Canada Day weekend is fast approaching and with so many things to do, it can be overwhelming to pick. We’ve created our list of unique and fun things to do this Canada Day weekend that are sure to appeal to everyone in the family. Whether you gather together to watch fireworks or want to explore Canada’s history on its birthday, we’ve got you covered.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey in Canada is celebrating 125 years so the Hockey Hall of Fame is hosting an exhibit to celebrate that. The Original Stanley Cup is coming to the Hockey Hall of Fame and staying until December 2018. This exhibit will include the original Stanley Cup, a series of championship rings, and the last opportunity to see the bands of the 1953-54 and 63-64 Stanley cup champions. This exhibit is on all year long but as Canada’s national sport, the Hockey Hall of Fame is an excellent way to spend Canada’s birthday.
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Canada Day Camping
What better way to spend the long way than sleeping under the stars and appreciating Canada’s natural beauty. This is a great way to spend time with the family away from the bustle of city life. There are three major campgrounds in the GTA but there are hundreds throughout Ontario. Spend Canada Day roasting marshmallows and swimming in the lake.
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Nathan Phillips Square
Right in the heart of the city, Nathan Phillips Square always has an abundance of activities happening on Canada Day. Live performances, giveaways, and fireworks make Nathan Phillip’s Square a great place to spend the day.
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Canada Day Bike Ride
Hosted by the Golden Horseshoe Biking Club, this tradition has been happening for years. The ride starts at Yonge St and circles around Toronto. Whether you want to ride with your family or simply spectate the crowd of cyclists, this is a great way to stay active and see the city on Canada Day.
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Ashbridge’s Bay Park Fireworks
Seen by many as the best fireworks in the city, Ashbridges Bay Park allows for a great beachfront display. As it is on the water, the local yacht club allows those with boats to view the show from the water. We know if you’re going to photograph the fireworks it can be tricky, to get the best shots check out our Night Photography Workshop
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Queen’s Park holds family friendly celebrations every year to mark Canada’s birthday. There are daytime activities involving entertainers and performances, games, and a variety of kid’s activities and crafts.
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This historical horse race is a great way to spend Canada Day. The Queen’s Plate is one of Canada’s biggest horse races and spans over three days. The weekend begins on Friday with a performance by Brad Paisley. The races take place on Saturday, June 30 but the event wraps up with enough Canada Day activities and performances for the whole family.
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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
If you’re looking for a cultured way to spend your Canada Day weekend, look no further than the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Closing on Canada Day, this festival is the perfect way to spend a day listening to music and experiencing jazz culture. Check out the Blues Society Talent Search Finals for an interesting addition to your Canada Day celebrations.
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Canada Day Lunch Cruise
What better way to celebrate July 1st then by appreciating the beauty of Toronto from the water. Jubilee Queen Cruise Lines has organized a lunch cruise complete with musical entertainment for a whole afternoon of enjoyment as you sail by the Toronto Islands.
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