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March 16, 2018 – City of Toronto’s long-weekend activities

City of Toronto’s long-weekend activities

The City will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 21, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park. Many family attractions, including two historic sites, a farm and other facilities will be open, however City-operated recreation centres will be closed and recreation programs across the city will not operate that day.

The City will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks with a spectacular finale.

Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service will be increased on the 22 Coxwell and 92 Woodbine South routes for customers attending the fireworks display. The 501 Queen route will be operating on an adjusted schedule during the event from 6 p.m. to midnight. Members of the public are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.

All other TTC service will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, May 21. Updated information regarding adjustments to these routes and for planning transit trips will be available at http://www.ttc.ca.

City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City of Toronto park. Enforcement officers will be onsite to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event at Ashbridges Bay Park.


Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are located on beautiful parklands and offer early-bird rates. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Victoria Day. More information about City-run golf courses is available at http://toronto.ca/golf.

Tennis courts

All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the Victoria Day weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information about public tennis courts is available at http://toronto.ca/tennis.

Splash pads

Splash pads will begin to operate across the city on Saturday, May 19, with a few exceptions at sites under repair or located on outdoor pool decks. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are activated with push-button features. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at these unsupervised water-play areas. Information about splash pad locations is available at https://www.toronto.ca/swimt or by calling 311.

Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm is representative of a 19th-century Ontario farm and is home to heritage breeds such as Shorthorn cows, Tamworth pigs and Cotswold sheep. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo, by calling 311 or at http://riverdalefarmtoronto.ca/.

High Park Zoo

Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo’s spring babies, including a new bison calf. This attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo.

Toronto Island Park

Beginning on Wednesday, May 16, the City will switch to its summer ferry schedule, offering trips to the islands every 15 minutes. Toronto Island Park is a great place for a scenic picnic, hike or bike ride, and features the interactive Franklin Children’s Garden. Many attractions offered by independent operators are also onsite including Centreville Theme Park and Far Enough Farm. As a popular destination spot, Toronto Island Park can get quite busy. To help plan ahead and avoid the ferry lineups, check the peak-times schedule and purchase tickets in advance at http://toronto.ca/ferry. Information about the amusement park and farm are available at http://www.centreisland.ca.


Flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288, or by visiting http://toronto.ca/conservatories.

Bike and skate parks

The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, including the new Sunnyside Bike Park. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/bikeparks.

Historic sites  

Two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will offer activities and tours on Monday, May 21. The remaining sites will be closed. All of the historic sites will be open over the Victoria Day weekend, except for the Market Gallery, which will be closed on Sunday. Admission fees and activities vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.

City of Toronto Archives

The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will be closed on Monday, May 21. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/archives.

Other municipal facilities and services

City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday, May 21.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.