In case you missed it, it’s a big day in Toronto. In fact, Mayor John Tory has officially proclaimed June 17 as ‘We The North’ day as the Raptors championship parade is hitting the streets at 10 am.
And if you’re still at home, or at the office, wondering if you should step out — there are some prime viewing spots Google Maps has outlined for fans to check out the parade.
The parade begins at 10 am at the Princes’ Gates in Exhibition Place and ends at Nathan Phillips Square with a rally.
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Top 5 places to watch the Toronto Raptors Championship parade, according to Google Maps:
- Coronation Park: Coronation Park is meters from the start of the parade route. It’s an ideal place to see the parade right out the gates (no pun intended) with enormous space for families to gather. The waterfront park was developed in 1935 as a way to increase parkland and access to the waterfront. The TTC is the best way to get to this destination.
- York & Harbour Streets: As the double-decker buses turn up York Street, get a clear view of the Raptors from this unobstructed downtown vantage point. Standing here also offers quick exits from the crowd.
- Jurassic Park: Maple Leaf Square, also known as Jurassic Park, is a multi-use complex and public square. It was the hub of Raptors fandom throughout the playoffs. Located to the west of the Scotiabank Arena, the best Raptors fans brought this square to life night after night. Union Station nearby.
- St. Andrew Station: St. Andrew is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University. It’s located under University Avenue where it intersects King Street West and makes access to the parade easy for TTC Riders. The station, which opened in 1963, is named for the nearby St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
- Nathan Phillips Square: The parade is scheduled to arrive at Nathan Phillips Square by 12:30 pm, at which point there will be an hour-long rally to celebrate the Raptors first NBA championship. Likely sighting: Mayor John Tory. The square is named for Nathan Phillips, mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962.
The parade route map is available here and below:
And one last thing, if you’re hoping to watch the parade away from the route itself, Vista Eatery at Ontario Place will be screening the Parade on a 12 x 20 outdoor screen on the patio. It will be open from 9 am til 3 pm on Monday.