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June 25, 2013
Toronto helping residents celebrate Canada Day
The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day and celebrate Canada's 146th birthday in Toronto on Monday, July 1.

"Canada Day is a wonderful annual occasion for our country," said Mayor Rob Ford. "This July 1, the City of Toronto and many community groups will offer residents and visitors a wide range of community events and activities across the city in celebration of Canada Day. Please join in next Monday as Torontonians enjoy the holiday and proudly mark this great occasion for Canada."

The City will present a show celebrating Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square on Monday, July 1 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. On stage, world-champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig will be followed by dance company Northbuck Krumping. Zero Gravity Circus will present its Open Air Big Top featuring aerial acrobatics at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. She King will perform at 8 p.m., followed at 9:15 p.m. by Juno-award-winning singer/songwriter Derek Miller.

The Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square will conclude with fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

City parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads will be open on Canada Day, as will several of the City's historic sites. Most community centres will be closed on July 1, but some community centres in parks hosting Canada Day events will allow public entry for basic services.

All five City golf courses will be open at holiday rates (weather permitting). Rates vary among the courses. The courses and locations:
- 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

All City of Toronto outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads will be open on July 1. Swimming pool schedules are available at Water quality reports for local beaches are available at

A summary of Toronto's Canada Day activities in parks follows by geographic area. More details are available online where noted, and the public can also call 311 for information.

Scarborough’s 46th annual Canada Day celebration will be held in Thomson Park (1005 Brimley Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. This free event will include a free pancake breakfast, buskers, bouncy inflatables, entertainment and a craft show/sale. Thomson Park Memorial Museum will be open, and hot-air balloon rides will be offered. Seniors can also participate in a slo-pitch softball game. More information about this free event is available by calling 416-338-1968.

The annual Canada Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Avenue East and Brimley Road at about 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 416-396-4069. The parade is sponsored by Metroland Media Toronto. Admission is free.

A free fireworks display at Milliken Park (Steeles Road and McCowan Road) will begin at dusk. For more information, call 416-396-7757.

The Old Style Community Picnic will be held at the Broadlands Community Centre and Park (19 Castlegrove Blvd.) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. This free event is hosted by the O’Connor Hills Ratepayers Association in conjunction with Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division. Activities include face painting, games, clown entertainment and folk singing. More information is available at 416-395-7966.

South and Central
The annual Canada Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park (Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue) is presented by North Star Fireworks. The free fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. Residents who are planning to attend are encouraged to leave personal vehicles at home and use public transit instead.

Hosted by East York Toronto Canada Day Corporation in co-operation with Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division, East York’s 56th annual Canada Day parade motorcade will start at the East York Town Centre (45 Overlea Blvd.) at 9:30 a.m. The motorcade will then make its way to Dieppe Park, where the marching bands will start at 10 a.m. The motorcade will then move east to Stan Wadlow Park, at 888 Cosburn Ave., where the parade is scheduled to finish at about noon.

The celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park will begin at 11 a.m. and finish at 11 p.m. Residents will be able to enjoy live entertainment and a display of antique cars. 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. Admission is free.

The 14th annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.) throughout the Canada Day long weekend from June 29 to July 1 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with 16 professional ribbers. There will be live music and midway rides, and a spectacular Canada Day fireworks display at 10 p.m. on July 1. Admission and parking are free. More information:

The annual Canada Day free event at Amesbury Park (1507 Lawrence Ave. W.) will start at 10 a.m. Activities include a pancake brunch, barbecue, live entertainment, marketplace, strongman’s competition and activities for children, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. More information:

Reminder about parks: Members of the public are not allowed to set off fireworks in City of Toronto parks. Alcohol is not permitted in Toronto parks.

Canada Day at Toronto Historic Sites
Several of the City's 10 historic sites will offer Canada Day programming on July 1.

Fort York
Canada Day activities at Fort York, the birthplace of urban Toronto, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fort's guard will perform a musket-and-artillery drill and fife-and-drum music. Kids can engage in craft-making, face-painting, hula-hooping and storytelling. Temporary tattoos and Canadian flags will be available. Visitors can picnic on Fort York's green space and tour this National Historic Site. At the Mackenzie House table, visitors can print a Canada Day souvenir on the historic proof press and pick up information about Mackenzie House's programs. A guided walk in the Fort York historic district will begin at 1 p.m.

This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Fort York is located at 250 Fort York Blvd. Directions during the current construction of a new visitor centre:

Scarborough Museum
Canada Rocks at Scarborough Museum will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 1. Visitors can play croquet, take part in a pie-eating contest, sample treats from historic recipes, pick up a Canadian flag and enjoy a piece of Happy Birthday Canada cake. Visitors can also join in the Canada Day fun at Thomson Memorial Park. Scarborough Museum and Thomson Memorial Park are located at 1007 Brimley Rd. just north of Lawrence Avenue. This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens
Spadina Museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Canada Day, featuring a themed tour called "Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars" at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Visitors will see the history of Toronto through the eyes of the Austin family, whose members made what is now Spadina Museum their home. The museum is located at 285 Spadina Rd. next door to Casa Loma, where paid parking is available. Regular admission applies.

Colborne Lodge
In High Park, Colborne Lodge will have an information and activity table from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the Canada Day celebration in High Park hosted by Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale-High Park. The free event will feature live music, refreshments and children's activities.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Todmorden Mills will be involved in Monday's Canada Day celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park. The public will be able to learn about Todmorden's connections to the history of East York, see a collection of 19th-century toys and create a craft.

More information about these and other events at the City of Toronto Historic Sites is available at

City services on Canada Day
City of Toronto offices - including customer-service counters/kiosks - will be closed on Monday, July 1.

Toronto’s long-term care homes will remain open on Canada Day - Monday, July 1.

City child-care centres and the City of Toronto Archives will be closed on July 1.

All City emergency services and 24-hour operations will be provided as usual on Canada Day, July 1. For emergency response, call 911.

The City's 311 information service will be operating as usual.

More information about the City of Toronto:

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.

Media Contact
Nancy Aranha
Strategic Communications, City of Toronto



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