Top 5 Canada Day Activities in Toronto

Toronto Life

Canada Day is celebrated in Toronto by a plethora of events and activities throught the city. Don't miss at least one of the top 5 that we recommend!

Canadian Flag by Franco Folini
Canadian Flag by Franco Folini

1. Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square

Mel Lastman Square has a variety of exciting shows and events starting as early as 5 p.m. this Canada Day. There will be cultural music and dancing, coffee tastings, performances by magicians and much more. There will also be special appearances by rock soul songstress Saidah Baba Talibah as well as The Slakadeliqs with Justin Nozuka. And for the big finale there will of course be fireworks. Finish Canada Day off right by checking out the jaw-dropping display of lights at 10:15 p.m.

2. The Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic

The world’s largest multicultural picnic is taking place June 30th through to July 2nd at Exhibition Place. There are a variety of cultural festivals going on at all hours of the day which will open your eyes to fun forms of music and dance. There will also be a shopping bazaar for all those shop-a-holics out there as well as rides and games for the kids. And to finish things off you can check out a performance by Toronto’s own Shawn Desman at 7 p.m. on Monday. The event will be open from 11 a.m. until around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. for all three days so you have plenty of opportunities to catch the excitement!

3. Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village

For a truly unique July 1st experience, consider paying a visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village. Start your afternoon off with a quaint horse-drawn wagon ride and then enjoy the rare opportunity of witnessing 30 individuals become Canadian citizens. Whether you want to learn more about what Canada was like in 1867, enjoy some time at the farm, take a historic brewery tour or try out some fun family activities — Black Creek Pioneer Village is sure to provide you with a Canada Day experience you won’t forget.

4. Canada Day at Fort York

For a great day trip to get your Canada Day started right, visit Fort York. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. the historic site will be offering tours of the barracks, the officers’ quarters and the kitchen. You can also catch the guards demonstrating traditional soldiering, musket firing, artillery and music. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the glorious weather offered by the 1st day of July.

5. Fireworks at your local park

Parks all over the city are holding elaborate fireworks for you and your friends and family to enjoy. Attending a publicly run fireworks display is far safer than doing one yourself and the results are sure to be a whole lot grander. Whether you live in the downtown core or East, West or North of Toronto — there is sure to be a fireworks display being held near you.

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July 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm
Peter Mykusz says:
Canada Day Fireworks at Mel Lastman Square, July 1, 2013.
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