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Canada Day in Toronto

Fireworks and Family Fun on July 1st


Toronto ribfest mascot photo

An inflatable pig at Toronto Ribfest 2008 has a birthday wish for Canada.

Marilyn Campbell

Canada Day is a statutory holiday in Canada and is always celebrated on July 1st. Here are a few of the annual Canada Day events which usually take place every year in Toronto (some are subject to change and/or are weather permitting):

Canada Day Fireworks Celebrations

Free Canada Day Concert and Fireworks at Mel Lastman Square
The City of Toronto hosts a free outdoor concert followed by a fireworks display in Mel Lastman Square in North York.

Fireworks at Downsview Park
Take the family to Downsview Park for a free fireworks display on July 1st.

Toronto Ribfest
The Rotary Club of Etobicoke hosts this huge festival in Centennial Park. Enjoy live music, rides, carnival games and of course a wide selection of ribs and other food! Ribfest runs for an extended version of the long weekend with fireworks on Canada Day itself.

Fireworks at Canada's Wonderland
Weather permitting, the giant theme park just north of Toronto puts on a fireworks display on July 1st at approximately 10pm.

Caledon Canada Day Celebrations
Approximately 40 minutes northwest of Toronto, the Albion Hills Conservation Area offers family-friendly entertainment on July 1st beginning at 4pm with free admission. Enjoy magic, hay rides, a petting zoo, pedal boat and canoe rentals and more, with fireworks at dusk.

Canada Day Weekend at Harbourfront Centre
A free celebration featuring food, a marketplace and plenty of live music. In 2013, there will be a "Canada Eve" fireworks display on Sunday June 30.

More Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day Cruises
If you'd like to spend Canada Day on the water, several companies offer special cruises of the Toronto harbour on the Canada Day weekend, including lunch and dinner cruises, and fireworks cruises coinciding with Harbourfront Centre's fireworks (on June 30).
Jubilee Queen Cruises
Mariposa Cruises
Nautical Adventures

Canada Day at Queen's Park
The south lawn of Queen's Park has free family entertainment, inflatable attractions, carnival games, face painting and more.

Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village on July 1st for a Dominion Day celebration with traditional games, horse drawn wagon rides and more.

The Annual CHIN International Picnic
Head to Exhibition Place for midway rides, entertainment, a shopping bazaar, the Miss CHIN Bikini and Mr. CHIN Bikini Competitions, a beer garden and more.

Canada Day at Toronto's Historic Museums
Enjoy family activities at Colborne Lodge, Fort York, Mackenzie House, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum or Todmorden Mills.

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