How to Celebrate Canada Day in Toronto

Sticking around the city this long weekend? There are tons of things to do on Canada Day in Toronto and plenty of them are even free!
Sticking around the city this long weekend? There are tons of things to do on Canada Day in Toronto and plenty of them are even free!

Canada’s 149th birthday takes place on July 1st, and as usual, Toronto will be turning it up for the celebration.

If you’re spending the long weekend in the city, here are a few solid options for properly honouring your home and native land.


Fireworks are happening in a variety of locations around the city on Canada Day, including:

  • Mel Lastman Square at 10:15pm
  • Amesbury Park at 10pm
  • Ashbridges Bay Park at 10pm
  • Stan Wadlow Park at 10:15pm
  • Downsview Park at 10pm
  • Harbourfront Centre at 10:40pm

Toronto Ribfest

If food is what you look forward to most, you’ll probably want to head to Etobicoke for the 16th annual Ribfest. Beyond all the ribs you can eat, you’ll also be helping Rotary raise money for the community, while spending some time on Midway rides and enjoying a strong lineup of local musicians.

Canada Day Parade

If you don’t mind heading to East York, and you’re really looking forward to a parade, East York’s Canada Day celebration has you covered. Aside from a sea of floats, there will also be a Midway with carnival rides, food vendors, entertainers and of course, fireworks.


Harbourfront Centre will continue its tradition of bringing great Canadian musicians to the lake to celebrate the day – including Cowboy Junkies, Chloe Charles, Nomadic Massive, Dawn Pemberton and our childhood favourites, Sharon and Bram.

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Head to the waterfront for the day with Redpath as they launch the TALLSHIPS challenge and bring the Royal Canadian Navy’s coastal defence ships to the waterfront. Watch the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, or attempt their Navy-themed obstacle course.

Multicultural Canada Day Festival

Now in its 11th year, the Multicultural Canada Day fest is a staple at Yonge-Dundas Square – and considering how diverse Toronto’s population is, it makes for a truly inclusive way to celebrate what it really means to be Canadian.

Toronto Blue Jays

For those who would prefer to celebrate Canadian pride with one of our better sports teams, our favourite baseball team will be playing the Cleveland Indians over the long weekend. 

Fireworks Cruise

If you’d prefer to spend some time on the water, you can get your boat and fireworks fix at the same time via Mariposa’s Canada Day Fireworks cruise or the Jubilee Cruise.

City of Toronto

The city will be curating an evening of celebration at Mel Lastman Square, with free face painting, circus and hoop performances, and music by Turbo Street Funk, The Soul Motivators and Emmanuel Jal – closing the evening with a fireworks finale.

Canada Day at Steam Whistle Brewing

Put on your Canadian tuxedo and head down to Steam Whistle Brewing for a day full of fun. Alongside live musical performances by Canadian artists like Raven Shields, Goodnight Sunrise, Madison Galloway & The Boo Radley Project, Steam Whistle will be giving prizes for the best Canadian tuxedo and hosting their 1st annual Doughnut Eating Challenge. Admission is free. Beers (starting at $4) and food will be available for purchase.

How will you be spending Canada Day in Toronto?

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