Downtown Toronto is abuzz in the lead-up to the 100th Grey Cup game Sunday evening, with the city hosting dozens of activities to celebrate the event.
Activities range from adrenaline-pumping to awareness-raising, with a little bit of something for everyone.
Those looking for some physical activity can visit the MBNA Adrenaline Zone at Nathan Phillips Square. It includes a zipline overtop of the square, stretching from City Hall towers to Queen Street.
The $20 fee per ride will give riders access to what organizers claim is the tallest urban zipline, running some 725 feet above the ground.
Participants can also challenge themselves on the obstacle course set up by the Canadian Forces in collaboration with the Department of National Defence.
For families there’s the Nissan Family Zone at Dundas Square, which includes a week-long program list that runs until Saturday.
The zone includes a mini football field for kids, food stations, and a range of entertainment activities.
On Tuesday, Dundas Square was the venue for an anti-bullying awareness event where kids from local schools gathered for a day of scavenger hunting and entertainment. The scavenger hunt consisted of interactive stations set up by sponsors, and kids had to fill in booklets with anti-bullying-related clues.
Jason Colero, director of education programs and the Argos Foundation for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, has been involved in many bullying awareness events in Toronto.
Colero says the entire team’s message is that bullying affects learning and must be addressed first, adding that the program lets everyone, teachers and kids alike, know that bullying is an issue for everyone.
“It’s kind of fitting in a way because our slogan is ‘All Hands on Deck,’ so all of a sudden now you’re saying, all hands on deck for this issue,” he says.
History buffs can check out the new 100th Grey Cup plaque installation at the Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto. Environment Minister Peter Kent, who is responsible for Parks Canada, took part at the opening.
“Designating the Grey Cup as a national historic event highlights its significance and underlines its importance in our history, which will be passed on to future generations,” said Kent.
The Grey Cup itself has also earned a title of sorts, landing a spot on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada list of national historic sites, persons, and events.
The University of Toronto won the first three Grey Cups, starting in 1909, when it was donated by Governor General Albert Grey, the 4th Earl Grey.
For a full listing of events taking place during the 100th Grey Cup celebrations, visit http://100thgreycupfestival.ca/en/events
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