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May 18, 2012
City offering family activities on Victoria Day long weekend
The City of Toronto encourages local residents to make the most of Victoria Day on Monday, May 21 by taking advantage of the City's attractions and recreational activities. Many recreation and heritage facilities will be open. Details follow.

Victoria Day Fireworks
The City of Toronto will present a sparkling display of Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay Park on Monday, May 21 at 9:30 p.m.

Ashbridge’s Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. Members of the public are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.

City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City park. Enforcement officers will be on site to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event.

Toronto's five municipal golf courses are reasonably priced, conveniently located within city boundaries, and easily accessible by TTC. Each course has its own features that appeal to golfers at all levels of ability, with CPGA-certified instruction available. More information is available at

Riverdale Farm
The perfect destination for families, Riverdale Farm is located at 201 Winchester St. Tour the farm’s scenic grounds to see cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and cats. While you’re there, visit the residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m daily and admission is free. More information is available at

High Park Zoo
Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo is home to both domestic and exotic animals, including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily to visitors from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at

Far Enough Farm
Far Enough Farm is home to a number of different animals including horses, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, peacocks and emus, and is located next to Toronto's Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island. Admission is free and the farm is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at

Toronto Island Park
Catch a ferry to Toronto Island Park ($7 return for adults, $4.50 for seniors and students; $3.50 for children age 14 and under and free for children younger than two) for a scenic picnic, hike or bike ride, or visit the interactive Franklin Children's Garden. More information is available at

A wide variety of 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. Admission is free. More information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.

Discovery Walks
Residents can explore their city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 11 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the walks are designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features as well as cultural and historical attractions. Brochures and maps are available for pickup at civic centres or by visiting

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
To celebrate Victoria Day, Fort York National Historic Site will be holding activities for the whole family to enjoy, including tours of the site, an authentic War of 1812 soldiers' drill in which children can participate, and the opportunity to learn how to bake in a historic kitchen. Victoria Day opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No registration is required and the Victoria Day activities are free with regular admission. Regular admission: adults $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, children $3.76 (plus tax). Children five years and under are free. Parking is available.

Colborne Lodge (located at the south end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive)
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Queen Victoria's ascension to the throne, Colborne Lodge is holding a special family scavenger hunt. Families will also be able to enjoy traditional sandwiches in the style of that time period. Victoria Day weekend opening hours: Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from noon to 5 p.m. Victoria Day activities are free with regular admission. Regular admission: adults $5.71, seniors $2.62, youth $3.54, children $2.65 (plus tax). Limited free parking is available.

Montgomery's Inn (4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue)
Celebrate Victoria Day with a traditional afternoon tea fit for a Queen. The afternoon tea will be held on Monday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. and is $10 a person plus tax. The cost includes a guided tour of Montgomery's Inn. All ages are welcome and seating is first come, first served.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens (285 Spadina Road)
Over the Victoria Day long weekend, Spadina Museum will be offering a new interactive tour for children, called "It's a Kid's Life." The tour includes hands-on games and will teach children what it was like to be a child living in the 1920s and '30s in Toronto. Tour times are 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m over the long weekend. Victoria Day weekend opening hours: Saturday May, 19, Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21 from noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission: adults: $7.96, seniors: $4.76, youth: $5.75 children: $4.87 (plus tax).

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the City has a special web page, summarizing past visits to Toronto by Queen Elizabeth II as a Princess and later as the Queen. The web page is available at

Details about the official visit by the Royal Couple, Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Toronto on May 21 and May 22, is available on the Canadian Heritage website:

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will operate on holiday service on Victoria Day, with most routes starting at 6 a.m. For holiday service details, call the customer information line in advance of the holiday at 416-393-4636 or visit

City of Toronto offices will be closed on the Victoria Day holiday. All City emergency services and 24-hour operations will be provided during the holiday. Residents can call 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more information about City services.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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