What you can do on Canada Day in Toronto

Jun 26 2020, 2:30 pm

The next stage of reopening the economy could not have come at a better time.

On Wednesday, July 1, our home and native land is celebrating its 153rd birthday.

Toronto residents can now fully enjoy Canada Day, as more attractions and city events can take place to make the holiday more celebratory.

But remember it’s important to still adhere to public health measures and to keep two metres apart from those not in your household or social circle. As always a mask is recommended when physical distancing is not possible.

Toronto Islands

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The Toronto Islands will be opening to the public on June 27. Visitors must buy tickets online in advance and there will be a limit of 5,000 tickets per day. Tickets will also only be valid for the selected day of purchase.

All passengers on the ferry will be required to wear face coverings. To reduce crowding, the City is encouraging visitors to travel outside of peak times. The busiest time for travel from the terminal to Toronto Island Park is between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and between 3:30 and 6:30 pm for the return trip.

Drive-In Concert

Ontario’s first-ever drive-in concert will be happening in Markham on Canada Day.

Produced by Cabin Media Entertainment, the Dean Brody and Andrew Hyatt concert will take place at the Markham Fairgrounds. After the performance, fireworks are slated to close out the night.

Vehicle passes, available from $209 (plus fees and taxes) per vehicle, are available here.

Drive-Ins in the GTA

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A number of drive-ins in the GTA will be open on Canada Day, offering a selection of movies appropriate for families and any horror fans.

The theatres include the 5 Drive-In and The Starlight Theatre in Oakville, The Stardust Drive in Theatre in Newmarket, and Starlite in Hamilton.

The movies showing are Jumanji, The Invisible Man, Bloodshot, and The Hunt.

Toronto Beaches

You can go enjoy six Toronto beaches which officially opened on June 22.

The beaches that are officially open today are Bluffer’s Park Beach, Cherry/Clarke Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Sunnyside Beach, and Woodbine Beach.

Physical distancing measures should still be followed when visiting a beach or a park.

Swimming pools

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City of Toronto

It looks like Canada Day might be a scorching 34°C, so it will be worth it to go to one of the City’s swimming pools, which will be available to the public.

On Tuesday, the City has told Daily Hive that outdoor pools are set to welcome the public this Friday, June 26. The remainder of pools will open Saturday, June 27, though they will be subject to conditions.

Water recreational services will be reopening, which includes splash pads, wading pools, and, indoor and outdoor pools.

Aga Khan Museum

The museum located at 77 Wynford Drive will be open from 10 am to 8 pm.

You can purchase timed tickets online in advance.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada 

Go visit Ripley’s Aquarium, at 288 Bremner Boulevard.

They will be providing guests with timed ticket entry. These online reservations are required to “manage capacity limits and minimize touchpoints at the entrance.” They have also recommended that all guests wear facemasks.

All programs, dive shows, and tours have been temporarily suspended. There will be no food or beverages for sale. There have also been social distancing markers placed in lines to reduce contact.

It’s open from 10 am to 8 pm and you can purchase timed tickets online in advance.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo will be giving members early access to their opening on June 27. They have said that they are still finalizing the details but that members will be receiving an email in the coming days with information and timed ticketing options.

On Canada Day, the zoo will be open from 10:15 am to 5:30 pm for the Scenic Safari in-car experience only.

Tickets can be purchased tickets here.


If the weather remains warm and sunny, going to a park for a picnic to meet friends or to go relax with a book is a viable option if you have the day off.

Many green spaces like Ontario Place which is open from 6 am to 11 pm daily, High Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Tommy Thompson Park, Rouge National Park, and Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough are all available to residents.

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