Toronto, Jul 1 (Canadian-Media): Canada's 151st birthday would be celebrated on Sunday, July 1, and the City of Toronto will help Torontonians and Toronto visitors celebrate this event by offering numerous City-organized and community-based public events across the city, media reports said.
In addition, six of the City's 10 historic sites will be open, offering various activities on Sunday.
The following statement was issued by Toronto Mayor John Tory:
"I encourage residents and visitors of all ages to get out and enjoy Canada Day in Toronto this weekend," said Mayor John Tory. "The City's wide variety of activities and attractions across Toronto on Sunday are designed for all ages. I will certainly be among the proud Canadians celebrating Canada Day in our great city on July 1."
Mel Lastman Square
Residents are invited to celebrate Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St.) starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. The annual free celebration will feature family-friendly activities, a participatory mural by street artist Rahmaan Hameed and stage performances by R&B artist Shakura S'Aida, Los Poetas, DJ Nino Brown, Pan-Latinx hip hop artists and more. A spectacular fireworks display will follow at 10:30 p.m. More information is available at toronto.ca/canadaday.
There will be a Citizenship Ceremony on July 1 at High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Dr.) at 10 a.m. The event will be open to the public.
Scarborough’s annual Canada Day celebration in Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd.) will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are invited to celebrate at this popular event with live entertainment, activities for the kids, vendors and food trucks, including a Tim's coffee truck that will provide free coffee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A parade featuring bands, antique cars, clowns and floats will begin at 4 p.m. west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road and will end at Lawrence Avenue East at about 5:30 p.m. A fireworks display at Milliken Park (5555 Steeles Ave. E.) will begin at 10 p.m.
South and central Toronto
East York’s annual Canada Day parade will feature marching bands and will begin at Dieppe Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 1. The parade will move east along Cosburn Avenue to Woodbine Avenue and end at Stan Wadlow Park (888 Cosburn Ave.). The celebration will continue at Stan Wadlow Park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live entertainment, a stage show with multicultural dancing and music, a local craft-beer garden, carnival games and vendors. A fireworks display will start at 10 p.m. The park will close at 11 p.m.
The annual Canada Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay (1561 Lake Shore Blvd. E.) will begin at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. Residents planning to attend are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and use public transit.
Note to Media
A media availability to provide information about the Ashbridges Bay fireworks display will be held on Sunday, July 1 at 5 p.m. at the Woodbine Bathing Station located at Lake Shore Boulevard East and Woodbine Avenue.
The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.) on Sunday, July 1. Residents can spend the day and enjoy the picnic areas, playgrounds, the wading pool and seasonal plant displays at the Centennial Park Conservatory. 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 begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 and will feature fun and free activities for children, food trucks, music and a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
The annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park (1507 Lawrence Ave. W.) will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 1 with an assortment of multicultural entertainment, children's activities, a talent search and vendors. There will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. More information is available at amesburycanadaday.ca.
Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square, Centennial Park, Thomson Memorial Park and Milliken Park are presented by Tim Hortons.
Swimming pools, parks and community centres
City of Toronto parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, splash pads and swimming beaches will be open on Sunday, July 1 for Canada Day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed. More information and swimming pool schedules are available at toronto.ca/swim. The status of designated swimming beaches is available at toronto.ca/beaches. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.
All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information about public tennis courts is available at toronto.ca/tennis.
Golf : All five City golf courses will be open and offer holiday rates on Sunday, July 1. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Canada Day. More information about City-run golf courses is available at toronto.ca/golf.
Toronto Island Park
Residents and visitors are invited to experience all that Toronto Island Park has to offer this holiday weekend. This popular summer destination features restaurants, cafés, picnic spots, the Franklin Children's Garden, the William Meany Maze, wading pools, splash pads and bicycle rentals as well as canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals from The Boat House. All swimming beaches on Toronto Island Park are open and lifeguards are on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.
Ferry tickets can be purchased online at toronto.ca/ferry to save time at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located at the foot of Bay Street).
Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead to get the most out of their visit. Information about Toronto Island Park amenities is available at toronto.ca/islands.
Toronto's historic sites
Six of the City's 10 historic sites will be open on Sunday, July 1 with 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 (south end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive) is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 and will have tours throughout the day. Regular admission will apply.
Fort York National Historic Site
(250 Fort York Blvd.) will hold a Canada Day celebration packed with family-friendly activities, demonstrations, tours and performances on Sunday, July 1. The Fort York Guard will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy music classes and a scavenger hunt. Volunteer historic cooks will demonstrate period-specific cooking methods and recipes, allowing visitors to see, hear and taste what life was like for the Fort's early 19th century inhabitants. Admission is free. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Canada's birthday will also be celebrated at Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.), the home of Toronto's first mayor. Visitors can use the 1845 press to print their own maple leaf postcard. Regular admission applies. Mackenzie House will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on July 1.
Montgomery's Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.) will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 with regular "Tea Time at the Inn" service taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Due to ongoing building renovations, admission to the inn and the tea time are by donation.
Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.) will host its annual Canada Day celebration on Sunday, July 1 in Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd.), featuring spinning, weaving and leatherworking demonstrations, historic treats, a vendor market and the annual pie-eating contest. Guests can visit the Scarborough Historical Society Archives tent and browse through archival aerial photos, maps and information about the history of Scarborough. Admission is free. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.) is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 and will have tours throughout the day. Regular admission will apply.
TTC service will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Sunday, July 1. The TTC website at ttc.ca provides information for planning transit trips.
Other municipal facilities and services
City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children's Services district offices will be closed on Sunday, July 1. The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will also be closed on July 1.