What to do on the Canada Day long weekend
Posted on January 28, 2020
Every school age child can explain that Canada Day celebrates the Constitution Act that combined three formerly separate colonies into a single Dominion, considered the point from which today's Canada has evolved. It's celebrated with great passion by citizens of our country here at home and around the world, and activities include picnics, fairs, parades, concerts, and of course, fireworks. For some Canada Day is the unofficial start of summer despite the calendar saying otherwise.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA, we've assembled a list of unique and interesting Canada Day events that you might consider visiting as part of your celebrations for Canada Day 2018. Please keep in mind that the dealership will be open on Saturday this year, but closed on Sunday and Monday.
Queens Park Toronto
Held on the front lawn of the Ontario Legislature, Canada Day at Queen's Park is a day of non-stop fun and activities, including music, dance and children's shows. There will be music and dance performances, roaming performers, games, and children's activities including face painting and children's arts and crafts. Best of all admission is free and it's open to all ages. In addition, new Canadians will participate in a Citizenship Ceremony at 11 am as they become citizens. The event takes place at 12 noon with a 21 gun salute and the singing of O Canada.
Annual Canada Day Parade
Everyone loves a parade, and what better reason to have one than Canada Day? This East York Canada Day annual parade starts at 10:00 AM on the big day with marching bands at the Dieppe Park and then moves eastwards to Stan Wadlow Park where the event is scheduled to conclude around mid-day.
Toronto Ribfest - Etobicoke Park
Over one dozen competing rib teams will at the Toronto Ribfest at Etobicoke Park serving irresistible, mouth-watering selections. Not into ribs? They will also have burgers, fries, nachos, and other delicious food choices. But it's not just about food. There's plenty of music across 4-days at three venues, as well as ride-filled midway and spectacular fireworks display at sundown.
Caledon Fair Canada Day Strawberry Festival
If you have a taste for Strawberries there's no better place to be in the area than in Caledon. There are two separate Strawberry-related activities being conducted simultaneously on Canada day. At the Fairgrounds, the 26th annual Caledon Canada Day Strawberry Festival will be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be all-day strawberry breakfast, free birthday cake at noon, BBQ, and strawberry desserts, a classic car show, a vendor village and a village craft show. In addition there's a Canada Day Strawberry Festival at nearby Downey's Farm Market from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with strawberry pancakes, live music and pick-your-own strawberries.
Canada Day Mississauga Celebration Square
Mississauga Celebration Square is located in the heart of downtown Mississauga. This award-winning public square is one of the most unique in the GTA. The mainstage line-up consists of some top-flight musical talent including MAGIC!, JUNO Award winning band with Mississauga roots, best known for their international hit "Rude", Allie X, singer, songwriter, and Canadian starlet, Kid Koala, world renowned Canadian scratch DJ, Ammoye, 4 time JUNO nominated Reggae star, and William Prince, JUNO Winning Canadian Folk artist. Crowds are expected to exceed 100,000 and several roads in the area will be closed, so be prepared before you head out the door.
Scarborough Celebrates Canada
If you like the sound of live music and dance from local, national and international artists, cultural vendors, ethnic foods, a dance competition, youth zone, raffles, giveaways, and plenty more besides, the Scarborough Celebrates Canada event is the place to be. This free-to-enter event is the largest Canada Day festival in the area and it gets underway at Bridlewood Mall, Warden and Finch, 2900 Warden Ave, Scarborough from noon until 9 PM.
One Land Many Nations
For many partygoers, Toronto's waterfront is the place to be on Canada Day, especially when it comes to having the perfect view of the spectacular firework display. For one of the most diverse and inclusive events in the area with popular artists from across the country, this is a long weekend event from June 29 to July 2 featuring popular artists from across the country at One Land Many Nations at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
The 35th Amesbury Park Canada Day Celebration can be found at Amesbury Park, 1507 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, and things get underway at 9:00 AM and continue right through to the fireworks at 10:00 PM. You're assured of one of the warmest welcomes in the area at an even where you'll find an array of multicultural entertainment, along with children's activities such as a talent search and plenty more besides. There will be lots of interesting vendors at the event and the best thing of all is that admission is FREE.
With Canada Day 2018 part of a long weekend, there's an amazing number of activities in which you can participate in the GTA.
Whatever you do on July 1, get out, enjoy the activities either in your area or across town, and participate in celebrating the 151th anniversary of our great country.
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