3 Dazzling Ways To Spend Your Canada Day Long Weekend In Toronto

on June 26, 2013

Fireworks and the Toronto skyline

It’s the first long weekend of the summer and if you are spending Canada Day in Toronto, we have you covered. T.O. has dozens of ways to celebrate Canada’s 146th Birthday. Which one will you choose?

The city’s official celebration is taking place on July 1st at Mel Lastman Square in North York. Live music and performances, including dancers and acrobats, are scheduled throughout the day. Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm.

Here’s a list of other things to do in Toronto on the Canada Day long weekend:


Ashbridges Bay Park – fireworks light up the sky starting at approximately 9:30pm.

Canada’s Wonderland, located in Vaughan (just north of the city), always has a fireworks display ready to go on July 1st  (weather-permitting). The park also has a special offer for all Canadian Forces personnel (active or retired), for a complementary admission to the park from June 28-July 1.

Downsview Park has a free fireworks display beginning at dusk (around 10-10:30pm).


Pride Toronto celebrations are in full-swing, with tons of events, including a three-day street festival (June 28-30), and the 33rd Annual Pride Parade taking place on Sunday June 30.

The Digital Dreams Music Festival takes place June 29-30 at The Flats at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

Toronto Ribfest June 28-July 1, at Centennial Park in Etobicoke has and a day full of live music, rides and games and of course ribs, ribs and more ribs (including halal options). Fireworks also on July 1st.

The Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic Taking place at Exhibition Place, the largest free multicultural picnic in the world has rides, entertainment, shopping, the Miss & Mr. CHIN Bikini Competitions, a beer garden, petting zoo, and more. Runs June 29-July 1.

Harbourfront Centre has three days of Canada Day weekend celebrations, featuring food and culturally diverse performances and entertainment. Fireworks here are on the night of Sunday June 30.

East York July 1st Parade For over 50 years, the East York Canada Day has taken over the streets on East York. It begins with a motorcade at 9:30am, followed by a festival and performances, and topped off with fireworks at 10:15pm.

Canada Day at Queen’s Park The lawn outside Ontario’s Legislature has free family and cultural entertainment, “outrageous ostriches,” as well as a taste of Ontario’s locally grown foods. Starts at noon with a 21-gun salute and runs until 5pm.


The Toronto Blue Jays will be taking on the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre, and the first 20,000 fans to enter will receive a replica red Blue Jays Cap. Game starts at 1:07pm.

Canada Day Cruises are available on both June 30 and July 1, through several companies, including Jubilee Queen Cruises, Nautical Adventures, and Mariposa Cruises (including the less expensive Oriole experience, just to watch the fireworks from the inner harbour).

Black Creek Pioneer Village celebrates Dominion Day with traditional games, horse drawn wagon rides for the kids and traditional ales for the grown-ups. Welcome 40 of Canada’s newest citizens on this special day at their swearing in ceremony.

Canada Day at Toronto’s Historic Museums Colborne Lodge, Fort York, Gibson House, Mackenzie House, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum and Todmorden Mills all have special Canada Day activities.

And check out the 129th annual Dominion Day Regatta at Toronto’s Centre Island.

Fireworks & Toronto skyline photo by Dmitri1999. Front page photo by George Socka.

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