Canada turns 150 on Saturday and celebrations are being held in every community in the country. In Toronto, the four-day party starts today and runs until Monday, July 3rd.
2017 marks a significant moment in the History of Canada. 150 years ago, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – united to create the Canadian Confederation, called the Dominion of Canada. On account of the British North America Act that became law July 1st1867, these British colonies would be recognized as an independent nation. In the years that followed, the other provinces and territories joined the Dominion, making todays Canada a mari usque ad mare (“from sea to sea”).
The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives Canadians the opportunity to get involved in their communities and to celebrate together our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment and our country’s place in the world. The major themes of the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, environment and youth.
A Celebration of Ontario Heritage
The Heritage Ontario festival lets you delve into our past and gaze into our future. This free admission four-day Ontario150 festival will celebrate Ontario’s vast multicultural history with lots of activities, entertainment, food and drinks. Details can be found here.
Several light shows are being held in Toronto and beyond on Canada Day:
June 30 to July 3
- Nightly fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square, 10:55 p.m.
- Amesbury Park, 10 p.m.
- Ashbridges Bay Park, after 9:30 p.m.
- Canada’s Wonderland, 10 p.m.
- Centennial Park during Ribfest, 10 p.m.
- CN Tower, 10:30 p.m.
- Downsview Park, 10 p.m.
- Harbourfont Centre, 10:45 p.m.
- Humber Bay Park West, 10:55 p.m.
- Mel Lastman Square, 10:55 p.m.
- Scarborough Civic Centre, 10:55 p.m.
- Stan Wadlow Park, after dark
Since Canada Day falls on a Saturday, transit, government offices and banks will observe the statutory holiday on Monday.
- TTC will run on Saturday service on Saturday and holiday service on Monday
- Tourist attractions: ROM (free admission on Saturday), CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, Canada’s Wonderland, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
- Most malls will be open on Saturday: Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Eaton Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Pacific Mall (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), The Promenade (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Toronto Premium Outlets (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills Mall (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Hillcrest Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- The Toronto Public Library will be closed on Saturday
- Some bank branches will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while others will be closed on Saturday and Monday. Check your bank for hours.
- Government offices and municipal buildings will be closed on Monday, and mail won’t be delivered
- Some malls: Dufferin Mall, Fairview Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre
- Most grocery stores are closed on Saturday
Source: Gov. of Canada
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