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Staff Picks: 5 Fun Activities for Canada Day

photo by Michelle Lee

Sunday, July 1 marks our country’s 145th birthday. It’s easy to celebrate the nation’s diversity and heritage in Toronto, thanks to a number of excellent events and outdoor activities!

Get festive in grand style—with music, dancing, food, shopping and more—over the holiday weekend at Harbourfront Centre. Family crafts and games are happening throughout the day, then spend your evening with free concerts by various artists including electro-hip-hop group The Airplane Boys and Grammy-nominated Johnny Clegg. There’s also a singing competition and electrifying b-boy/b-girl battle.

Meat lovers have every reason to flock to Etobicoke’s Centennial Park—Toronto RibFest is back for another year of amazing barbecue and farmers’ market fare. The four-day event also features a kids park, midway rides, live music, a performance by illusionist Lucas Wilson, and a spectacular fireworks display on Sunday night.

Sports fans can spend the day cheering Canada’s baseball team, as the Toronto Blue Jays go head-to-head with the Los Angeles Angels. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. but the party starts at noon outside the Rogers Centre, where a street festival offers live bands, giveaways and more.

Spend the day enjoying a “staycation” on the Toronto Islands. Only a short ferry ride away, the city’s summer oasis offers ample opportunity for picnicking, playing frisbee or beach volleyball, swimming or simply relaxing in the sun (or shade). Centreville Amusement Park is a blast for your family’s younger members, or rent a bike, canoe or kayak to embark on a self-guided tour of the little Lake Ontario archipelago.

Of course, Canada Day wouldn’t be complete without watching the sky light up with a colourful fireworks display. Catch every vibrant explosion as darkness falls at any one of these locations: Mel Lastman Square, Canada’s Wonderland, Ashbridges Bay Park, Centennial Park (as part of RibFest) and Downsview Park.

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