The Canada Day long weekend typically turns Toronto into a bit of an abandoned city as people migrate north to relax by the lake. But for those who are in Toronto for the country’s 146th birthday, CTV News has put together a list of top events in the GTA:


From Mel Lastman Square to Richmond Hill further north, an artillery of fireworks will be launched after dusk to mark Canada’s birthday. Here’s a round-up of events across the GTA:

•    North York’s Mel Lastman Square will offer a free concert starting at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks finale at 10:15 p.m. 

•    Milliken Park, at McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue East

•    Amesbury Park, at Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue West 

•    Stan Wadlow Park, at Woodbine and Cosburne

•    In Oakville, at Bronte Harbour’s 

•    In Mississauga at Celebration Square

•    In Richmond Hill at Richmond Green Park

Other celebrations

But not everyone enjoys blasting pyrotechnics into the air and watching them explode into a sparkling display of patriotism. For those who want to celebrate their civic pride with a little less bang, the city is rife with events and shows for every age group.

•   Pride parade: The annual parade is set to start on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the corner of Bloor and Church.

•   Toronto Rib Fest

•   CHIN International Picnic: Billed as the “largest free multicultural picnic in the world,” this three-day event is perfect for the entire family. 

•    The Harbourfront Centre will host a number of  event from a free art exhibition to face painting for the kids.

•    July First Parade

•    Streetsville Canada Day celebrations in Mississauga

•    Citizenship ceremony at Queen’s Park 

•     Woofjocks: Celebrate Canada’s Day with man’s best friend.