Happy Canada Day!

Toronto helping its residents celebrate Canada Day

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day in Toronto on Friday, July 1 by coming out for parades, musical entertainment, barbecues, historical site tours and fireworks celebrating Canada’s birthday.

City-wide Canada Day celebrations will include annual Canada Day parades, community events and fireworks shows – among other highlights.

A special event organized by the City of Toronto will be held at Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St.) from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The event features live musical performances by Ray Robinson and nine-piece powerhouse King Sunshine, and will end with a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free. More details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/canada/2011.

City parks, outdoor swimming pools and wading pools will be open on Canada Day, as will City historic sites. Community centres will be closed on July 1. The City’s swimming pools schedules can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/recreation_facilities/swimming. More information about online water quality reports for local beaches is available at http://www.toronto.ca/beach.

The Toronto Zoo is open this Canada Day long weekend. Families can cool off at Splash Island, take in one of the Zoo’s amazing animal shows, visit the endangered African penguins – new to the Toronto Zoo – or check out the sharks at Stingray Bay Exhibit. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.

Four special events this coming weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists. In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city this summer. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. If you need to drive in event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets.

A summary of the City’s community Canada Day activities follows, organized by geographic areas of Toronto. Residents are reminded that fireworks are not allowed to be set off in City of Toronto parks.

Further details about the city-wide community events that are taking place are available online where noted, and the public can also call 311 for information.