What to do on Canada Day long weekend in Toronto, Caledon and GTA
Posted on March 12, 2020
Most of us will inevitably look forward to Canada day, but there's so much to see and do on this national day of our great country it can be difficult to decide exactly what to do and where to go to make the most of the festivities. Here are a few of the Canada Day events that are going on in Toronto and GTA to help you decide which might be for you.
Queen's 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.
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.
Toronto Ribfest Etobicoke
There are lots of places you can go to get a great view of the spectacular firework displays that are such an integral part of our nation's birthday, but if you fancy more than a firework show what could be better than a Ribfest? Since 1999 the Toronto Ribfest has been looking to deliver some of the best family entertainment around at the exciting Canada Day 2018 weekend party. And the Rotary Club of Etobicoke invites you to the 19th year the event that features live entertainment, exciting midway and Kids Zone, and plenty of the most succulent food so nobody is going to go home hungry. The venue is Centennial Park (Toronto) located at 156 Centennial Park Rd, ON M9C 5N3.
Annual Canada Day Parade
Everyone loves a parade, and what better reason to have one than Canada Day? This annual East York Canada Day 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.
Amesbury Park Canada Day Celebrations
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
All of us here at Caledon Chrysler wish everyone in the Great Toronto Area a safe and happy Canada Day, and don't forget to get in touch for any and all of your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram needs taking care of before and after the big day.
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