From insider stable tours to artistic interpretations to children’s attractions, and of course the grand events themselves, these Games are anything but a spectator sport. Plan your visit at realgames.ca.
1. Pachi, Official Mascot
What: You’re bound to run into Pachi the Porcupine while visiting the Games’ equestrian events, as his home is in the Niagara Escarpment. Don’t worry about getting close: his quills are hug-tested.
Where: Horse Country
2. Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games
What: Join 14,000 fans from around the world in one of Canada’s most beautiful locales, for the Pan Am equestrian events.
Where: Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park and Pan Am Cross-Country Centre, Mono
What: Throughout July, Headwaters stables will be made open free-of-charge to the public, for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go behind-the-scenes of what goes into putting on a world-class event.
Who: Vicki Sword
Where: Throughout Headwaters
What: World-famous for his goalie masks, Hockley Valley artist David Arrigo has created a 100-foot Games mural, just one of the dozens of artistic and cultural surprises awaiting you up here.
When: all Games long
Where: Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park
Two evenings of music, food and fun on the scenic banks of the Humber River, featuring regional foods from the Caribbean and South, North and Central America, served to the sounds of mariachi and steel pan drums.
Where: Albion Hills Conservation Area