TORONTO, ON., June 30, 2020 — Canada Day 2020 — As most know Canada’s 153rd birthday celebrations are going virtual in Toronto and surrounding cities due to the COVID-19 pandemic with no gatherings of more than 10 people physically distanced by 2 metres are permitted.
There will be a three Toronto livestreams happening as mentioned in previous posts including a spectacular 15-minute CN Tower lightshow which can also be viewed online. But what is there to do and what is actually open for Torontonians with the day off to celebrate the nation’s birthday?
What is open Canada Day 2020 in Toronto:
- Splash pads are open.
- Outdoor swimming pools, except Summerville, Alexandra Park and Kiwanis due to ongoing repairs. Capacity will be limited to 25 per cent to ensure physical distancing and swimmers will be limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning.
- Wading pools on a location-by-location basis.
- Lifeguards are on duty at from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at: Bluffer’s Park Beach, Cherry/Clarke Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Sunnyside Beach and Woodbine Beach. On July 1 lifeguards will also be at: Centre Island Beach. Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Ward’s Island Beach.
- Toronto Islands are now open to the public. Tickets for ferries must be purchased online ahead of time to prevent overcrowding.
- Parks and green spaces. However, certain amenities such as playgrounds, play structures and outdoor exercise equipment are closed.
- List of amenities in City parks that are open: picnic shelters, fixed BBQs, soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks in parks, baseball diamonds and basketball courts, some public tennis courts and pickleball courts, lawn bowling and outdoor bocce.
- Ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking.
- Fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing.
- Off-leash dog parks.
- BMX locations and skateboard parks.
- Golf courses.
- Disc golf locations.
- Toronto Zoo’s Scenic Safari Drive Thru is open, but tickets must be purchased in advance online and are timed.
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada — open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with timed ticket purchases online.
- Aga Khan Museum — open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the purchase of a timed ticket online.
- Toronto Eaton Centre (open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- TTC will operate on a holiday schedule — with all TTC routes following a Sunday service schedule, but with an earlier start time of approximately 6:00 a.m. Any routes that do not normally operate on Sundays will not operate on the holiday.
- GO Transit — will operate on a Saturday schedule.
- Rabba Fine Foods.
- Some restaurant patios, depending on location.
- Public washrooms facilities.
- Family fireworks can be discharged on your private property without a permit on Canada Day, but must comply with the City of Toronto fireworks bylaws and the requirements to be aware of surroundings. Residents are asked not to discharge fireworks where they may be a nuisance, pose a risk of fire, injury or damage to any person or property. City of Toronto bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.
What’s closed in Toronto Canada Day 2020:
- Banks and government offices.
- Beer Store.
- Most grocery stores.
- Canada Post — no mail delivery
- Art Gallery of Ontario (but the AGO will reopen July 2 to members and annual pass holders, and then it will open starting July 23 to the public).
- Ontario Science Centre — closed since mid-March.
- Malls (except the Toronto Eaton Centre which is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- St. Lawrence Market.
- Toronto Public Library branches.
- Certain amenities at City parks and green spaces such as playgrounds, play structures and outdoor exercise equipment are closed.
- High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm — closed since mid-March.
While many of our in-person #CanadaDay celebrations had to be cancelled this year, I am delighted that we will still be able to come together online as part of the @CityofToronto’s #CanadaDay2020 festivities,” said Mayor Tory on Twitter. Learn more about this fun-filled program at: http://toronto.ca/canadaday.