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Fireworks at the CN Tower, Toronto | © Tibor Kovacs / Flickr
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10 Things to Do Over Canada Day Weekend 2017 in Toronto

Picture of Emily Paskevics
Updated: 2 June 2017
Canada Day is a statutory holiday that marks the anniversary of July 1, 1867, which was the enactment of the Constitution Act that united the colonies of northern North America into a single dominion, after hundreds of years of French and then British colonization. This year, Canada Day celebrations promise to be particularly extravagant to mark the 150th anniversary of the Constitution Act. Here are 10 of the best events taking place in Toronto where you can experience Canada Day fun and festivities.

Canada Day Fireworks

Saturday, July 1st

Fireworks are an essential part of Canada Day across the country, and there are many displays at multiple locations across the city. Some of the most striking fireworks will be at the waterfront areas, including the Harbourfront, Ashbridges Bay Park, and Humber Bay Park West.

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ashbridges Bay Park, 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON, Canada

Humber Bay Park West, 2225 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON, Canada

Canada Day fireworks
Canada Day fireworks | © Chris Brooker/ Flickr

Canada Days!

Friday, June 30th – Monday, July 3rd

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program in order to celebrate Canada Days! This citywide celebration will hold festivities at four locations across Toronto, including a four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square (June 30th – July 3rd), and one-day events at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West, and Scarborough Civic Centre (all on July 1st).

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Humber Bay Park West, 2225 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON, Canada

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON, Canada

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Canada Day Weekend at Harbourfront Centre

Friday, June 30th – Monday, July 3rd

There’s always a lot going on at Harbourfront Centre all summer long, and for Canada Day, there’s even more to enjoy. This year there will be live music, fireworks, food, a marketplace, and more—and it’s all for free. Their “Our Home on Native Land” program will showcase the music and stories of Indigenous and newcomer Canadians.

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Redpath Waterfront Festival

Saturday, July 1st – Monday, July 3rd

Redpath Waterfront Festival has the theme of #CanuckItUp this year, and its celebrations will include an interactive dance and music performance by well-known street artist DJ Creeasian, the West Coast Lumberjack Show, the Waterfront Artisan Market, and more.

Toronto Waterfront, 20 Bay St, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Toronto Ribfest

Friday, June 30th – Monday, July 3rd

Etobicoke’s Rotary Club hosts the huge three-day festival known as Ribfest in Centennial Park, offering rides, carnival games, live music, and a range of ribs and other food. Ribfest runs for the long weekend, and there will be a fireworks show on Canada Day itself.

Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke, ON, Canada

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Canada Day at Thomson Memorial Park

Saturday, July 1st

In the city’s east end, Canada Day celebrations take place in Scarborough’s Thomson Memorial Park. Family-friendly events will run all day, complete with live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, and kids’ activities.

Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON, Canada

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Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Saturday, July 1st

Just north of the city, Black Creek Pioneer Village will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday like it’s 1867, offering traditional games, horse-drawn wagon rides, music, and more good old-fashioned fun.

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York, ON, Canada, +1 416 736 1733

Canada Day at Toronto’s Historic Sites

June – December 2017

Toronto’s Historic Sites are also hosting history-focused Canada Day celebrations that are fun for the whole family, including special events at Fort York, Mackenzie House, Colborne Lodge, Spadina Museum, Scarborough Museum, and Todmorden Mills.

Various Locations

Canada Day celebrations
Canada Day celebrations | © Ryan Tir/ Flickr
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Canada Day Celebrations in Caledon

Saturday, July 1st

If you’d prefer to head out of the city to celebrate, you can head 40 minutes northwest of Toronto to the Albion Hills Conservation Area. On July 1st, you and the family can enjoy a magic show, live entertainment, hayrides, food trucks, and fireworks, with free admission and free parking.

Albion Hills Conservation Area, 16500 Peel Regional Rd 50, Caledon, ON, Canada

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Wonderland’s Celebration Canada

Saturday, July 1st – Monday, July 31st

For the entire month of July, Canada’s largest amusement park will be hosting live entertainment, special events, Canadian eats, and more. You won’t want to miss the fireworks show on Canada Day itself, which is set to an original soundtrack and more than 6,000 brilliant explosions.

Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON, Canada, +1 905 832 7000