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Toronto Skating Rinks Map now on sportaholik.com

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Yes, we’re well past the mid of the Toronto winter (most would say that’s a good thing!), but we’re launching our Toronto skating rinks map regardless. There’s still time to get your skates on and enjoy the outdoors. There are more Toronto skating rinks than you see there in the default view of the map. If you don’t live in the core of the city simply zoom out our drag the map to another area that is off the map (for example, north Etobicoke or north Scarborough). The yellow pins refer to rinks that offer skate rentals (at the moment this is just Nathan Phillips Square and Natrel Rink at Harbourfront). My personal favourite, between those two, is Harbourfront. It seems less crowded usually. Of course there’s always something special about skating at Nathan Phillips Square, especially when the Square is decorated in Christmas colours! I’ve skated at a few others as well: Ryerson’s pond (Lake Devo), right on the Ryerson University campus, offers a unique experience as you skate amongst hunks of rock that protrude from the lake. That rink is also a minute or so walk from Dundas Station, so it’s easy to get to. You could even follow up some skating with a nice meal from the nearby restaurants, or grab a pint at the area pubs. Late at night when the lights go down, you’ll see Ryerson’s rink it turn into a shinny game featuring people of all ages – usually those living nearby, including the Ryerson students in Residence. A bit further up Yonge (Yonge and College/Gerrard) is another small pond (Barbara Ann Scott) that seems to be rarely used, at least any time I’ve walked by. This is likely a good alternative for some quiet, reflecting skating without the worry of running into people. Of course, they’ve built a zillion condos around there lately so that may have changed for this winter. Along with the Toronto Skating Rinks map, we also mapped the rinks that allow for shinny at certain times of the day. Check out the Toronto Shinny Rinks map for a shinny game near you. Years ago I used to play at Campbell Park (Landsdowne & Dupont) which always had a good game on shinny on Sunday mornings. Check toronto.ca/parks for current shinny times. Enjoy!

Toronto Shinny Rinks Map now on sportaholik.com

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Attention all Toronto shinny hockey players: We’ve put together a Google map of Toronto shinny rinks for you to easily find shinny rinks near you. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, Lake Ontario up to Steeles, we’ve taken a list of City of Toronto rinks that offer shinny and placed them on an easy to use map. Note that most of these rinks have special times that shinny is played (as they are shared with pleasure skating times). Also, many of the time slots are for certain ages, gender, or skill levels. We thought about including all of this data, but decided to link instead to a resource that has it, ensuring accurate information going forward. Find a rink that’s near you and then click through on the link to the City of Toronto Parks site that provides you with schedules for each rink. If you are looking for more detailed information about the rinks themselves, try cityrinks.ca, which has a crazy (crazy good!) amount of information about each rink. Enjoy!

Playing Sports in Vancouver, London, KW, and Guelph Just Got Better!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Yep, we launched the new sportaholik.com for Vancouver, London Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph over the past week. You’ll notice a more consistent look among all of the pages. Also, the right sidebar contains information such as the most recently posted games (and, in most cases, a list of players who play the related sport). Let us know what you think! Enjoy!

Toronto Biking Maps, News, Tips and More

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Toronto Bike Trail - Don Valley Trail

Biking in Toronto can be a bit of a life threatening affair sometimes but there are many online resources to help you make the most of your journey, whether getting from A to B or enjoying a leisurely bike ride on paths.

Getting Around Toronto on Bicycle

  • Toronto Cycling Map: The official map put out by the City of Toronto. The online version (year 2007) is a bit painful (Acrobat PDF format) but you can download only the sections of the city that interest you, if you wish.  If you go to City Hall yourself you can pick up the 2008 version. Even during off-hours (nights, weekends, etc.) you should still be able to get a copy from the Security desk located right inside the main doors. Besides the map itself, there is a wealth of information included to get you started biking in Toronto, including:
  • Toronto Bike Lane Map: A nice Google Maps mashup done by BikingToronto. If you are looking for an easy to use online map of dedicated bike lanes and ‘shared roadways’ (signed, on street routes) this is one to check out. Since it’s a Google Maps version you’ll find it much easier to use online compared to the City’s Acrobat version mentioned above.
  • Toronto biking routes by Toronto cyclists at Bikely.com:If you want to find out what routes others in Toronto are biking, many people have inputted information on where they bike. New Toronto routes are added daily (really!) and include the travel distance and tags (e.g. low traffic, scenic, offroad, safe, difficult, etc.). Route maps are shown on Google Maps, with a step by step tour available. Of course, you can create your own as well! (Update: MapMyRide.com is similar service worth checking out)

Toronto Biking News

There are a number of online resources that you can read to keep up to date on Toronto biking news and events:

  • I Bike T.O. blogs about cycling items of importance to Torontonians. You’ll also find events, a forum, and RideMatching. They have an RSS feed so keeping up to date with their posts is eeeeeeeeasy!
  • BikingToronto aggregates Toronto biking news mostly from mainstream press organizations, and includes an RSS feed so you can keep up to date easier.They have an online community forum as well.
  • bikeToronto posts very detailed Toronto biking news items, including key meeting announcements and details, biking trail changes and improvements, and more. If you’re into the nitty gritty details of cycling happenings in Toronto this site should be on your list. bikeToronto also has an RSS feed to help you keep up to date.
  • Spacing Toronto: Cycling section contains news items of note to Toronto cyclists. Most posts are either unique content or highlight items discussed in the mainstream media. Unfortunately there is no RSS feed specific to the Cycling section.

Other Toronto Biking Resources

  • Toronto Bicycling Network: For an annual membership fee you can join the Toronto Bicycling Network and thus participate in their many cycling events in and around Toronto (alternatively, you can pay per event, as a non-member). Events are run for various cycling levels, so there should be something on that meets your cycling style and abilities.Their Web site also hosts a buy and sell forum, bike dealer database, and more. It’s worth checking out if you are serious about biking in Toronto.
  • sportaholik.com: Search or post for people to bike with. You can also create a profile so others can contact you at any time.
  • Toronto Bike Shop Map: Another great Google Maps mashup by BikingToronto showing bike shops in Toronto.
  • City of Toronto Bike Plan: The official plan. If you’re serious about making Toronto more bike friendly, or want to know what’s on the horizon for Toronto cyclists, this will likely interest you.
  • Bike Train: Take the your bike on the train. The route is between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
  • Bike Commute Tips Blog: It’s not Toronto-based but is a good read for general bicycling news, trends, and more (yep, RSS friendly).

Whew!… What did I forget? Please comment below with any additions or feedback. Thanks!

Top 10 Gym Pet Peeves

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Weights

I recently posted the Top 10 Fitness Clubs in Toronto to help you out in finding popular and highly rated gyms in Toronto. Gyms and fitness clubs are great but just like anywhere else where there is a gathering of different people, there are always things that annoy us. Here are the top 10 gym pet peeves:

  1. Inconsiderate Sweater: Not wiping down the equipment. Yes that’s what those spray bottles and paper towels are for! It’s just plain gross and unhygienic.
  2. Bad Form: Partial to using wild hip thrusts and out of control swinging. Use of strict form during their workouts prevents injuries and provides the most benefits to working out.
  3. No Racking: All those free weights and dumbbells are all over the place because these people don’t put them back on the racks. Nothing worse than searching for the matching weight for your dumbbell that is nowhere to be found.
  4. Cologne Guy/Girl: Never realized that Axe Body spray is so popular in the guy’s change room.
  5. The Gorilla: The excessive grunter who thinks that screaming while performing his exercise is necessary. Usually the guy just likes the attention.
  6. The Princess: She’ll just cruise around the gym jumping from elliptical trainer to stair climber. Every once and awhile will do a 2.5lb bench press. Most likely wears strong perfume (see #4)
  7. Scary Naked Old Guy: Spends 2 hours in the change room strolling around in his sneakers with knee high black socks and nothing else on. If there is a sauna, always be sitting open legged facing the doorway. Even though he has a towel, it is never around the waste. Sometimes carries a newspaper.
  8. No Room for Imagination: Guys who wear compression shorts or spandex without anything else. Likes doing squats.
  9. I am Way Too Important: People who carry their cell phones while working out or worse even have a blue tooth headset. They need to make sure everyone knows that they have “important, life saving calls” to make or receive.
  10. Too Cool to Wear Proper Clothing: Shows up with jeans with flip flops to workout. Probably has a cell phone too (see #9)

Did I miss anything? Feel free to add your own.

The Toronto Golf Season Has Begun

Monday, April 28th, 2008

With the weather warming up, I am sure all you avid golfers are dusting off the clubs and getting ready to hit the range to fix that slice. As previously mentioned, golf has apparently taken over hockey as the most played sport in Canada. This is noticeable here in Toronto as I’ve seen the price of a round of golf skyrocketed over the last few years. The courses have also become more and more busy and many golfers are heading further outside of Toronto to find new golf courses to try. Don’t forget to check out sportaholik.com to find any golf leagues, players or golf games to join up with.

Here’s some quick resources to get you started:

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Top 5 Sneaker Shops in Toronto

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Sneaker Wall

BlogTo has been running their series of “best lists in Toronto” for some time now including previously posted Top 10 Fitness Clubs in Toronto. Their list of the 5 Best Sneaker Shops in Toronto should help get the right footwear for whatever sport you play.

Learn more about finding the right kind of athletic shoe as something as simple as proper footwear can make all the difference in performance and injury prevention.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, time to get outside and be active.  You can find games, players and leagues at sportaholik.com.

Top 10 Fitness Clubs in Toronto

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

fitness gym

I wrote previously a post on advice and tips on sticking to your workouts. Along with this, finding a good gym can sometimes be a tricky business in itself.

The good folks at blogTO put together a top 10 list of the best fitness clubs in Toronto. From a quick glance these gyms seem to be more specialized and fit the “boutique style”. They are not your average YMCA or standard fitness gym but they are definitely worth a look. Also include a decent summary/review of each one and some user comments.

If you are looking for even more motivation, check out sportaholik.com to find a workout or fitness partner or join a fitness league.

Toronto Sport Rental Fees Up 5%

Monday, February 11th, 2008

The City of Toronto has backed down on the 21.5% sport and recreation facility rental increase, but they will still be increasing rental fees by 5% on top of the inflation increase.

Toronto Recreational Sports Players To Pay More?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

There was news yesterday about fees for recreational sports venues to be hiked by the City of Toronto. The 2008 budget calls for an average 21.5% increase in the hourly rental fees for ice rinks, pools and sport fields. The National Post reports that, ‘the cost of renting private ice time at an indoor rink during prime time would rise to $325.23 from $242.89.’ The hike appears to have caught many councillors by surprise and some are vowing to have the price increases reversed. If the increased fees do go ahead Toronto recreational sports players can expect bare the brunt of the increases as sports leagues will likely pass along the fee hike to its players. Can’t afford the fees? The alternative, for some sports, is to get a group of players together to play at one of the many parks or school yards in the city for a game of pick up ball hockey, basketball, volleyball or baseball (to name a few). First step in organizing all of this is to put the word out for players and/or contact those who are looking to play. Playing sports in Toronto doesn’t have to be an expensive thing. The City of Toronto provides many parks that can be used free of charge. Yes, it may be harder to get a group of people together but that’s what sportaholik.com is for! (by the way, it works)