07/01/2015 05:00 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 05:59 EDT

Canada Day: What's on, open and closed on July 1

The sun is forecast to be shining for Canada Day on Wednesday, and there are plenty of chances to take advantage of the nice weather if you want to get out and celebrate Canada's 148th birthday.

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Festivities get underway at 5 p.m. with face painting, acrobats from Zero Gravity circus and music courtesy of Jay Douglas and the Allstars and the Lula All Stars. Fireworks close out the party at 10:15 p.m.


The annual Canada Day party in Thomson Park kicks off at 10 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast. Activities include buskers, a bouncy castle, a craft show and a slo-pitch softball game.

A parade gets underway at 4 p.m. starting just west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road and ending at Lawrence Avenue East. Fireworks begin at dusk in Milliken Park.

East York & Ashbridges Bay

The annual Canada Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at Dieppe Park and heads eastward to Stan Wadlow Park, where revellers can party until 11 p.m. The Kiwanis pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m., and fireworks are scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m.

At Ashbridges Bay, fireworks are set to begin at 10 p.m.


Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park wraps up on Canada Day from 11 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with 14 professional rib vendors hawking their wares. Live music and midway rides run throughout the day, and fireworks start at 10 p.m.

Amesbury Park

The annual party at this northwest park starts at 11 a.m. with a barbecue, live entertainment, children's activities and even a strongman competition. Fireworks get underway at 10 p.m.

Broadlands Community Centre

Broadlands Community Centre and Park hosts an Old Style Community Picnic from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Enjoy face-painting, games, clowns and folk-singing.

Canada's Wonderland

Cap off a day on the rides with fireworks, weather permitting, when the park closes at 10 p.m. New this year are "fire divers" who will "light up the sky as they dive off Wonder Mountain."


City of Toronto parks, beaches, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads are all open, while indoor pools and community centres are closed.

All five of the City's golf courses are open and will offer holiday rates.

Historic sites

Seven of the City's 10 historic sites will be open and offer activities and tours, including Colborne Lodge, Fort York's new visitor centre, Mackenzie House and Spadina Museum. The weekly farmers' market at Montgomery's Inn will go on as usual, but the museum will be closed.

What's open and closed:

Many malls and grocery stores, banks, LCBO and Beer Stores, libraries and government offices will be closed. Mail will not be delivered.

Grocery stores that will be open include some Metro and Loblaws locations, and some malls including the Eaton Centre, Vaughan Mills and Square One.

The TTC will operate on a holiday schedule, and is offering a TTC Day Pass for $11.50. The one-day pass is good for up to six people, including a maximum of two adults over age 19.

Go Transit will run on a Saturday schedule.