The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy Canada Day in Toronto and celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at City-organized and community events across the city.
City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.
Four-day Canada Days festival at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3
Beginning this Friday at 5 p.m., Canada Days, a free four-day music festival, will transform Nathan Phillips Square with music, dance, circus arts, food and more. Artists include Barenaked Ladies and Buffy Sainte-Marie on June 30; Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on July 1; dvsn on July 2 and Belly on July 3. A fireworks show will end each evening at 10:55 p.m. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays. The event hashtag is #C150TO.
Canada Days at Humber Bay Park West, Mel Lastman Square and Scarborough Civic Centre on July 1
Also on July 1, beginning at 2 p.m., free Canada Days events will bring Toronto's rich cultural fabric to life in three communities across the city. Residents who attend will experience musical performances, circus arts, dance, food and a fireworks show at 10:55 p.m.
Canada Days is produced by the City in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays. The event hashtag is #C150TO.
Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies at four locations on July 1 – Toronto Stands for Canada
Residents are invited to join one of four Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies offering a special opportunity to reaffirm their Oath of Canadian Citizenship on July 1 at Nathan Phillips Square, Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre. Toronto, along with 17 other communities across the country, will "Stand for Canada" as presented by national sponsor CIBC in partnership with Canadian Heritage. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. The event hashtag is #StandforCanada.
The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.) on July 1. Residents can spend the day at Centennial Park and use picnic areas, playgrounds and a wading pool or stroll around the pond or through the Centennial Park Conservatory, with its seasonal plant displays. There will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.torontoribfest.com.
Canada Day celebrations at Weston Lions Park (2125 Lawrence Ave. W.) on July 1 will run from 5 to 10:30 p.m., with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
The annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park (1507 Lawrence Ave. W.) will start at 9 a.m. with a flea market and an assortment of multicultural entertainment, children's activities, a talent search and vendors. There will be a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. More information is available at http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca.
Swimming pools, parks and community centres
City of Toronto parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, splash pads and some beaches will be open on Canada Day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed, unless permitted for an event. More information and swimming pool schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim. The status of designated swimming beaches is available at http://ow.ly/Grq830cMjPU. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.
Montgomery's Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)
Visitors can enjoy iced tea on the new patio of Montgomery's Inn's. The Canada Day menu will feature a pinwheel sandwich tea plate and a celebratory Canada 150 layer cake. At 2 p.m., a special introduction to the inn will precede a tour where visitors can learn more about how the building is being revitalized. There will also be children's activities, cooking and strawberry ice cream in the historic kitchen.
Toronto Island Park – closed
Following record levels of rainfall in April and May, Lake Ontario and watershed levels throughout the city are higher than normal. Due to the flooding and to ensure the safety of the public and the security of facilities, Toronto Island Park remains closed to the general public and regular ferry service is suspended. This closure includes all beaches, attractions and amenities on the Islands.