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. When you're not climbing through Maligne Canyon, whitewater boating down the Athabasca River…
In case you’ve been wondering what the Board of Directors has been doing in our…
It is hard to explain just how wonderful and horrible dancing in the dust can…
Hear ye, hear ye — let it be known far and mutha-effin’ wide that Toronto Urban…
Some ‘curmudgeonly advice’ from one who has been to 7 burns to all of you…
- Vancouver- Vancouver is ranked as the most expensive city to live in North America. The average price of a house is almost at $750,000. Being the third largest film industry in North America, the city proves its worth to the visitors. The beauty of the city can be taken by long walks on the busy roads, the long stretch of the bike routes and of course, a view of the beautiful skyline. Despite being a major and most expensive city, Vancouver has the lowest carbon footprint in the North America, when compared to other major cities.
- Toronto- The average price of a house here is around $490,000, making it the second most expensive city to live in Canada. This also the country’s largest city and is known for its exposure to various cultures. The downtown of Toronto is always bustling with people from different parts of the world, experiencing the vibrant dining, entertainment and theatre. The city is filled with thousands of things to do, all within its borders and hence never disappoints a tourist.
- Victoria- This is the third most expensive city to live in Canada, with the average house priced at $422,000. Unlike most of the other major cities in Canada, Victoria is a sunny city with fauna appearing by early March, while the rest of the country is still struggling with clearing snow. A fun fact about this city is that it holds an annual flower count and in 2012 they claimed that they had almost 2 billion blooms.
- Calgary- Also known as Canada’s energy capital, the average cost of a house in this city would be around $419,000. The city is also surrounded with some of the major tourist attractions of Canada like the Rockies, Banff National Park, etc. The plus side about this city is that, you do not have to pay the Provincial sales tax.
- Hamilton/Burlington- With the average cost of a house at $350,000, Hamilton is the fifth most expensive urban home center in Canada. The city of Burlington has nine golf courses within its borders and is home to the 7th largest gallery in the state of Ontario. The main attraction in this city is the Royal Botanical Gardens where can be amazed by the large collections of flowers. The sight is at its best in mid- May.
- Ottawa- Capita of Canada, this is the sixth most expensive city in Canada and the fourth largest city. The average cost of a new house is at $345,000. This city is home to the country’s top galleries, museums and events and hence gives you an easy access for utmost entertainment. The city also hosts the largest tulips festival in the world which is usually hosted in May.
- . When you’re not climbing through Maligne Canyon, whitewater boating down the Athabasca River or snapping photographs of Spirit Island, you can appreciate a bird’s-eye perspective of the lovely view from the Jasper SkyTeam. Keep your eyes oJasper National Park- As the biggest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is the spot for exploring and adventurepen for the 53 types of mammals that call this place home.
- Banff- Located amongst the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, this place is apt for both luxury-seekers and nature enthusiasts. This is a small mountain town in Alberta. Tourists can while away their time by skiing or hiking in Banff National Park, admiring the beauty of Lake Louise before ending up in one of the many luxury hotels in the area.
- Niagara Falls- Visit this place to take pictures and be amazed by the iconic Niagara Falls. With the Canadian Horseshoe Falls dropping from the 180-feet drop at a speed of 68 miles an hour, the falls remain one of the main attractions or the place. Along with the magnificent falls, the place also has other things to do such as museums, parks, wineries and casinos.
- Victoria and Vancouver Island- Victoria is the place which pays a tribute to the countries British Heritage, just like Montreal and Quebec city pay a tribute to the country’s French Heritage. The place has many places to visit for a perfect afternoon tea or an informative lesson on British history. Visit the museums and wineries for complete British- Canadian experience.
- Prince Edward Island- Filled with rolling green hills, red sandstone cliffs and a delicious spread of seafood, Prince Edward Island is perfect for an adventure-driven experience. Entertain yourself with the vast beaches and the island’s golf courses.
- Quebec City- One of the cheapest places to visit in Canada, this Canadian city never fails to charm its visitors with the historical buildings from 17th and 18th This is a UNESCOO World Heritage Site. The place’s freshly baked bread and brewing espresso fill the stone-made streets.
- Montreal- The city is a perfect mix of urban and heritage buildings. Skyscrapers rub shoulders with historical architecture from 17th century in Old Montreal. Experience the French-Canadian culture with familiar English and French sounds. Visit the world-class shopping center in the Boulevard Saint-Laurent district.
- Whistler- Take your adventure side up a notch by visiting Whistler. This resort town has everything ranging from skiing to snowboarding to bobsled rides and bungee jumping. Enjoy the ski scene in the Whistler village and take a stroll through the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
- Toronto- Explore the cultural pockets like Greektown, Little India and Koreatown. Go on ride up the 1,815-foot tall CN tower and enjoy a view of this huge city.
In case you’ve been wondering what the Board of Directors has been doing in our secret lair, far away from the eyes of mortals, here is a copy of our proposed corporate (non-profit) bylaws. Please take a moment and look them over, and make note of anything you’d like to ask about, suggest, or otherwise discuss at the next Town Hall meeting. Apologies for the formatting — we just wanted to get this out there with time for review.
If you find this sort of thing thrilling, keeping you on the edge of your seat through multiple sessions of multi-hour meetings… then you too can come to our secret lair and be a part of the committee. Serious inquiries only, punch and pie may be served. Inquire at Town Hall for details.
It is hard to explain just how wonderful and horrible dancing in the dust can be. But for the 358 other days a year those same passionate, artistic, resilient people form communities around the world and are finding ways to bring the beauty of the playa back to the default world. This website is a vital communications cog for the tribe of like-minded Ontarians that want to keep that energy growing until they might make the 4,000 km trip to Black Rock City to be a trip to their own personal mecca.
Ottawa, Toronto and London all have strong communities of Burners who have great ideas in mind and taking bolder steps everyday to make them happen.
Hear ye, hear ye — let it be known far and mutha-effin’ wide that Toronto Urban Golf is at it again! It’s been nearly four years of our crazy little urban golf tourneys — and we’re getting really exited about our route for this next one!
In response to popular request, we’re having an EAST END route! As we’ll be heading through Chinatown East, the theme, naturally, is “THE FAR EAST”! Exact Tee Off locale TBA — after-party at the CoG for the Wig Out Social for Fesso & Lu!
RSVP & stay tuned for full details — or email us if you wanna jump in on the planning team. (firstname.lastname@example.org is the address at which we can be reached.)
What is …Urban Golfing, you say?
Well, my little chickadee, read this FAQ, and all shall be revealed:
This is a *costumed* event, a “real” game of golf in an urban setting, and a bar jaunt par excellence! It is a 19+ event, as we will be frequenting bars as part of each round.
Prizes will be given, incl. for best costume, so start hitting up those thrift stores now for some silly, golf-y goodness! A small greens fee will apply (a paltry $3) so plan to bring cash for greens fee and drinks — and ID, just to be on the safe side.
Now, start planning your outfits, spruce up those clubs, and get ready for a raucous jaunt. Game on!
A note on what to bring:
– Cash for greens fees ($3) and bars. (Tip your hardworking bar staff!)
– A club — can be anything that you can whack a ball with — hockey stick, actual golf club (maybe decorated?), tennis racket, broom, umbrella, etc.
– water bottle — the routes can be deceptively long and the game is more fun if you stay hydrated!
Some ‘curmudgeonly advice’ from one who has been to 7 burns to all of you heading out there for the first time. Good luck! Here’s my eight pieces of, um, sagely? advice, in decending order…
8. PACE YOURSELF
Yes, this includes drinking and other altering substances. However, I’d say it’s just as important to include the bodily basics: suntan lotion and water. I know way too many virgins who wander off from camp on Monday morning only to come back burnt on Monday afternoon. Imagine spending the rest of your week trying to hide from the beating burning sun in the fucking desert, or getting heat exhaustion and taking two days to recover. It’s really not a good time.
7. GROUND YOURSELF BY GIVING BACK
Find yourself overwhelmed? Slow down and do something for somebody. Make a friend by carrying ice for a few blocks. Haul something for an artist for an hour or two because they worked their ass off for months
to make it for you. Don’t worry about what you do being sexy — I don’t know one camp on the playa that would object to you doing their dishes, because no one on the playa wants to do their own dishes. A
little service will make you feel good and make friends.
6. BOOK 30 MINUTES A DAY FOR SELF CARE
Do it. Showering, meditating, yoga, vinegar on your feet, whatever. Organizing your tent is a also a good idea. Taking time for self care will help you stay grounded, and notice where you’re at. Check in with yourself, and with your good friends. Being aware of what’s going on and processing as it goes along can make for a much better burn.
5. BEWARE OF BIG GROUPS
So someone in your camp decides all 21 of you should all go out on the town. Don’t do it, at least not for long. The larger your group, the worse the group mind. I have a few really good friends I love to hang with on the playa. If we do start out as a group, our smaller group make it clear that when it takes waaaay too long to get everyone moving, we’re moving on. If you’re with a group, it’s easy to be bored and waiting. Which brings me to my next point…
4. IF YOU’RE BORED, IT’S YOUR FAULT,
Change it up! There are fun things to do at Burning Man, and some really bad boring ones too. Figuring out how to find what really is worth staying for is an art. Don’t think that means it has to be whatever someone else thinks is fun. Sometimes chatting at camp with really cool neighbours is better than big shiny things. After seven burns, I find the burning of the man to be a bit dull, so I don’t always go. If it’s your first year, you’ll probably find it new and exciting. Make up your own mind about where you want to spend your
3. BE READY TO HAVE YOUR BOUNDARIES PUSHED
One of the great and terrible things about Burning Man is that there are fewer social rules. It can be wonderful and honest, and annoying at the same time. For example, someone may bluntly proposition you. Under these social rules, it’s honest more than rude, and may be complimentary if they don’t push it. You can actually address attraction like adults.
However, there is a real line here that you need to keep. if they do push your boundaries with sexuality or anything else that you don’t like, push back. If you want them to stop, tell them. If they keep on doing it, remember there really are no private places on the playa — Use a loud voice to declare: “This person is an asshole who doesn’t respect boundaries!” to the 30 people who just happen to be around you. Believe me, they will back the fuck off.
Be careful getting so fucked up that you can’t keep your own boundaries. Just because it’s Burning Man doesn’t mean you can trust everyone. It’s a big city, meaning there are all kinds of people, including really creepy ones. Yes, there are also fantastic people and good spaces, but that doesn’t mean you can give your critical judgement a week off. If you are playing with substances, use that small group and watch out for each other just like you would in the default world.
2. BURNING MAN IS ANNOYING
There’s always noise. There’s no privacy. People get uptight about dumb things. There’s dust and stupidity and you walk in someone else’s piss spot. There’s couples/campmates fighting about dumb shit. The camp down the road that has nothing by heavy metal karaoke when you’re more a Johnny Cash-type (or vice-versa). Cacophony is a pleasure and a curse. The more you can roll with it, the better your burn will be,
but don’t be surprised if they are not all beautiful shiny surprises. Which brings me to my last and most important point…
1. LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS
You have probably been told that Burning Man is the most amazing mind-blowing fantastic place you’ve ever seen or could see. Please, lower you expectations. Really. Lots of us enjoy it, and keep coming back. Some people hate it, and while I disagree, I can see their point. Going in saying “This will and must be the most amazing life altering experience of my life,” is just setting yourself up for disappointment. Don’t do it. Burning Man is an annoying expedition into community with annoying people who you have to offer radical acceptance with survival camping thrown on in just to make it more complicated. Aren’t you glad you’ve made such a huge sacrifice to go there