Family-Friendly Canada Day Activities in Toronto for 2019

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Here’s a quick round-up of family-friendly Canada Day events that are set to kick the month off. Happy summer!

Take in A Ball Game

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Celebrate Canada Day with the country’s only MLB team! The Blue Jays will be playing a home series against the Kansas City Royals over the Canada Day long weekend. While Jr. Jays Sundays won’t be running, there will be plenty of other fun, Canadian-themed activities taking place, including a special tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces on Canada Day. If you go, be sure to show up early. On Friday, the first 15,000 guests get to take home a Grichuk Ran doll while on Sunday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Blue Jays relaxed denim hat.

When: June 28–July 1
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way

Toronto Ribfest

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Here’s a tasty way to celebrate the birth of our nation. Hosted by Rotary Etobicoke, this food-centric event will feature ribs and other grilled delights from over 10 vendors, all with the word “BBQ” in their names. There will also be live entertainment, magic shows and yes, even some non-meat options. Following sundown, there will be a fireworks display that promises to be “spectacular.”

When: June 28-July 1
Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park. Rd.

Amesbury Park Canada Celebrations

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Now in its 33rd year, this community-oriented party will be packed with music and even features both a talent search and a strongman show. There will also be a ton of kids’ activities including carnival games. Oh, and let’s not forget about all the mouth-watering food. At around 9:45 pm the sky will be lit up with the party’s fireworks display.

When: July 1
Where: Amesbury Park, 1507 Lawrence Ave

Ashbridges Bay Fireworks

Just looking to take the kids out to see some amazing fireworks? Then Ashbridges Bay annual fireworks extravaganza is exactly what you’re looking for. The show should start around 10 pm but we advise that you get there well before that as this event can get pretty packed.

When: July 1
Where:  Ashbridges Bay, 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E

Canada Day Celebrations at Albert Campbell Square

Combine two parties into one at this dance-centric event in Scarborough. This free event celebrates Canada Day and is the kickoff to the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF). Dozens of dance schools from across the city will be present, showcasing their students and their talents. Also on site will be delicious food vendors and the chance for you to show off your own moves.

When: July 1
Where: Albert Campbell Square, Borough Dr

Canada Day Celebrations at Black Creek Pioneer Village

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There’s no day quite like Canada Day to take in a history lesson! Travel back to July 1, 1867, and see what the very first Canada Day was like. In addition to the Village’s usual interactive fun, there will be traditional games, horse-drawn wagon rides and a real-life Citizenship ceremony. And best of all, access to the village is free all day long!

When: July 1
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway

Canada Day Festival at Downsview Park

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The fun starts at 4 pm with a party that includes free games and inflatables, face painters and live entertainment. There will also be a vendors’ village and a wide variety of food trucks so come hungry! Later in the evening, once it’s dark, the sky will be lit up with celebratory fireworks.

When: July 1
Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave

East York Canada Day Parade & Festival

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The city’s longest-running Canada Day celebration takes to the streets once again with its annual parade. It gets underway way at 10 am, leaving from Dieppe Park. Following the parade, there will be an all-day party in the park that features live music, kiddie activities and a beer tent. The day wraps up at 10 pm with a fireworks show.

When: July 1
Where: Stan Wadlow Park, 373 Cedarvale Ave

 

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