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.