Things to do in Toronto for Canada Day

Things to do in Toronto for Canada Day

Toronto’s Canada Day events are as diverse as the city’s people. From picnics to cruises, and from ball games to barbecues, there are plenty of things happening in and around the Greater Toronto Area to keep the country’s most populated city joyfully occupied on July 1st.

Here are just a few of the many events going down:

###1. CHIN Picnic

The largest, free, multicultural event of its kind in the world plays host to more than 250,000 people over the long weekend with live music, a petting zoo and the ever-popular bikini competitions.

Exhibition Place, June 29-July 1. Free.

###2. Canada Day Cruise

The Mariposa company has two annual harbour cruises. One cruise has dinner, dancing and a spectacular view of the fireworks at Ashbridges Bay and Harbourfront Centre from the water. The second cruise is simply for watching the fireworks from the inner harbour.

Fireworks cruise $25; Dinner, dancing and fireworks $82.95

###3. Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park

The annual family-friendly city tradition features live music, a children’s show every day at noon, and of course, ribs.

Etobicoke’s Centennial Park, $2.

###4. Fireworks

You can see fireworks lighting up the sky all across Southern Ontario from the right vantage point. Here are some of the locations for ignition and lift off:

Ashbridges Bay

Lake Shore Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue area, free, 9:30 p.m.

Canada’s Wonderland

Vaughan, show included with the price of admission, 10 p.m.

Harbourfront Centre

207 Queen’s Quay, free, Sunday night at dusk

Mel Lastman Square

Yonge Street and North York Blvd., free, 10:15 p.m.