The beauty of celebrating Canada Day in a city as big as Toronto is that there are so many different fireworks displays to choose from that you can easily avoid the Canadians you hate when celebrating our national holiday. Just kidding! Okay, well, only a little bit. Here are the top spots to check out the 2013 Canada Day fireworks in Toronto.
Harbourfront Canada Eve Fireworks (June 30)
There’s no better way to combine Pride Toronto 2013 and Canada Day in one festive night of celebration than with the fireworks display at the Harbourfront. Beginning at 10pm on June 30th, the Harbourfront is presenting “Canada Eve” fireworks. Is Canada Eve the new version of Christmas Eve in the summer? We hope so, because we’re definitely feelin’ it.
Ashbridges Bay Park
Suburbans and city folk alike make their way down to the Beaches for the Ashbridges Bay Park Canada Day fireworks every year. There’s something about the Beaches that has a very down-home vibe (read: Dawson’s Creek vibe) that makes watching the fireworks there just an extra bit special. We recommend taking the TTC and not driving though to keep your celebratory levels on the positive side. No one needs road rage on our nation’s holiday. The light show begins at 9:30pm (near Lake Shore Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue area).
If your idea of celebrating our nation involves roller coasters, and you’re opposed to drinks on patios, we recommend heading to Canada’s Wonderland for the day on July 1st and staying until dusk for the awesome fireworks display right on site. The show begins at 10 pm and is included in the price of admission.
Mel Lastman Square
Need a reason to head to North York to take in the fireworks this year (unless you already live there)? Mel Lastman Square plans to put on a massive fireworks display for Canada Day completely choreographed to an all-Canadian soundtrack. Will it be more Tragically Hip or Arcade Fire? You’ll have to go to find out.
This year marks the 14th Annual Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park, which runs from June 28th to July 1st from 11am to 1 pm daily. Stick around for the 10pm fireworks display on July 1st, even if it’s your belt buckle that feels like it’s doing all the exploding.
Canada Day at Mississauga’s Celebration Square
If you’ve no interest in hitting the highway this Canada Day and you live in Mississauga, you can always check out the Canada Day celebrations at Mississauga’s Celebration Square this year across from Square One. Along with a fireworks display, the Toronto band Down With Webster is headlining a free night of music, which will also include performances from DJ duo Kissette, Crystalyne, Eleven Past One and Young Empires.
Richmond Hill Canada Day Party
Richmond Green Park in Richmond Hill is playing host to a super kid-friendly Canada Day party that features an all-day food fair, a Bavarian garden and a village for kids. Singer Jesse Labelle will be performing on site, and fireworks begin at 10pm.
Stan Wadlow Park
Stan Wadlow Park is getting old school on Canada Day with an antiques car display during the day, as well as bingo games (which we all know are secretly awesome, hence why there’re hipster bingo nights), and ending with a fireworks display at 10:15pm.
For those city folk who can’t picture where Downsview Park is, it’s basically at the end of the eastern arm on the subway line. You can check out the Downsview Canada Day fireworks either at the meadow or festival terrace, beginning shortly after 10pm.