Skating, Sculptures and Summertime — Enjoy York U’s Campus

Posted by Megan on June 11, 2015

Pan Ambling

Hi friends,

I hope you’ve been enjoying the first couple weeks of June.

While summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, as soon as I saw that fresh “1” on the calendar, I let my summer spirit fly free — I bet many of you can relate. With winter finally truly gone, it’s time to come out of our comfort caves and enjoy the nice weather!

A comic of a bear on a smart phone hibernating with junk food and video games.
After months of this, I’m ready for the outdoors. Image source.

Which brings us to this very post and all the amazing ways in which you can enjoy campus. Let’s see what we’ve got. Do any of the descriptions below sound like you?

  • You live on or close to campus and are looking for some ways to pass your time.
  • You are a commuter student feeling nostalgic for York and would love a reason to come to campus.
  • You are a newly admitted student who wants to get to know the campus a little better before school starts in the Fall.
  • You are visiting campus as an athlete, official, family member, friend or fan because of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Did I capture you? No, you just want to come to campus “because,” even though you don’t fall into any of those groups? Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Below I’ve divided the great ways in which to pass time at York during the summer into three categories: sports, arts and fun with friends. Read them all — or just look at the sections that interest you!


The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

This wouldn’t be “Pan Ambling” if I didn’t mention the biggest sporting event of the summer – the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!

A rendering of a bustling Pan Am Stadium.
What a fun and special way to pass the time! Image source.

While events are taking place across the GTA from July 10 to 26 and August 7 to 15, I personally find it exciting that many events will be happening on our very own campus, both at the Rexall Centre and the newly built CIBC Pan Am Stadium!

Some events that you might want to catch include:

  • Pan Am Track & field from July 21 to 25, including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m, 400m hurdles, 3,000m steeplechase, pole vault, high jump, lump jump, triple jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, hammer throw, women’s 100m hurdles, women’s heptathlon, men’s 110 m hurdles and men’s decathlon (whew — just listing them all makes me tired!). For more details, please view the Pan Am Ticketing Guide.
  • Pan Am Tennis from July 10 to 16
  • Parapan Am Opening Ceremony  on August 7
  • Parapan Am Athletics from August 10 to 14, including numerous events in running, wheeling, jumping and throwing (all events are listed in the Parapan Am Ticketing Guide).

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I’ve committed myself to attending at least one event for both the Pan Am and the Parapan Am Games. I haven’t made my final decision yet, but I’m leaning towards the throwing events or shorter-distance sprint/wheel events; they seem pretty high action! Which events are you excited about?

Rogers Cup

An image of Rexall Centre
This stadium will be filling up fast in only a couple of months! Image source.

The Games aren’t the only major sporting event to be taking place on campus. The annual Rogers Cup, this year from August 8 to 16, will be hosting the women’s tennis events at York’s Rexall Centre. Famous tennis athletes such as Serena and Venus Willams, Ana Ivanovic, and Eugenie Bouchard will all be competing.

Play it up by catching a game with a date!



I am still surprised every time I am reminded that we have an art gallery on campus — how cool is that? Our Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is located in the Accolade East Building. Entrance is free, which is always a great plus, especially for students trying to be mindful about their budget. The AGYU also runs outdoor sculpture tours across campus during the summer. They meet on Tuesdays at noon, and the walk lasts roughly an hour. What a great way to get more familiar with campus while enjoying some great sculpted art!

A shot of a previous art installation at York's AGYU.
A previous installation, “The Saskatchewan Paintings” by Landon Mackenzie, at the AGYU. Image source.

For regular visits, the gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (open late on Wednesdays until 8:00 pm). You can also visit on Sundays from noon until 5:00 pm.

Glendon Photography Day Trip

Newly admitted Lions (hi!), you might be surprised to learn that York has not one but TWO campuses; I know I was. While Keele campus is pretty spectacular from my experience, Glendon is downright gorgeous. Many a stunning photograph have been taken at this picturesque location, so why not take a little day trip to Glendon to snap one or two for yourself?

An image of Glendon manor.
It’s almost too beautiful to be true! Image source.

Current York students, as long as you have your YU card, you can save on TTC fares by taking the Summer shuttle from Vari Hall to Glendon for free!

Fun with Friends

Picnic and Frisbee in the Common

We don’t need to put a lot of thought into having a fun hangout with friends, do we? Why not have a simple picnic and game of Frisbee in the Harry W. Arthurs Common, the quaint area just in front of Vari Hall? You could also bring some fun board games to enjoy, or just soak up the sun!

A shot of Harry W. Arthurs Common in front of Vari Hall.
Lots of shade and sun, the perfect mix for food and play! Image source.

Winter in June

I know most of us are trying to move away from all things winter with the weather being so nice and all, but hear me out and consider at least one winter activity that makes for a super fun get-together no matter the time of year.

A picture of Canlan Ice Sports on campus.
Summer skating anyone? Image source.

If you have a large group of friends, why not consider chipping in for an hour of ice time at Canlan Ice Sports located at the north side of campus? Or, if you don’t mind sharing the ice with others, join in on a weekly public skate for only $4! Not only does it mix things up a bit, but the air-conditioning will keep you cool even on the hottest summer days.

There you have it, six great ways, among countless others, to enjoy York University’s campus this summer. I’ll be doing a few of these myself, but what about you? What other fun activities will you enjoy on campus this summer? Chat with me below or by tweeting @yorkustudents!



Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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  • Megan

    Hi Rebecca!

    Thank you for your kind words and I hope you enjoy the public skate this summer – it’s definitely something I’d love to try this summer too 🙂

  • rmangra

    Great ideas, Megan! I’m definitely going to try out the public skate at Canlan.

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