he City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day and celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday in Toronto on Wednesday, July 1. City-organized and community events will be held across Toronto for residents of all ages.
Canada Day celebration at Mel Lastman Square, July 1 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.:
Free face-painting by Picasso Painters will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. Zero Gravity Circus presents its Open Air Big Top, featuring aerial acrobats at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Juno-award-nominated reggae artist Jay Douglas and the Allstars will perform at 8 p.m., followed by the salsa group, Toronto’s Lula All Stars at 9:15 p.m. The celebration will conclude with fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
The Old Style Community Picnic will be held at the Broadlands Community Centre and Park, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Activities include face-painting, games, clown entertainment and folk-singing. More information is available by calling 416-395-7966.
Scarborough’s annual Canada Day celebration in Thomson Park will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will include a free pancake breakfast, buskers, bouncy inflatables, entertainment and a craft show and sale. Seniors can participate in a slo-pitch ball game. More information is available by calling 416-392-7611.
The annual Canada Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Avenue East at about 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 416-396-7611.
A free fireworks display at Milliken Park will begin at dusk. More information is available by calling 416-396-7757.
South and Central
East York’s annual Canada Day parade, featuring marching bands, will begin at Dieppe Park at 10 a.m., moving east to Stan Wadlow Park.
The celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and include live entertainment and vendors. The Kiwanis pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m. The fireworks display will start at 10:15 p.m. and the park will close at 11 p.m.
The annual Canada Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay will begin at 10 p.m. Residents who are planning to attend are encouraged to leave vehicles at home and use public transit.
Members of the media wishing to cover the Ashbridges Bay Fireworks event are invited to meet on Wednesday, July 1 at 5 p.m. at the Woodbine Bathing Station (Lake Shore Boulevard East and Woodbine Avenue).
The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park from June 27 to July 1, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with 14 professional ribbers, live music and midway rides. On Canada Day there will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. More information is available at torontoribfest.com.
Canada Day Celebrations at Weston Lions Park (2125 Lawrence Ave. W.) will run from 5 to 10 p.m., concluding with a fireworks display. Festivities include live entertainment, food and activities for children. More information is available by contacting the office of local Councillor Frances Nunziata at 416-392-4091 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park will start at 11 a.m. Activities include a barbecue, live entertainment, marketplace, strongman competition and activities for children, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. More information is available at amesburycanadaday.ca.
Members of the public are not allowed to light fireworks or consume alcohol in City of Toronto parks. More information is available at toronto.ca/parks.
Swimming, Parks and Community Centres
City of Toronto’s parks, beaches, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads are open on Canada Day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed. More information and swimming pool schedules are available at toronto.ca/swim. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.
All five City golf courses will be open and offer holiday rates on July 1. More information about hours and location is available at toronto.ca/golf.
Canada Day at Toronto’s Historic Sites
Seven of the City’s 10 historic sites will offer events, activities and tours on Canada Day. Programming highlights are listed below. Times and activity details will vary by location. More information is available at: toronto.ca/museum-events.
Colborne Lodge (High Park, Colborne Lodge Dr.)
Colborne Lodge will have an information and activity table during the Canada Day celebrations in High Park, hosted by Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale-High Park. This free event includes a citizenship ceremony and features members of the Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Police Service’s mounted unit and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. There will also be kids’ activities, live music, refreshments and a chance to meet local community groups. Colborne Lodge will be open for tours at regular admission costs.
Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Visitors can explore Fort York National Historic Site’s new visitor centre and see the Fort York Guard kick off their summer season with musket firings and demonstrations, guard inspections and fife and drum performances. This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The historic walled Fort area will be closed for a private event.
Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
Visitors can learn more about the role of the media in Confederation, and print a Canada Day souvenir using the museum’s 19th century printing press. Regular admission applies.
Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)
The weekly farmers’ market will be open on Canada Day, though the museum will be closed.
Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
Visitors can try croquet, sample historic foods, try karaoke singing and watch a pie-eating contest. This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
The museum will be open and will have afternoon tours focused on the Austin family, who originally made the Spadina Museum their home. Regular admission applies.
Visitors to Stan Wadlow Park’s free Canada Day festivities can visit the Todmorden Mills table and learn more about the museum’s connections to the history of East York, discover 19th-century toys and create a take-home craft. The museum will be closed.