Canada Day at the East York Parade and Stan Wadlow Park

Two traditional Canada Day events in Toronto are the East York Canada Day Parade, followed by festivities in Stan Wadlow Park. My wife and I took photos in the morning and early afternoon of July 1, 2015. Of course, celebrating Canada Day is an annual summer event in many parts of Toronto.

Before the East York Canada Day Parade

"Canada Day in Toronto at Cosburn and Woodbine" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Canada Day in Toronto at Cosburn and Woodbine” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Looking south along Woodbine at Cosburn, we see a growing crowd waiting for this Canada Day parade. At this time, the roads were being closed to most traffic; the final vehicles had a work crew and road closure fences.

"Awaiting their 2015 Canada Day Parade in Toronto" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Awaiting their 2015 Canada Day Parade in Toronto” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Linda found a crowd farther north along Woodbine Avenue. Many East York residents walk a few blocks to watch the parade.

Starting the 2015 East York Canada Day Parade

"Glimpse of the Canada Day Parade Leaders" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Glimpse of the Canada Day Parade Leaders” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Police and fire vehicles lead the parade, finally glimpsed in the distance beyond the police officer.

"Fire Truck in the East York Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Fire Truck in the East York Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Here is the fire truck, the second vehicle in this parade.

Have you ever seen a military accordion band? Neither had I.

"A military accordion band in the Canada Day parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“A military accordion band in the Canada Day parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Floats and Marchers in the Canada Day Parade

The parade had some floats along with the marching bands.

"Hillbillies parading with their raccoon" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Hillbillies parading with their raccoon” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Here are some hillbillies (calling themselves “hillbillys”). Note the raccoon near the rear end of the float.

Of course, Toronto can never forget the glorious 1967 Stanley Cup victory; the last time the Maple Leaf team had won the NHL championship.

"Remember the 1967 Stanley Cup Parade" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Remember the 1967 Stanley Cup Parade” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Of course, Toronto can never forget the glorious 1967 Stanley Cup victory; the last time the Maple Leaf team had won the NHL championship.

"Boy Scouts in the Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Boy Scouts in the Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

We also saw a float dedicated to Scouting.

"EMS Dogs and EMS Workers in the Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“EMS Dogs and EMS Workers in the Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

EMS employs dogs as well as humans, it would seem.

"Shriners Mini-Cars in the Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Shriners Mini-Cars in the Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The Shriners entertained with their mini-car driving prowess.

Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day 2015

This first photo shows the view from just south of Stan Wadlow Park.

"Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The baseball infield on the left hosted the main stage for musicians and politicians… unfortunately hidden behind the white tent. My wife and I had gotten there quickly after the parade had wrapped up, so we didn’t have to wait long for our hotdog and hamburger.

"Midway Rides at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Midway Rides at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The midway was at the north end of the park. There were more rides than this, but I liked this view from above.

Well, I was not above the Ferris wheel.

"Ferris Wheel at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Ferris Wheel at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

We did not stay for the evening’s fireworks; but that’s another story.

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Canada Day Fireworks and Festivals in the GTA for 2015

Many of the cities of the Greater Toronto Area celebrate Canada Day with fireworks displays and other festivals or special events. Here are some suggestions for your Canada Day 2015 in the GTA: July 1, 2015.

"Map for Milne Dam Conservation Area in Markham" image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Milne Dam Conservation Area in Markham” image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

Canada Day in Mississauga and its Suburbs

Naturally Mississauga celebrates Canada Day in Celebration Square (300 City Centre Drive). Main stage entertainment begins at 2pm, with opening ceremonies at 4, and more music until the free fireworks display at 10:20pm.

Other events at the Square but away from the main stage include acrobatics and trampoline exhibitions, and face painting for the children. Gourmet food trucks will offer churros, corn and cotton candy… and that’s just the “C’s”.

Get more details on the Mississauga Canada Day page; and then click on the obvious links for Celebration Square events as well as those in the ‘burbs.

Fireworks and Festivals in Mississauga’s ‘Burbs

You could stay in Malton for fireworks, as well as “pre-firework entertainment” from 5pm. The whole show should wrap by 11pm.

Head for the Westwood Mall (7205 Goreway Dr.; west of Hwy 427 and north of Derry Road).

“Paint the town red” in Port Credit. Start with the Hazel McCallion Parade at 11am on Lakeshore from Stavebank to Seneca. Bring your children to Memorial Park for the Dunsire Kids Zone from 1pm. Stay there for music until the free fireworks begin at 10pm.

And if you want to celebrate Canada Day in Port Credit outside of Memorial Park, that page has lots of other suggestions.

And for Canada Day 2015 in Streetsville, start partying in the Streetsville Memorial Park at 6pm. The fireworks begin at 10pm. The park is east of Queen St. and south of Main St.

The City of Vaughan Hosts its 2015 Canada Day Celebrations

Vaughan hosts Canada Day celebrations in Mackenzie Glen District Park (220 Cranston Park Ave.), with free family events including live concerts from 3-8pm.

Although you can’t park on site, there will be food vendors and special activities for the children. It seems there will be no fireworks in Vaughan, either.

Check more details at the Vaughan 2015 Canada Day page.

The City of Markham Starts Canada Day with Lunch

Who says there’s no free lunch… if you’re a senior citizen of Markham, Ontario on Canada Day 2015… and you’ve called 905-477-5530 to reserve your seat at Le Parc (8432 Leslie St., at Hwy 7) for 11:45pm.

Most events, however, take place at the Milne Dam Conservation Area (east side of McCowan Rd., and south of Hwy 7). Free children’s activities and all-ages entertainment start at 3pm. Official ceremonies are at 4:30pm, probably after the People’s Parade arrives from McCowan and Hwy 7.

The fireworks begin around 10pm.

You can’t park at the conservation area for this event; instead park at the Markville Shopping Centre and take the free shuttle bus. Shuttle bus service continues until about midnight; don’t be the Cinderella who leaves too late and misses her ride.

Learn more from the Canada Day 2015 in Markham page.

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Official Canada Day Fireworks Displays in Toronto

It’s time to learn where to find the official Canada Day fireworks displays in Toronto for 2015. Every year on July 1st, Canadians celebrate this national holiday with fireworks or other displays of patriotism.

"Map for Stan Wadlow Park in Toronto" image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Stan Wadlow Park in Toronto” image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

A Free Fireworks Display Closes Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square in North York

For north Toronto, Mel Lastman Square is the place for free fireworks display to finish off Canada Day celebrations.

The evening starts at 5pm with the Zero Gravity Circus, as well as face painting for the children. Free music, from a capella doo-wop through Jamaican blues and jazz to salsa provide the entertainment until fireworks at about 10:15pm.

The North York station on the #1 Yonge subway line is the obvious way to get there.

See “Special Events in Toronto on Canada Day” for more details.

Free Fireworks on Canada Day at Ashbridges Bay

I watch the free Canada Day fireworks display from Woodbine Park, just north of Ashbridges Bay. This saves a few steps across Lake Shore Blvd East at Coxwell Ave., and there’s great lines of sight to watch the fireworks burst above the trees.

In fact, Q107 hosts its Canada Day Picnic at Woodbine Park, starting at noon. They promise “food, fun and good tunes”. And you’re in the right spot for the closing fireworks just to the south.

Ashbridges Bay Park is on the south side of Lake Shore. Follow the crowds along the paved trail south, to get up close and personal with the fireworks display.

The usual start time is about 9:30pm. Get there early! It’s always sad to see the cars slowly crawling down Coxwell. Roads get closed since drivers would be distracted by the booms and sparks; and parking spots fill up long before sunset.

The TTC provides extra bus service along Coxwell Ave. for the evening, to connect north to the #2 Bloor/Danforth subway line. Or take the 501 Queen streetcar east/west. Cycling along the Martin Goodman Trail is a fine option, but be sure to have your lights for your return home; and pack plenty of patience until the pedestrians disperse.

See the “Beaches Living Guide Event Listings” for details about both the Ashbridges Bay fireworks and the Stan Wadlow Park celebrations.

Fireworks Finishes the East York Canada Day Celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park

The Canada Day celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park in East York is a local gem that starts at noon .

Stan Wadlow Park is at 888 Cosburn Ave., east from Woodbine Ave. It’s south of O’Connor Drive but well north of Danforth Ave. Take the 91 Woodbine (North) bus from the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway line.

Free Fireworks Display at Various Toronto Parks

(Added June 30, 2015). 680 News reports a number of fireworks displays that I had missed. Let’s tackle these in alphabetical order.

Amesbury Park (Lawrence Ave. W., just west of Keele) offers a strongman competition, plus other activities. Last year, they started with tea at 10am, children’s activities from 11am, and began their musical entertainment around 2pm. Fireworks at 10pm (or 9:45pm, last year) complete the day.

Finish digesting your BBQ’d ribs at Centennial Park (off Eglinton West, west of Renforth) by watching fireworks at about 10pm.

Downsview Park (near Keele and Sheppard) with its fireworks display on Canada Day at about 10pm.

Lion’s Park (2125 Lawrence Ave. W., between Scarlett and Weston) begins celebrating Canada Day at 5pm. The fireworks display should begin around 10pm.

Milliken Park (McCowan just south of Steeles) launches fireworks “at dusk” to finish Scarborough’s Canada Day celebrations. (You could start with pancakes in Thompson Memorial Park).

Pay for your Fireworks Display at Canada’s Wonderland on Canada Day

If you’ve made a day of the holiday at Canada’s Wonderland, stick around for the fireworks at Wonder Mountain. That show starts around 10pm.

Canada’s Wonderland explains more at “Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland”.

Harbourfront Fireworks are for the Early Birds

(Added June 29, 2015). I almost forgot that Harbourfront hosts a free fireworks display one night early, on June 30th. Their 20-minute show will start around 10pm (or so… possibly starting as late as 10:40pm according to a 680 News report).

Harbourfront Centre is at 235 Queens Quay West. Take the 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina streetcars from the Union Station stop on the #1 Yonge/University subway, or cycle along the Martin Goodman Trail with its newly-reopened Queen’s Quay section.

Harbourfront Centre has a bit more information on its Canada Day at Harbourfront page.

What about Canada Day 2015 in the GTA?

Canada Day Fireworks and Festivals in the GTA for 2015” is another article altogether.

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