Tuesday, June 28, 2011

GCBB - Canada Day in Scarborough

I'm not sure what happened to June, but it seems to have come and gone awfully quickly.  (I really hope that July and August don't follow suit!!) Wherever it went, it is now just about time to get together and celebrate Canada's 144th birthday, this Friday, July 1.  My family will be heading out to our friends' cottage for the long weekend, as we do every year. We always have a fabulous time, with campfires and fireworks and tubing down the river. The kids run wild and the adults enjoy the relaxation.  I wouldn't change this tradition for the world, but it does mean that we miss a number of Canada Day celebrations back home.  For those of you who will be in the area, I thought I'd bring together a few ideas of things to do in Scarborough to mark the occasion.

Running Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3, Scarborough-based Rotary Clubs are hosting a Canada Day International Festival and Ribfest. Music and dance from around the world, karaoke competitions, midway rides, ribs and a beer tent. I am always a big fan of Rotary Ribfests and this one sounds like a load of fun.  Free parking and free admission, this four-day event will be held at the corner of Kennedy Rd and McNicoll Ave. at L'Amoreaux Park.

Scarborough's 44th annual Canada Day celebrations in David and Mary Thomson Memorial Park (Brimley & Lawrence) runs from 10:00am - 4:00pm. A free pancake breakfast will be followed by a day of music and entertainment, including bouncy castles and a kids' craft area. The Scarborough Canada Day parade begins at 4:00pm, starting at the Scarborough Civic Centre and working its way down Brimley and around the park to David & Mary Thomson CI by about 5:30pm. Clowns, marching bands, antique cars and Miss Toronto will be there.

While at the park, why not visit the Scarborough Museum, where they will be holding an event called Cake It Up Canada! from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be a pie-eating contest, historic treats, and a speakers corner where you can share your joy of being Canadian. The Museum will be selling strawberries with ice cream and peameal bacon sandwiches as a fundraiser. Admission is by donation.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 will be holding another Canada Day parade in East Scarborough, starting at 11am. It ends at the Legion building on Lawson Rd, where there will be a fun day of music and activities until 6:00pm.

And what's Canada Day without fireworks? In Scarborough, the fireworks display will be at Milliken Park (McCowan and Steeles), as soon as it gets dark.

The City of Toronto website also indicates that all of the city-run outdoor pools and wading pools will be open on Canada Day for your enjoyment. Why not check out your local for a chance to cool down? 

Information on more Canada Day activities across Toronto can be found through the city's website, and through InsideToronto.com.

And if you find yourself tucked away in the house for a break from the action and heat, you may want to check out this Canada Day themed site for the kids.

Happy Birthday Canada! I'll be raising a toast (or three) while we fire off our own fireworks on the river.


  1. Anonymous9:42 pm

    Sounds like your Canada Day will be a blast. What a lovely -- and very Canadian -- tradition, spending the day at a cottage. Great ideas here for other families too.
    We're spending the day at an annual family pool party at the home of some friends. Fingers crossed for sunshine!!

  2. Sounds like an awesome way to spend Canada day! Thanks so much for joining TGCBB! Happy Canada Day!

  3. Cheers to that! lol sounds like a really fun way to celebrate the holiday! Thanks for taking part in TGCBB

  4. Hi there, we had our fireworks on Monday and it was great! I can only imagine Toronto's, I'll have to catch them one day!

    Well, happy hopping and thanks so much for linking up!


  5. Ahh there is something to be said for sitting by the lake on a gorgeous Canada day or making smores by the fire. Enjoy your weekend to the fullest. Thanks for joining #TGCBB!!

  6. Enjoy your Canada Day W/E...new twitter and GFC follower from TGCBB


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