Although Ottawa is, bar none, the best place to celebrate Canada Day, Toronto is no slouch in the festivities department:
- 8:00 pm, Mel Lastman Square — The official City of Toronto celebration. A concert and fireworks to music
- 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, East York’s Stan Wadlow Park — lots of games, music, eats, exhibits, and fireworks
- 10:00 am to 5:00pm, Fort York — Fort York Summer Guard, perform musket and artillery drill as well as fife and drum music
- 11:00 am, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood — parade and picnic
- 11:00 am to noon, Chinese Railroad Workers Monument, North Linear Park, west of Skydome — honour the over 4,000 Chinese who lost their lives during construction of the railroad
- 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, Toronto Zoo — celebrate Canada Day with the animals, bipedal and quadrapedal alike
- 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Queen’s Park — the dignified celebration with a 21-gun salute
- 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Black Creek Pioneer Village — 30 people become Canadians, crafts, games, music, and more
- 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Downsview Park — free activities and entertainment, buskers at night, huge fireworks in the sky
- Noon to 5:00 pm, Mackenzie House — explore the editorial cartoons and media influence of the Confederation debate of the 1860s — those cartoonists pulled no punches! I love this small treasure of old Toronto on Bond Street.
- Noon to 6:00 pm, Kew Garden Park — kids games, live entertainment
- Noon to 10:00 pm, Centennial Park — ribfest!And fireworks too.
- 12:30 pm, CHIN International Picnic — a very packed picnic at the CNE’s Better Living Centre
- 5:00 pm to 9:45 pm, Harbourfront Centre — from Jackie Richardson to the Great Canadian Campfire Song Circle to Martha Wainwright, and much more
- 10:30 pm, Ontario Place — the must-see fireworks to end the happy day on a glorious note
And if all the isn’t enough of a selection, click on this PDF schedule provided by the city for more options.
Happy Canada Day!!!