Is it time to take a break from your home search and relax? With the long weekend just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to spend time with your family and loved ones.
This year Canada rings in its sesquicentennial, and there’s no shortage of events across the city, from live music to children’s entertainment. Of course, fireworks are a staple part of the celebrations and you’ll see the colourful displays (and hear the familiar crackling) from sundown onwards. You can bet that many Canadians will be out in full force to take in the evening light shows. Events are planned at major public parks across the city, including Downsview Park, Ashbridges Bay Park and Nathan Phillips Square. Check out our list of the best, but if you’re looking for something a little different, check out our list of the best places to sit back, relax and take in the night’s sky.
Toronto has its fair share of green space, and many of our parks are home to stunning views of the city skyline and the fireworks taking place on Canada Day. So grab a lawn chair, some blankets and a few snacks and make your way to one of these top-notch viewing spots.
Where to watch Canada Day fireworks in Toronto
- 155 Bayview Avenue
Toronto’s newest park is also home so some of the best views in the city. Located in the Waterfront Communities C8 neighbourhood, Corktown Common is just a short walk away from the newly developed Canary District and has spectacular views of both the waterfront and the downtown core.
Riverdale Park East
- 550 Broadview Avenue
Ever take the Broadview streetcar and noticed the stunning view of the downtown just south of the Danforth? We can’t recommend this enough, but if you have you’ll know that Riverdale Park East has one of the best views of the Toronto skyline. Take some lawn chairs, or take a seat on the grass, and take in the fireworks to the west.
- 1200 Lansdowne Avenue
Located close to Regal Heights (the neighbourhood famed for its sloped streets and gorgeous views of the city), Earlscourt Park is known by locals as the go-to place to catch the sunset. So it’s no surprise that this 12.6-hectare park is an ideal spot to catch the Canada Day celebrations. This is a good spot to bring the whole family, and cozy up with a blanket and lawn chairs.
- 1 Brimley Road South
The views from the Scarborough Bluffs are great all year round, with people flocking to this beautiful escarpment by the water. This Cliffcrest neighbourhood park is part of a collection of green space and beaches by the waterfront, and there are plenty of things to do leading up to the fireworks show. Check out the hiking trails, or grab your sunscreen and head to the sandy beach for an afternoon swim.
Martin Goodman Trail
- Various locations along Toronto’s waterfront
Not sure where you’d like to end up for the big night? Why not take a wander along the Martin Goodman Trail and enjoy the city skyline from the water’s edge. This 57-kilometre trail is perfect for an evening stroll (or bike ride!). There are plenty of benches and other spots to sit and admire the show while you travel along the well-maintained path.
Honourable Mention: Hanlan’s Point Beach
Save this one for next year. Flooding on the island will prevent anyone from watching the Canada Day fireworks from Hanlan’s Point Beach this year, but save this idea for next year. It’s a great spot to catch the light show. You’ll be far enough away from Toronto that you might think you’re at the cottage. Plus the lack surrounding light from the city makes the show seem that much brighter. Pack a bottle of wine and a blanket, and curl up under the stars.
Looking for a full day of events leading up to the fireworks? Check out these spots for family-friendly activities to ring in Canada Day.
- 1507 Lawrence Avenue West
The fireworks show at Amesbury Park starts at 10 pm., after a day of live music and entertainment. This Brookhaven-Amesbury neighbourhood park will host a flea market, musical entertainment and games for the kids.
Mel Lastman Square
- 5100 Yonge Street
Starting at 2 pm., a varied set of musical acts will take the stage. Ranging from Persian funk to Indigenous hip-hop, you’ll find something for everyone at this popular North York spot. There will also be family-oriented programming, including outdoor theatre and circus arts. The fireworks show starts at 10:55 pm.
Thomson Memorial Park
- 1005 Brimley Road
Start your Canada Day with a pancake breakfast in the morning, followed by food trucks, kids programming and vendors. There’s even a slow-pitch game for the senior attendees. The fireworks get underway at 10 pm.