City of Toronto's long-weekend activities include Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park |
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The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 22, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park. Many family attractions, including two historic sites, a farm and other facilities will be open, however City-operated recreation centres will be closed and recreation programs across the city will not operate that day. Toronto Island Park continues to be closed to the public until further notice due to flooding.
The City of Toronto will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10 p.m. on May 22. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks with a spectacular finale.
Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service will be increased on the 22 Coxwell and 92 Woodbine South routes for customers attending the fireworks display. The 501 Queen route will be operating on an adjusted schedule during the event from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight. Members of the public are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.
All other TTC service will operate on a holiday schedule on May 22. The TTC website at http://ttc.ca provides information for planning transit trips.
City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City of Toronto park. Enforcement officers will be onsite to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event at Ashbridges Bay Park.
Toronto's five municipal golf courses are located on beautiful parklands and offer early-bird rates. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Victoria Day. More information about City-run golf courses is available at http://toronto.ca/golf.
All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the Victoria Day weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information about public tennis courts is available at http://toronto.ca/tennis.
Splash pads will begin to operate across the city on Saturday, May 20, with a few exceptions at sites under repair or located on outdoor pool decks. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are activated with push-button features. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at these unsupervised water-play areas. Information about splash pad locations, closures and late-opening sites is available at http://bit.ly/1Etsbt1 or by calling 311.
Riverdale Farm is representative of a 19th-century Ontario farm and is home to heritage breeds such as Shorthorn cows, Tamworth pigs and Cotswold sheep. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. On Saturday, May 20 the farm will offer a free sheep-shearing demonstration between 11.30 a.m. and noon. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo, by calling 311 or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RiverdaleFarmToronto/.
High Park Zoo
Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo's spring babies, including Bonnie and Clyde's three capybara babies. This attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo.
Flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288, or by visiting http://toronto.ca/conservatories.
Bike and skate parks
The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, including the new Sunnyside Bike Park. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/bikeparks.
Two of the City's 10 historic sites, Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will offer activities and tours on Victoria Day, Monday, May 22. The remaining sites will be closed. All of the historic sites will be open over the Victoria Day weekend, except for the Market Gallery, which will be closed on Sunday. Admission fees and activities vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
3D TORONTO Sign
The 3D TORONTO Sign in Nathan Phillips Square will take part in the City's "TO Canada with Love" celebrations to honour Canada's 150th birthday. Starting on May 22, the seven 3D letters and Maple Leaf will be animated by a two-minute light sequence at the top of the hour between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly for the remainder of 2017.
City of Toronto Archives
The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will be closed on May 22. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/archives.
Other municipal facilities and services
City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children's Services district offices will be closed on May 22.
Toronto Island Park – closed
Following record levels of rainfall in April and May, Lake Ontario and watershed levels throughout the city continue to rise. Due to the flooding and in order 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.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.