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July 29, 2013
Holiday fun at Toronto's recreational sites on Simcoe Day
The City of Toronto encourages local residents to make the most of Simcoe Day - Monday, August 5 - by taking advantage of the City's recreational attractions and activities. Many recreational attractions, as described here, will be open on the August 5 civic holiday. Community recreation centres and City offices will be closed that day.

Swimming: Residents can make a splash at the City's 58 outdoor pools, 106 wading pools and 93 splash pads. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Golf: All five City-run golf courses will be open at holiday rates on August 5, weather permitting. Rates vary among the golf courses, which are listed below with phone numbers to call for rates and other information:
Dentonia: 781 Victoria Park, 416-392-2558
Don Valley: 4200 Yonge St., 416-392-2465
Humber Valley: 40 Beattie Ave., 416-392-2488
Scarlett Woods: 1000 Jane St., 416-392-2484
Tam O'Shanter: 2481 Birchmount Rd., 416-392-2547

Riverdale Farm: Riverdale Farm at 201 Winchester St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Simcoe Day. Families can enjoy a self-directed tour and meet the farmer at 11:30 a.m. for a farming demonstration at the lower Francey Barn. Zoo admission and activities are free. More information is available at or by calling 416-392-6794.

High Park Zoo: Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers domestic and exotic animals, and many of them have babies this time of year. The gates open to visitors from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Toronto Islands: Just minutes away from downtown by ferry, the Toronto Islands offer a variety of fun for the whole family. The islands are a great place to walk, roll, cycle, explore and view the city skyline. More information is available at

Greenhouses: A wide variety of flowers are in bloom at Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. The conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information about Allan Gardens is available by calling 416-392-7288 and online at
The conservatory in Centennial Park is closed for repairs.

Shared Path and other Discovery Walks: The Shared Path, the newest of the City's Discovery Walks, features 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 18 kilometres, the walks showcase Toronto's outstanding natural features, as well as cultural and historical attractions. Information and maps are available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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