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Saturday , 25 March 2017
Happy Canada Day! Here are a few ways to enjoy the holiday.

Happy Canada Day! Here are a few ways to enjoy the holiday.

There’s plenty going on throughout the city, in clubs, parks and on the water, before the fireworks signal the end of another Canada Day.

Canada Day. The first long weekend of summer.

As always, there’s no shortage of things to do on the most popular long weekend of the summer. Here are just a few of the more outdoorsy events—save the brunches and indoor activities for cooler weather.

Canada Day events produced by the city of Toronto start on Sunday at 5 PM at Mel Lastman Square. The emphasis is on international song and dance, with fireworks as the finale. See the complete schedule here.

The city’s Parks and Recreation department also produces a whole range of park-centred events that are great for families, including community picnics (Broadlands Community Centre and Park on Castlegrove Blvd. in the DVP and Lawrence area), parades (the East York Canada Day Parade goes from the East York Town Centre at 45 Overlea Blvd. to Dieppe Park on Cosburn near Greenwood, and on to Stan Wadlow Park on Cedarvale Ave.); antique cars (Stan Wadlow Park); a weekend-long ribfest, with “professional ribbers,” rides and fireworks (Centennial Park in Etobicoke, at Rathburn and Eglinton); and more. See the complete parks and rec Canada Day schedule here.

For fireworks lovers, there are several sites to choose. Ashbridges Bay is probably the most popular, and the crowds will be huge. Others include Canada’s Wonderland, Downsview Park and Mel Lastman Square. See a more complete list of Canada Day fireworks displays here.

The club scene does not ignore the national holiday, not by any means. For the more adventurous there are party cruises—Canada Day Party Cruise on the Aurora Borealis, The Voyage, on Yankee Lady 4 (this one’s on Saturday night, June 30), and the Pirate Cruise on the Empire Sandy, also on Saturday night.

Here’s your chance to be part of a Guiness World Record event: the Mod Club is having an Underwear Party. Makes it easy to dress for the night!

Let’s not forget that this is Pride Week and the Pride Parade, possibly the biggest street party in the city, falls on Canada Day this year. Parades starts at 2 PM on Bloor at Church, proceeds down Yonge to Gerard and back over to Church.

See a complete list of club parties and other fun events for the weekend here.

The Toronto Jazz Festival is on through the weekend too. Sunday is the last day for street jazz till the Beaches Jazz Festival in about three weeks, so check out the complete schedule.

And of course there’s Harbourfront, where a fantastic lineup of music and dance takes place over the weekend, as well as the usual great shopping and food that’s to be had.

 

About Nicole Ryan Editor

I am Nicole Ryan, a contributing editor at Condo.ca—Canada's Condominium Magazine.

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