It’s looking like clear skies ahead this long weekend, which means plenty of sunshine for Torontonians looking to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday. We’ve put together a list of events across the city both outdoors and in – read on to see what you can partake in all weekend long.


1. Party like it’s 1867

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When: July 1st, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; July 2nd, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York

Best for: Families with a penchant for history and an appreciation for a good ol’ carnival.


2. Chill beside Lake Ontario and enjoy some free music

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When: various times all weekend long – refer to this calendar for specific act times

Where: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Best for: music lovers who may also enjoy a calm stroll next to the water. With acts from Jully Black to Jeremie Albino, there’s some good listenin’ for everyone.


3. Take a hike (without leaving the city)

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When: June 30th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Toronto Botanical Garden at 777 Lawrence Ave E., North York

Best for: plant enthusiasts equipped with plenty of sunscreen. The Toronto Botanical Gardens are home to a plethora of beautiful flowers and trees, so there’s a high chance of some lovely photo opportunities. There is also an organized hike through Wilket Creek Ravine on Saturday, for those interested in its history and ecology.


4. Partake in the ultimate BBQ showdown

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When: All weekend long, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (8:00 pm on Monday, July 2nd)

Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park at 256 Centennial Park Rd., Etobicoke

Best for: BBQ fans looking for some good eatin’. There’s really no neat way to enjoy some ribs, but luckily you’ll be with thousands of like-minded individuals, so just dig in already.


5. Gather sustenance at one of many farmers’ markets

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When: Saturday or Sunday, depending on the market

Where: Across the city – a few include the Junctions Farmers Market, the Sunday Artisan Market at Evergreen Brickworks, Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, and Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market

Best for: anyone with an appreciation for fresh produce (oh wait, that’s pretty much everyone). Support your local growers and artisans and whip up a delicious meal later to boot.


6. Watch a locally produced film

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When: July 1st, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where: Christie Pits Park, Bloor and Christie

Best for: film buffs who would enjoy watching a screening under the stars. The twilight screening features Porch Stories, a collage of love stories shot and filmed in Little Portugal and two short films.


7. Cool down with some ice cream

Demetres' Desserts for Canada Day

When: All weekend, regular hours

Where: Across all of our locations

Best for: anyone who wants to show their national pride by devouring desserts in red and white 😉


8. Loosen up those limbs and relax

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When: Monday, July 2nd from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East

Best for: 9-to-5ers who normally find their #MondayMotivation at the bottom of a coffee cup. More info here!


We wish everyone a lovely long weekend and a happy Canada Day! Make sure to check back next week for some behind-the-scenes features, and as always follow us over on Instagram (@demetres) for your daily dose of dessert.

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