Events, Family Events

Celebrating Canada’s 149th Birthday in the GTA

Canada Day is July 1st! Here’s a list of some economical, family-friendly events in the GTA that can be enjoyed by all!

Happy Canada Day By Anirudh Koul

Happy Canada Day By Anirudh Koul

Canada Day Events in the GTA

  • ToDo Canada has compiled a great list of Canada Day celebrations and fireworks happening around the GTA- Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel, and York! In case you’ve taken advantage of the long weekend to get out of the city, find the event closest to you. Some highlights include the City of Brampton (12-10pm)’s festivities, which will include a splash pad, internationally renowned musical artists, and closing fireworks and the events at Queen’s Park (10-5pm)- Mad Science stations and the casts of FAME the Musical and Alice in Wonderland are sure to guarantee some family fun!
  • In North York, catch circus acts, local funk musicians, and a fireworks finale. Free, 5- 10:15pm.
  • Fort York has free admission on July 1st! Catch the fife and drum and musket firing performances every hour on the half hour by costumed Fort York guards and guided tours every hour. You can even pack a picnic to eat on the Garrison Grounds! Free, 10-5pm.
  • Celebrate Canada’s diversity by attending Toronto Pride’s trans march! The march begins at 7pm at the intersection of Church and Hayden Street.


  • Click this interactive map to find all fireworks locations in the greater Toronto area. Some locations include Mel Lastman Square, the Harbourfront Centre, and Downsview Park…


  • Bringing a young one to the fireworks? Babble shares five tips for reducing toddler drama. The most important thing? Be prepared! Tell your little ones in advance of the show what it is that they should expect, and don’t forget to pack the family blankets and earplugs.
  • Planning on hosting some fireworks yourself? Good Housekeeping provides a list of recommendations for handling sparklers and lighting outdoor fireworks. Before you purchase any firecrackers, make sure that you brush up on your city’s fireworks bylaw to ensure that you and your family are practicing firework safety in more ways than one!