How Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden would spend a perfect Saturday in Trinity-Bellwoods

How Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden would spend a perfect Saturday in Trinity-Bellwoods

My Perfect Saturday: Adam van Koeverden (Illustration by Adam Cruft)
 

“At around 7 a.m., I’ll hop on my bike and ride along Bathurst to Thor Coffee (35 Bathurst St., 416-451-8736). Patrick, the barista, makes me a hit-and-run combo—an espresso to drink there and an americano to go. I’ll ride to the Argonaut Rowing Club (1225 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-532-2803) and get on my kayak. I’ll either paddle along the waterfront to just past the Molson Amphitheatre or up the Humber River, depending on the wind. Sometimes I see tall ships. There’s quite a bit of wildlife along the Humber; I never thought I’d see a beaver in the city. Later, I’ll visit Trinity Bellwoods Park (155 Crawford St.) and take my Lab-Bernese cross, Michael, for a walk. I go to Rotate This (801 Queen St. W., 416-504-8447) to discover new music. I’ve played guitar for fun for years, and I bought my Fender Telecaster down the street at Capsule Music (921 Queen St. W., 416-203-0202). I’ll have a pint of Saint Andre at the Old York Bar and Grill (167 Niagara St., 416-703-9675). They make me feel like a local and, incidentally, have the best French fries in the city—they could have a fry-off with Jamie Kennedy. At night, I’ll take my mom for oysters at Swan (892 Queen St. W., 647-977-6424), where they also have a nice menu of fish specials. I’m really into Ontario wines, and they have a great selection.”