It's Canada's 147th birthday! There are Canada Day celebrations happening all around the GTA, so whether you're downtown, up in Vaughan, out in Ford County, or in the east end you can start planning your fireworks-watching strategy right now. We've listed the biggest celebrations here, so grab a blanket and a cooler, get out your red-and-white face paint, and start practicing "O Canada", because these explosively-sparkly spectacles only come around once a year.Read More
Catch the Canada Day (and Canada Day Eve) Fireworks
1. Harbourfront Centre
ON M5J 2G8, Canada
Get an early start on Canada Day with Harbourfront's Canada Eve double-barge fireworks display. The show starts late-ish; around 10:40, according to the schedule, so you'll have lots of time to negotiate the construction-bogged roads. Pro tip: the tall ship Kajama has a fireworks cruise, and it's licensed.
2. Ashbridge's Bay, the Beach
ON M4L, Canada
It can be a long trip out to the Beaches, especially with the Queen streetcar on diversion due to the construction at Queen and Broadview, but the last couple of years the fireworks show has been spectacular. Get an early start, and allow yourself plenty of time to get to the east end.
3. Canada's Wonderland
ON L6A 1S6, Canada
The display at Canada's Wonderland will set off more than 6000 fireworks! Watch them from the safety and comfort of Leviathan!
4. Mel Lastman Square, North York
ON M5V, Canada
North York's biggest display will be at the square named for the original Bad Boy. Live entertainment throughout the day, with performances by Justin Rutledge, NQ Arbuckle, and various circus acts (watch for Mel on the trapeze).
5. Centennial Park, Etobicoke
ON M9C 5N3, Canada
The site of that other Etobicoke spectacle, Fordfest, Centennial Park's Canada Day festivities coincide with Ribfest. Now that he's back from rehab, maybe His Honour will show up to watch the fireworks and chew on a couple of bones.
6. Stan Wadlow Park, East York
ON M4C 2W3, Canada
Canada Day festivities start at 10:00 in the morning with the East York parade. Live entertainment starts at 1:00, and continues throughout the day. Fireworks at 10:15.