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
Picture courtesy of @blackcreekpioneervillage
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
Picture courtesy of @harbourfrontcentre
When: various times all weekend long – refer to this calendar for specific act times
Where: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
3. Take a hike (without leaving the city)
Picture courtesy of @alexalora
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
Picture courtesy of @ribfest_to
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
Picture courtesy of @junctionmarket
When: Saturday or Sunday, depending on the 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
Picture courtesy of @todotoronto
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
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
Picture courtesy of @ydsquare
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.