Monday, June 22, 2015

Upcoming Canada Day 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 is Canada's 148th birthday and the midweek celebrations are happening all around Toronto and include parades and fireworks! Mel Lastman Square has the Zero Gravity Circus starting at 5:00pm, followed by reggae artist Jay Douglas and the Allstars, a salsa group and fireworks at 10:15pm.

Broadlands Community Centre and Park has a low key event from 1:30 to 4:00pm. Scarborough will party in Thomson Park from 10:00am to 4:00pm starting with a free pancake breakfast and also host an annual Canada Day parade from the Civic Centre on Brimley Road to Lawrence Avenue East from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

Fireworks displays will also be held at Milliken Park, Stan Wadlow Park, Centennial Park, Amesbury Park and Ashbridges Bay at dusk.

More of the City's celebrations and associated road closures are detailed in the following press release after the jump.

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.

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

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

Members of the public are not allowed to light fireworks or consume alcohol in City of Toronto parks. More information is available at

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 Water quality reports for local beaches are available at

All five City golf courses will be open and offer holiday rates on July 1. More information about hours and location is available at

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:

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.

Todmorden Mills
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.

Canada Day events with road closures in Toronto

Several special events in Toronto on the Canada Day holiday (Wednesday, July 1) will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at and more information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at

Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Bloor Street will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Canada Day celebration at Mel Lastman Square
The southbound lanes of Yonge Street between North York Boulevard and Park Home Avenue will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 fromnoon to 11 p.m. The full closure of Yonge Street in that block will be in effect on July 1 from 7 to 11 p.m.

East York's Canada Day
The following road closures for East York's Canada Day celebrations will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 1.
• Cosburn Avenue from Cedarvale Avenue to Oak Park Road
• Virginia Avenue from Cedarvale Avenue to Cosburn Avenue
• Gledhill Avenue from Holborne Avenue to Cosburn Avenue

Canada Day parade in Scarborough
• Brimley Road will be closed from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 for the area's Canada Day parade.
• Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 to 5 p.m.

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