This Thursday, April 30, Toronto 2015 will add a new contingent of tickets for sale to the general public to see the 2015 Pan American Games. And all remaining tickets will be available May 8. The seventeen days of ceremonies and events will also include a cultural festival dubbed “Panamania.”
Visitors who still need to plan their trip have reasonable choices, but the remaining bargains are going quickly. The Ramada Plaza Hotel has a few double rooms available for about US$160 per night. The luxury Radisson Admiral on Lake Ontario has a weekend offer around US$200 per night. A popular choice with budget travelers, the Isabella Hotel, has some rooms under US$80 per night. Budget conscious travelers can also stay in world famous Niagara Falls, where the Ramada Fallsview Hotel has rooms for about US $100 per night. Each US dollar buys 1.2 Canadian dollars, the most favorable rate for Americans in decades, so Pan Am Games tickets and daily expenses will be inexpensive compared to seeing major sporting events at home.
Pan American Games visitors will have a lot more to see than the sport events and ceremonies themselves. One landmark stands out as a must for Toronto 2015 visitors. That is the CN Tower. The 1,815 feet high building was the world’s tallest tower from its completion in 1976 until 2010. Its design is so innovative that it has been distinguished as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World” along with the Golden Gate Bridge and five other landmarks. Of particular interest for Toronto 2015 visitors, the view from the observation platform of the CN Tower affords a panorama of all the Toronto area sports venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, from the Welland Canoe and Kayak facility near the Niagara River to the Oshowa Sports Center, which will host boxing and weightlifting events.
Sailing enthusiasts will agree that the best things in life – or at least in Toronto – are free. The Pan American Games sailing competition from July 12 to July 19 will take place on Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront with no ticket purchase required. Medal ceremonies will be presented at Sugar Beach July 18 and 19. The cycling individual time trials can also be viewed for free.
Other popular attractions to experience the best of Toronto are the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the parks and beaches of Toronto Island, which can be reached by a picturesque ferry. Once you are on Toronto Island, you can have your own Canadian sports experience at the canoe rental center.