will be perfect at these shows so you’ll be able to get the sharpest pictures with great color and contrast.  If you do end up going to the show and taking lots of pictures, please feel free to send me an email with some great photo highlights!

In 2015, Toronto will also be host of the event known as Pan American/Parapan American Games. This event is actually divided into two sub-events called the Pan American Games and the Parapan American Games. The Pan American Games are scheduled for July 10, 2015 and will last until July 26, 2015. On the other hand, the Parapan American Games are set for August 7, 2015 and last up to August 14, 2015.  This sporting events will probably draw in crowds of Toronto residents and visitors as well as the thousands of athletes that will compete in these Games.

These crowds will include, of course, the sporting event officials and the coaches of the teams that expect to compete during the Games. Take note that the participants are expected to come from the Caribbean, North America and South America for the most part. However, it is possible that tourists from other areas and cities in Canada will also make it a point to visit Toronto if only for these Games.

If you enjoy autoshows, maybe you also belong to the upper class in which case I will assume you like play golf as well.  If this is the case, take a look at playing golf in Mississauga because it could be another great golf course that you have not tried yet!

Overview of Toronto Tourism and Entertainment Industries

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One reason that Toronto has a flourishing tourism and entertainment scene is that they have quite a big community of migrants. One of those migrant communities is the Filipinos who flocked to Canada in search of a better life for themselves and their families. This means that Toronto has some events that were or will be hosted there specifically for the benefit of Filipinos who are now residing in or have even become Canadian citizens. In turn, these events help to make the fields of tourism and entertainment more vibrant and popular.

For instance, in 2012 Toronto was host to a concert by Karylle and Christian Bautista who both have a strong following among Filipinos in the Philippines. Two other Filipino celebrities – Derek Ramsey and Sharon Cuneta – also hosted a concert at Toronto that same year. In 2013, modern pop band Eraserheads also visited Toronto for their own concert. These concerts allowed the Filipinos living in Toronto and the surrounding areas to get their taste of what Filipino singers and actors back home have to offer when they come to Toronto to entertain. These concerts may be important to Filipinos who miss the culture of the Philippines and want to reminisce about Philippine culture if only through attending concerts.

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How to Enjoy Your Stay in Mississauga

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The city of Mississauga has much to offer tourists by way of leisure and entertainment. One reason for this is that Mississauga was developed partly to be the suburbs of the nearby progressive city of Toronto, until Mississauga ran out of real estate to develop into residential suburbs. Nowadays, the attractions of Mississauga are its many parks and golf courses that help city residents relax and enjoy their leisure time without having to leave the city.

Mississauga has 522 parks actually so that is quite a lot of green space set aside in the city. This means less crowding within each park so that residents won’t feel hassled while walking within the park. It also means that there are more activities that residents and tourists can enjoy doing within each park and that they get to enjoy fresh air. This is very important for any city for aesthetic and health reasons.

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