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Canada Day: What’s open and closed in Toronto

Bathers climb the steps to a waterslide at Alex Duff Memorial Pool, in Toronto, on Aug. 20, 2021. City parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads across Toronto will be open on Canada Day. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
There’s outdoor fun, live music and fireworks on deck this Canada Day, according to the City of Toronto. 

With summer in full swing, the city says it’s pleased to offer a wide variety of city-organized and community based public events to help Torontonians celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday on Friday.

Here’s a list of some of those attractions and what’s open and closed:


  • You can also catch fireworks displays at Mel Lastman Square and at Downsview Park.
  • Fireworks at Stan Wadlow Park have been rescheduled to July 2 and are cancelled at Milliken Park.


  • CN Tower: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ontario Science Centre: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Toronto Zoo: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The zoo will also open Splash Island on July 1.
  • Royal Ontario Museum: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Fort York Historic Site: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Scarborough Museum: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • St. Lawrence Market is closed on Canada Day and will be open on Saturday from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City parks and pools: City parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads across Toronto will be open on Canada Day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed, including the washrooms within them.

Toronto Island Park: It’s a great place to enjoy a scenic picnic, hike or bike ride, and features the interactive Franklin Children’s Garden. Many attractions offered by independent operators are also onsite, including Centreville Theme Park and Far Enough Farm.

Riverdale Farm: Residents and visitors to Toronto can visit a working farm in the centre of the city. Riverdale Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

High Park animal attraction: Toronto’s oldest animal attraction has been entertaining people for 120 years and is open every day between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Roads in High Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for all three days of the Canada Day long weekend.

Chris Young/The Canadian Press

StrollTO: Take advantage of free self-guided walking itineraries in 140 neighbourhoods across Toronto through StrollTO.

Golf at municipal courses: Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are located on beautiful parklands and offer holiday rates. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Canada Day.

Tennis courts: Public tennis courts across the city will have nets up and be available for use throughout the Canada Day long weekend. Public sites are free. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts.

Conservatories and greenhouses: Flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory and Allan Gardens Conservatory. Both are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. While Allen Gardens is undergoing renovations, washrooms inside the conservatory are closed. Portable washrooms are available outside by the playground.

ActiveTO returns: ActiveTO will only take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bayview Avenue, from Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street, will be closed to vehicle traffic 7 a.m. on Saturday to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Beaches: Toronto’s beaches are open and most will be supervised from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. People hoping to take a dip are encouraged to check the status of designated swim beaches before going.

John Badcock/CBC

Public Transit:

  • TTC routes will operate on their holiday schedule on Friday
  • GO Transit will operate on their Saturday schedule on Friday.
  • The TTC will be increasing bus service from Woodbine Station and Coxwell Station on Line 2 to accommodate travel to and from Ashbridges Bay Park for the Canada Day fireworks display.

Grocery Stores / LCBO / Beer Stores:

  • Most major grocery-store chains are closed on Friday.
  • LCBO stores are closed on Friday.
  • Select Beer Store locations will open Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • CF Eaton Centre: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Yorkdale Mall: closed.
  • Scarborough Town Centre: closed.
  • Square One Shopping Centre: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Vaughan Mills: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pacific Mall: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Toronto Premium outlets: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Government offices and Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Friday.
  • There will be no collection or delivery of mail via Canada Post on Friday.

Credit belongs to : ca.news.yahoo.com

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