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June 23, 2008
Toronto celebrates Canada Day 2008
The City of Toronto will host a wide assortment of events to celebrate Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1, 2008. Toronto residents and visitors are invited to revel in parades, musical entertainment, great food, market places and spectacular fireworks displays all geared to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

North York District:

Canada Day at Gibson House Museum
5172 Yonge St., noon to 5 p.m. Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a journey to the rural community of Willow Dale, circa 1851 at the Gibson House Museum. Experience a taste of the past with homemade ice cream, children’s activities in our Discovery gallery, old-fashioned games on the lawn and samples of nineteenth century cookery from the historic kitchen. Admission is free. Limited free parking. For information: 416-395-7432 or

Old Style Community Picnic
Broadlands Community Centre and Park, 19 Castlegrove Blvd., 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include face painting, games, clown entertainment and folk singing. Admission is free. For information: 416-395-7966.

Toronto and East York District:

Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay
Lake Shore Blvd. E., at the foot of Coxwell Ave. A spectacular fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The public is strongly urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home. Please note that City by-laws prohibit the public from setting off fireworks in the park. Admission is free.

East York’s 51st Annual Canada Day Parade and Celebration
Parade motorcade starts at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Broadview and Danforth Avenues. Marching bands start at Dieppe Park at 10 a.m. and arrive at Stan Wadlow Park by noon. The park opens to the public at 11 a.m. with a craft sale, bingo and community displays. At 11:30 a.m. the amusements and midway area open. Opening ceremonies commence at 12 noon and will be followed by multicultural dancing, entertainment and Winged Wheels (motorcycle show performed by Toronto Police Services). Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

St. James Park
82 Lombard St., 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Multicultural entertainment featuring a Dragon Dance, an Irish Dance troupe, a string quartet and fashion show. Activities include face painting, button making, cupcake decorating and jumping castle. Admission is free. For information: 416-392-1347.

Canada Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
67 Pottery Rd., noon to 4 p.m. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day with us in the Don Valley as we celebrate Canada Day in the Valley. Visit our 19th-century homes, sample treats prepared in our historic kitchens and enjoy activities for children. Adults $5.50, Students and Seniors $2.25, Children 6-12 years $1.50, children 5 yrs. and under are free. Free parking. For information: 416-396-2819 or

Canada Day Fun at Fort York National Historic Site
100 Garrison Rd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a visit to the birthplace of urban Toronto. See the Fort York Guard perform hourly musket drill and artillery demonstrations and hear authentic fife and drum music. Take a guided tour of the fort. Enjoy cooking and dance demonstrations. Kids may practice musket drill with the fort guard. Regular admission applies. Regular Admission: Adults $7.62, Seniors & Youths $3.81, Children $2.86, plus GST. Children 5 years and under are free. Free parking. For more information: or 416-392-6907

Fort York Historic District Walking Tour: Toronto’s Changing Lakefront
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Starting at the canteen at Fort York National Historic Site, this free special walking tour explores the evolution and history of Fort York and the nearby Lake Ontario shoreline. The tour traces the development of the lakefront from the early British colonial era to the present day. Learn about the origins of the fort, the fortification of the harbour, local railway and road building, and the subsequent industrial and recreational development of this vital area. Rain or shine. Free admission to the fort following tour. Free parking.

Canada Day at Mackenzie House
82 Bond St., noon to 5 p.m. “Then let us be firm and united, one country, one flag for all, united in our strength will be freedom, divided, we each of us fall,” wrote Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. On Canada's 141st anniversary, explore the editorial cartoons and media influence of the Confederation debate of the 1860s. Print your own special Confederation souvenir, included with regular admission. Regular Admission: Adults $5.71, Seniors & Youths $2.62, Children $2.38, plus GST. For information: or 416-392-6915.

Scarborough District:

Scarborough’s 41st Annual Canada Day Celebration
1007 Brimley Rd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include free pancake breakfast, skateboarding, giant boxing, youth talent, gladiators, DJ and live entertainment featuring The Spoons with David Leask, the Loretto Reid Band, Robbie Lane and the Disciples and the Sons of Beaches. Enjoy buskers, jumping castles, face painting, pony rides, kids craft area, crafts show and sale, seniors vs. politicians slo-pitch challenge and demonstrations by Scarborough Tennis Federation/Ontario Tennis Association and Thomson Park Club. Admission is free. For information: 416-396-4055.

Forty-first Annual Canada Day Parade
Parade starts at 5 p.m. from the Scarborough Civic Centre, south on Brimley Rd., ending at Lawrence Ave. E. at 6 p.m. Parade features marching bands, drum and bugle corps, Miss Toronto, antique cars, clowns and a variety of floats. For information: 416-396-4055.

Fundraising BBQ at Scarborough Historical Museum
1007 Brimley Rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Scarborough’s celebrations in Thomson Memorial Park. Historic foods to sample including a pie eating contest. Fundraising sales include peameal bacon on a bun and fresh strawberries with ice cream. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Parking will be limited due to the festivities. For information: 416-338-8807 or

Fireworks display at Milliken Park
4325 McCowan Rd. Fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. Please note that City by-laws prohibit the public from setting off fireworks in the park. Admission is free. For information: 416-396-4055.

Etobicoke York District:

Eighth Annual Toronto Ribfest/Canada Day at Centennial Park
56 Centennial Park Rd., activities include live musical entertainment, free airbrush painting, midway rides, shopping area and 14 ribbers from Canada and the USA. The event will conclude at 10 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display. Admission and parking are free. For information:

Twenty-fourth annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park
1565 Lawrence Ave. W., 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Activities include pancake brunch, barbecue live entertainment, marketplace, strongman’s competition, children's activities, spectacular fireworks rain or shine. Admission is free. For information:

Canada Day Celebrations at Weston Lions Park
2125 Lawrence Ave. W., from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Festivities include live entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. For information: 416-392-4093.

Dominion Day at Montgomery’s Inn
4709 Dundas St. W., 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Dominion Day with strawberry ice cream and rhubarb drink in the historic kitchen, tours of the Inn, music, treats in the tea room. $6 including tax. Free parking. For information: or 416-394-8113.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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