How does one celebrate a 150th birthday? With the biggest fireworks, lots of music, 150-layer cake, street performers and a 19th century carnival to top it all off! Oh, and did we mention the world’s largest Rubber Duck?!
Put on your best red-and-whites and take your family to any of these Canada Day Events in Toronto to celebrate our magnificent nation’s anniversary in the most Canadian way possible!
For those of you who’d like to stay in the city core and honour a long tradition of celebrations, Canada Day at Queen’s Park is your event!
There will be family friendly activities all day long. The day will start with a citizenship ceremony, followed by an official opening ceremony and 21-gun salute, and continue with multiple musical performances, two children’s shows (“The Little Prince” and “Cinderella”), craft workshops, face painting, board games, yoga, pow wow drum dance and much more! The legislative building will open its doors for visitors and there will be a variety of food vendors and a water station on site.
This would definitely make for a fun day of celebrations for the whole family!
For a more traditional touch, celebrate Canada Day at Fort York!
The birthplace of urban Toronto will celebrate our nation’s birthday with a free, daylong, all-ages celebration packed with family-friendly activities, demonstrations, tours and performances. The Fort York Summer Guard, dressed as members of the Canadian Fencible Regiment (circa 1815), will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy a drill activity, music classes, a scavenger hunt, and hula-hooping. The Fort’s volunteer historic cooks group will demonstrate period-specific cooking methods and recipes in the historic kitchen—allowing visitors to see, hear and taste what life must have been like for the Fort’s early 19th century inhabitants.
If the waterfront is your family’s favorite spot – join Redpath’s celebrations for Canada’s 150th!
The Royal Canadian Navy brings a 440-foot naval frigate, Rhythm of the Nation entertains, the West Coast Lumberjack Show amazes you with feats of prowess and the World’s Largest Rubber Duck floats into the harbour! Complete with music, crafts, temporary tattoos, yoga, face painting and more, the whole family will find something to enjoy. Hang out with Live Green’s mascot, Woody and celebrate Canada 150 with a day of fun, interactive and educational activities.
For fun-loving families who’d like to experience the excitement of 19th century!
Join the Black Creek Pioneer Village celebrations where performers will juggle fire, attempt daring feats of strength and amaze you with unbelievable magic tricks. There will be musicians, theatrical performances, carnival games and pop-up exhibits which highlight the fads sweeping the (new) nation.
Join TRCA Archaeology in “Digging up the Past” as they uncover the buried history of Black Creek Pioneer Village or laugh out loud as the History Actors present the story of Confederation. Explore the village and discover what life was like when Canada became a country.
If you are east-enders, this is the place to be on July 1st!
The Canada Day Celebrations at East York will start with a parade winding its way through the streets beginning at Dieppe Park at 10am and ending at Woodbine and Cosburn Ave. When the parade is over the celebrations continue in Stan Wadlow Park.
There will be a variety of displays and booths in the park that highlight the various groups and organisations in the East York area. For some extra splash – the city pool and splash pad will be opened. Check out the fun carnival rides in the park’s lower flats and the variety of food vendors, while local talent performs on the stage. The event concludes with a fireworks display that has been described as being as close to exploding starbursts as one can get!
City’s west-enders who enjoy festivities with a slightly “classier” touch – this is the celebration for you!
Enjoy a cool homemade iced tea on the new patio of this 1840s-era inn, as part of a special Canada Day menu featuring a pinwheel sandwich tea plate, finished with a celebratory Canada 150 layer cake. The day will include children’s activities, historic cooking and hand-churned strawberry ice cream in the historic kitchen. At 2 p.m., volunteer Marda Robinson will kick off the Canada 150 celebrations with a special introduction to the Inn before visitors take a tour of the site to discover more about how the building is being re-presented to celebrate its significant survival as a reminder of Etobicoke’s history.
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at Canada Days – perfect for families with teenagers!
The Nathan Phillips Square events will bring Canada’s rich cultural fabric to life through an incredible mix of music, dance, circus, and street arts.
The dynamic music program features two stages showcasing current urban, indie, roots, pop and world music by emerging and established artists from across the city, all regions of the country, and around the world – reflecting Toronto’s kaleidoscopic character, cultural diversity and creative energy.
A hospitality area offering food and beverage will be available for the public throughout the day. A nightly fireworks show will end the evening at 10:55 pm.
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