954599_81930332Happy Canada Day 2011! Ottawa is most definitely THE place to be this year as Prince William and his new brideCatherine Middleton are visiting Canada’s Capital for the big celebrations.

As I am no where near Ottawa, I’m trying to comfort myself with the fact that there is still a ton to do in Toronto this weekend. Like the Fourth of July holiday, Canada Day is one where most families get together to spend a weekend of fun and frivolity.

For those of you visiting the big city of TO, I’ve put a list together of some of the main events the city has to offer. Wondering if the CN Tower is open? I have details on that as well!

As with all governmental holidays, banks, post offices, major grocery stores, libraries and all governmental offices will remain closed.

Whats Going On?

  • Amesbury Park on 1507 Lawrence Ave. W. is offering a day filled with free celebrations. From 10 am to 10:30 p.m, take advantage of the pancake brunch, barbecue, marketplace, strongman’s competition, live entertainment, fireworks and many children’s activities.
  • Looking for a parade? Check out the East York Parade located at the East York Town Centre. Head to the Dieppe Park for 10 a.m. to watch the marching bands. They will arrive at Stan Wadlow Park by noon.
  • Along with their free admission offer, Ontario Place has some special performances planned. Acrobats, Six Nations performers and a celebration of Nova Scotia will take place from 10 a.m. to midnight. If you want to catch the musical Fireworks display, make sure you are there by 10:30 p.m.
  • Head to Queens Park for a 21 gun salute at noon and performances from around the world until 4:30 p.m. 
  • Thomson Park is holding their own celebratory event with plenty of children’s activities, live music from Solid Sound International as well as the Toronto All Star Big Band .

Free Fireworks!

  • Ashbridges Bay Park. The display will begin at 9:45 p.m., however it is recommended that you use public transit and leave your personal vehicles at home for this one.  
  • The Milliken Park off Steeles Rd. and McCowan Rd. is also offering a free firework display at dusk. 
  • Canada’s Wonderland is putting on an amazing fireworks display at 10 p.m. this evening. 

What’s Open?

  • Major Tourist attractions such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, CN Tower, Toronto Zoo and Canada’s Wonderland will be open. 
  • The TTC will operate on its Sunday service schedule and the GO Transit will operate on its Saturday schedule. 
  • All outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and city parks will be open.
  • Historic sites such as the Mackenzie House, Colborne Lodge, Gibson House, Fort York National Historic Site will also remain open.
  • Want to do a bit of shopping? The Eaton Centre, Square One and Vaughan Mills are open for the holiday, as is Pacific Mall.