Canada Day in Toronto

Fireworks and Family Fun on July 1st

Canada Day
••• A group of people break into a dance during the Canada Day celebration on the lawn of the Legislative Building at Queen's Park on July 1, 2014 in Toronto,. George Rose/Getty Images

Canada Day is a statutory holiday in Canada and is always celebrated on July 1st. If you're looking for something to do to celebrate Canada's birthday, here are a few of the annual Canada Day events which usually take place every year in Toronto (some are subject to change and/or are weather permitting). This year Canada Day is an even bigger deal since it will be the nation's 150th birthday, so expect even more exciting celebrations across the city and beyond.

 

Canada Day Fireworks Celebrations

Fireworks are a huge part of Canada Day and luckily, there are several options for getting your fireworks fix each year over Canada Day weekend. 

There will be four locations of free, Canada Day fun to celebrate Canada Days! a city-wide celebration in honour of Canada's 150th birthday. The festivities are being held at Nathan Philips Square, Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre and of course, will include fireworks. 

You can also opt to take the family to Downsview Park for a free fireworks display on July 1st. 

Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park

Spend Canada Day by the water in Toronto's east end. Each year you can expect a fun fireworks display that usually starts around 10 p.m. Go earlier in the day with a picnic to enjoy the beach and then stake out your spot for the  big show.

Toronto Ribfest

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke hosts a huge three-day festival in Centennial Park where you can enjoy live music, rides, carnival games and of course a wide selection of ribs and other food.

 Ribfest runs for an extended version of the long weekend with fireworks on Canada Day itself.

Fireworks at Canada's Wonderland

Weather permitting, the giant theme park just north of Toronto puts on a fireworks display on July 1st at approximately 10 p.m. 

Canada Day at Thomson Memorial Park

If you're in Scarborough for Canada Day you can celebrate at Thomson Memorial Park with a full day of family-friendly activities that usually takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There should be kids' activities, live entertainment, various vendors and food trucks on site.

A Canada Day parade takes place at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m. at nearby Milliken Park.

Caledon Canada Day Celebrations

If you feel like getting outside of the city, approximately 40 minutes northwest of Toronto, the Albion Hills Conservation Area offers family-friendly entertainment on July 1st beginning at 4 p.m. with free admission and free parking. Enjoy a magic show, hay rides, live entertainment, food trucks and more, with fireworks at dusk.

Canada Day Weekend at Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Center offers one of the most jam-packed Canada Day celebrations in the city each year. Head down to the waterfront for a free celebration featuring food, a marketplace, plenty of live music and of course, a fireworks display to cap off the party.

Canada Day Cruises

If you feel like doing something extra special for Canada Day or just want to do something a bit different, why not  spend Canada Day on the water? Several companies offer special cruises of the Toronto harbour over the Canada Day weekend, including lunch and dinner cruises, and fireworks cruises coinciding with Harbourfront Centre's fireworks.

Jubilee Queen Cruises
Mariposa Cruises
Nautical Adventures

More Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day at Queen's Park

The south lawn of Queen's Park has free family entertainment, inflatable attractions, food vendors, live performances, carnival games, workshops, face painting and more for Canada Day.

Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village on July 1st to celebrate Canada's birthday like it's 1867, with traditional games, horse drawn wagon rides, music and much more.

Canada Day at Toronto's Historic Museums

Toronto's Historic Museums also make for a memorable way to celebrate Canada Day. Enjoy family activities and special events at Colborne Lodge, Fort York, Mackenzie House, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum or Todmorden Mills.