If you’ve experienced some of what the United States has to offer, then what’s stopping you from crossing the border into Canada to check out what your neighbors are up to? You’re going to like what you see. The Honda Indy Toronto Grand Prix event is a highlight on the summer calendar every year, and tens of thousands of spectators are hunting out their supporter’s gear in anticipation.
This three-day summer event takes part in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, on a 1.755-mile track with 11 turns and dozens of competitors. It loops around Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard and is the third-oldest race on the NTT IndyCar Series calendar. Honda Indy Toronto is the second-longest running street race for the series with only the Grand Prix of Long Beach having run longer.
Over the three days in Downtown Toronto, visitors are treated to plenty of on-track excitement, but plenty off the track fun as well. With an emphasis on family, there’s a speed zone for the kids with an affinity for balance bikes, and there has even been an appearance by Spongebob Squarepants in the past.
Kids can also look forward to racing simulators, VR hockey shootout games, face painting, video walls, and more. If you believe your kids are born to be racers, then there’s even a rookie racers club so they can learn all there is to know about racing a car.
Honda Indy Toronto is a fun-filled, action-packed event that brings visitors from far and wide. Don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Load up the RV, read up on Canadian hospitality, and hit the road.
When it comes to Honda Indy Toronto, you are not going to want to sleep on your decision to buy tickets. As soon as they are for sale, they sell like hotcakes!
There are many different ticket options for sale, including a pit pass, paddock pass, and general admission. General admission has been free in the past for children under 12 but requires a paying adult to accompany them.
If you require ticket upgrades or paddock passes, there are ticket boxes at each of the spectator gates. The early bird gets the worm, so shoot to the organizer website in anticipation of them being live for sale.
Whether you’re from New York, Michigan, Vermont, or surrounding states, you’re sure to enjoy the easy drive that leads you to the Canadian border. Wide, well sign-posted roads are a joy to drive, and as long as you have your border documentation ready, you’ll be in the land of the maple leaf in no time.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to Honda Indy Toronto, for it’s going to be a busy place. Congestion is almost guaranteed, and RV-goers may even like to arrange navigational directions in advance. A traffic app may also be desirable for help with live road closures (of which there are plenty) and diversions along the way. Upon arriving in Toronto, the race takes part around the vicinity of 100 Princes Boulevard by Lake Ontario.
You are going to want to be cool, calm, and collected when trying to park your RV during Honda Indy Toronto. You will require an event-issued parking pass to park at Honda Indy Toronto, and these areas are separated by color on the event map in yellow, blue, and red.
If you arrive early enough, you may be able to park around Ontario Place, in private lots, and the odd on-street parking space. However, for convenience, you may like to park at your accommodation and arrange public transportation over the three days.
Public transportation is a preferred option for many RV-goers who are aware of the masses of people and shortage of parking options. Some buses stop within direct proximity to the racing action, and the same with trains from Mimico and Union Stations. If you have purchased an adult’s ticket, children under 12 have traveled for free on these services in the past.
In addition, event organizers offer dedicated bicycle parks for the exercise enthusiast and pick-up and drop-off points for taxis north of Gate 1.
Honda Indy Toronto is a street race that exists in an ordinary Toronto street. At any other time of the year, it’s business as usual. As a result, there is no suitable place to park your RV for the three-day event. You can, however, find suitable quarters in the general area that are bound to be more than satisfactory.
Camping in a new country will be an exciting experience for many, so it may appeal to RV-goers to have their own space, even if there might be a bit of a drive each day to Honda Indy Toronto. Some camping facilities are within 25 miles, but you may also want to expand your hunt to within 50 miles of the racing to find an option to suit. Make sure you snap up your chosen site well in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on something that fits your preferred route.
Upon arriving at Honda Indy Toronto, you’ll want to have your site map handy. There are plenty of things to see, do, and experience, but all at various parts of the track which are only accessible on foot. There will be no need for scooters, golf carts, or shuttles. Familiarize yourself with the track crossing areas and various site entrances.
From June until September, Toronto can typically present some humid conditions. While you’ll need to pile on the layers once the sun goes down, you can confidently pack shorts, t-shirts, and sandals for a few days in the sunshine. Make sure you carry a couple of pairs of comfortable footwear too, for you’ll be doing plenty of walking on your visit to Honda Indy Toronto.
For your convenience and security purposes, it’s a good idea to travel light. You can bring cash and a credit card (and withdraw some money from the ATM in the Enercare Center), but leave any bulky gear you don’t really need back in your locked and secure RV. Rain gear, seat cushions, binoculars, scanners, and small cameras with stands are all okay to come with you. Outdoor food and beverages, chairs, noisemakers, and weapons are not.
Bring along sun safety products such as sunglasses, a sun hat, and sunscreen, as well as any medication you might require. If you carry an empty water bottle on you, you can also fill it up at the water fountains and refilling stations around the track. There are also both permanent and portable washrooms nearby to most viewing areas.
You’ll be able to cook for yourself using your RV kitchen appliances. Make sure you bring all cooking utensils and appliances you require but wait to purchase supplies once you’re over the border. Some restrictions may apply to particular food you bring into the country. Fortunately, there is a market within a two-mile drive of the racing venue, and many more convenience stores in the vicinity as well. On your venture, you're likely to be treated to Canadian hospitality at its finest.
Upon arriving in Canada, you will be treated to some amazing cuisine and dining establishments that can’t wait to serve you. From chain fast food outlets you may already be familiar with, to intimate dining establishments, bakeries, and even a sausage house with craft beer, you’re spoiled for options. Try something new to make the most of your Canadian vacation.
As you are not allowed to bring any outside food and beverages into Honda Indy Toronto, organizers more than make up for this with outstanding vendors. There are food and beverage vendors both on the inside and outside of the track, as well as official merchandise sellers and a beer garden for those over the legal drinking age. Bring both cash and card to make your purchases.
If it’s non-essential, leave it at home. That’s what Honda Indy Toronto officials are encouraging spectators to do. The less you carry in you, the faster you can go through the screening process, and the more comfortable you can be navigating the track. Security officials may search you for glass, coolers, weapons, noisemakers, inflatables, view-obstructing items, and anything else they deem prohibited.
If you have any questions or concerns, there is a police command post on site. Talk to an official representative to find out where that will be on the day.
Hot and humid conditions are expected during July, which means the likelihood of rain or miserable weather conditions is unlikely. It can, however, pay to check your weather app in advance. You can then work out whether you need to bring rain boots or a jacket with you. Racing generally continues in the event of rain. If there is a cancellation, there is a no-refund ticket policy.
If you require medical assistance at any time, then you’re in the right place. Notify a race track volunteer, security, or EMS personnel for help. There is also a first aid center in the Enercare Center and a medical facility within three and a half miles.