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2014 Civic Holiday Festivals in Toronto

The Civic Holiday weekend signals many annual Toronto events each summer. Some of us salute John Graves Simcoe as we head for Simcoe Day events in Toronto on the first Monday of August. Let’s start with specific events at several Toronto museums, and then note the return of major festivals.

The links to official web sites are near the end of this article.

"Tall Ships in Toronto at Harbourfront" image by Numinosity (Gary J Wood)

"Tall Ships in Toronto at Harbourfront" image by Numinosity (Gary J Wood)

Three Museums in Toronto Celebrate the 2014 Civic Holiday

All of the museums in Toronto host some great events at a very low cost. Often these are geared for families with children. Here are three Civic Holiday events at Toronto museums.

Simcoe Day 2014 at Gibson House

Gibson House honours Simcoe Day on Mon. Aug. 4, 2014, from noon to 3pm. The festivities include games, home-made ice cream, and children’s craft activities… but only if the child brings an adult along.

Gibson House is at 5172 Yonge St., where Park Home Ave. and Empress Ave. cross Yonge St.  It’s north of Sheppard and just north from the North York Centre station on the #1 Yonge subway line. Obviously, the TTC is the better way to get there, on their holiday/Sunday schedule and family pass fares. Admission to Gibson House is pay what you can for Simcoe Day 2014.

2014 Simcoe Day at the Spadina Museum

The Spadina Museum will also note Simcoe Day on Monday, but for a bit longer. From noon through 5pm, they will repeat a half-hour themed tour to “meet the Austins”.

Regular admission is under $10/person. 285 Spadina Road is around the corner from Casa Loma, north of Davenport and south of St. Clair West. It’s a bit of a walk to St. Clair, as I remember from running the Goodlife Toronto Marathon along this street; but it’s a steep walk to Davenport.

Montgomery’s Inn for a Civic Holiday Play

Montgomery’s Inn presents Romeo and Juliet al fresco from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3, 2014 at 7pm. Pay what you can and BYO (bring your own) lawn chair. Enjoy Shakespeare’s timeless play about the star-crossed lovers “under the stars”.

Montgomery’s Inn is at 4709 Dundas St. W., just east of Islington and surprisingly close to Montgomery Road. Coincidence? I think not!

Island Soul at Harbourfront Centre for the 2014 Civic Holiday

If memory serves, Harbourfront Centre has presented both Island Soul and the Festival Kompa Zouk for several years during the Civic Holiday weekend. Certainly these are on tap from Aug. 1-3.

Island Soul includes soca with Ballet Creole’s Spirit of Carnaval opening for Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah at the WestJet Stage on Friday Aug. 1 at 8pm. Tickets for this event are $20 and up.

The Dance Caribe Performing Company performs for free on Saturday Aug. 2 on the Redpath Stage, but only for half an hour starting at 9pm.

The family can participate in the Oware Games at Harbourfront for free! The dates are Aug. 2 (3-5pm) and Aug. 4 (1-4pm) at Zone 5. (Oware, Warri or Ware is a “pit and pebble” game, most popular in Ghana).

On Sunday Aug. 3, Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents drumming with Tamsir Seck of Senegal [Free: noon-12:30pm only Sunday]; as well as a visual arts display “connected through the root of Haitian creativity”. Free Aug. 1-4, 2014 (7-11pm Fri.; noon-8pm Sat. & Sun.; noon-6pm on Monday, Simcoe Day or the Ontario Civic Holiday).

In fact, the Harbourfront events calendar lists a lot more free events for this Civic Holiday weekend.

Harbourfront’s official address is 235 Queen’s Quay West. The above venues are close to that spot. For those of us who like a little walk, the easiest route is to walk south-west from Union Station. Currently road construction challenges anyone trying to drive there; and the TTC will be a bit slow too. Cyclists should consider taking the Martin Goodman Trail.

The Caribbean Carnival is the Annual Summer Event in Toronto

At least, my guess is that the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival attracts the most tourists as well as the most residents. Plus, the assorted events last for about a month. Let’s focus on the least expensive activities for Carnival during the Simcoe Day weekend in Toronto.

The Grand Parade, the most spectacular highlight for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, struts on Saturday Aug. 2. The organizers schedule “9am to 6pm”, but my impression is that it will start on Caribbean time. You can pay a lot to attend inside the CNE grounds where the parade begins. However, the organizers claim that it is both “free” and “ticketed”. To see the parade for free, I’d go to Jameson and Lakeshore Blvd, then head east until the crowd thickens or I’m asked to pay admission. Bring your canteen; cash for food and drink; and protect yourself from sunburn.

On Sunday Aug. 3, head for the Toronto Islands for Carnival Island. Besides the ferry fare, the lowest admission price is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The festivities should begin around noon. Expect music… a lot of music.

The Civic Holiday at Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge-Dundas Square hosted these two 1-day events last year during the Civic Holiday, so they count as “free annual events in Toronto”.

On Friday Aug. 1, from 8-10pm, KC Roberts & The Live Revolution will perform “vintage music (funk, jazz, rock)”.

On Saturday Aug. 2, Voices of the Nations presents Christian music and worship from a variety of cultures. They do feature African, Asian, Caribbean and Latino influences. The event should run from noon-10pm but Yonge-Dundas Square didn’t admit it; I had to check the Voices web site.

Both events are free; so is “fountain day” on Monday. Yonge-Dundas Square is named for its intersection; use the #1 (Yonge) subway or the Dundas streetcar to get there.

TD Irie Music Festival in Toronto

Another Toronto Civic Holiday tradition is the TD Irie Music Festival, taking place from Aug. 1-4 at Nathan Phillips Square.

Friday features soca from 7pm. On Saturday, new artists take the stage from 3pm, and reggae from 8:30pm. On Sunday, it’s mainly dance from 3:30pm, until Etana the Strong One performs from 8:30pm. On Monday, the TD Irie Music Festival closes with a tribute show at 7:30pm.

The TD Irie Music Festival also pops up in Mississauga’s Celebration Square on Aug. 23-24.

Links to Official Web Sites for these 2014 Civic Holiday Festivals

Here’s my list of references. Note that some will be updated from year to year.

May I present my three unofficial backlinks to the 2013 Simcoe Day festivals and events. Some of them are outside Toronto, such as the annual Simcoe Day fireworks in Niagara Falls.

Looking for More Annual Events or a Holiday in Toronto Canada?

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My blog tracks many of the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, and provides ideas for fascinating, free or frugal things to do in Toronto. I especially like to cover summer attractions and special events in Toronto Canada; but especially for Canadian holidays.

Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. However, DeHaan Services does write web site or advertising copy for clients. Our skills are demonstrated in online articles in Decoded Science, Decoded Pregnancy and other online sites. That’s why DeHaan Services highlights those online articles on this site.

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Salsa, BIG on Bloor, Chinatown and Youth Day 2014 in Toronto

Would you rather salsa on St. Clair, go big on Bloor St., check out the Chinatown festival or attend Youth Day 2014 in Toronto this weekend? Oh, well, if you’d rather attend the Toronto Honda Indy or just learn to Live Green in Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, be my guest. These are all terrific annual Toronto summer events, ready to roll this coming weekend.

"Salsa Dancers in Bangkok" image by Bailaqui (Bailaqui Apps)
“Salsa Dancers in Bangkok” image by Bailaqui (Bailaqui Apps)

The Salsa in Toronto Festival 2014

The Toronto Salsa Festival’s focus is on Sat. and Sun., July 19 and 20. The main stage performances start in the early afternoon, with dancers, Zumba, and live music. Explore the Latin American food and culture, including the De Colores art exhibition at Galleria 814 (814 St. Clair Ave. West at Atlas St., half-way between Dufferin and Vaughan).

Experience the “Salsa in Toronto Festival” anywhere along St. Clair Ave. West between Winona and Christie on Sat. and Sun., July 19-20, 2014. Take the TTC, please and thanks; St. Clair will be closed along that stretch, and parking spaces will be scarce. The best bet is the St. Clair West subway station from the #1 (Spadina branch of the Yonge-University-Spadina line).

This is the second year in a row that I’ve mentioned “The 2013 Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival in Toronto“.

The BIG on Bloor Festival 2014 in Toronto

First, let’s clear up the acronym. BIG means “Bloor Improvement Group”. While it may seem to be a variation on the “Business Improvement Area”, or BIA, it includes not-for-profit community development organizations, schools, artists, politicians also.

The “BIG on Bloor Festival in Toronto” offers more than the usual “taste of the street”… although “Savour Bloor” does offer choices from African to Vietnamese alphabetically. There are community service awards, the BAAF arts program spanning a range of visual and performance arts, as well as interactive opportunities for children and adults.

The 2014 BIG on Bloor Festival in Toronto runs Sat. & Sun., July 19-20, on Bloor St. West between Landsdowne Ave. and Dufferin St. I’d expect the road to be closed both days. Obviously, use the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway.

I’d mentioned BIG on Bloor a couple years ago, in “Summerlicious 2012 Hosted by Top Toronto Restaurants“.

The 2014 Toronto Chinatown Festival

The “2014 Toronto Chinatown Festival” centres on Dundas St. West between Beverley and Spadina, but includes a bit of Huron St. from Dundas north a short block to D’Arcy St. It uses this same weekend, running noon-11pm on Sat. and 11am-8pm on Sun.

Of course they offer food! Plus entertainment, and activities ranging from the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)’s Activity Hub through face painting and a rather mysterious Toronto Zoo booth conveniently near the First Aid booth.

Once again, the subway should be your ride to the 2014 Chinatown Festival in Toronto.

And it’s the second mention for Toronto Chinatown, following “Richard III, Afro Caribbean or Chinatown in Toronto for 2013“.

Youth Day at Yonge-Dundas Square

Perhaps the “2014 Youth Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto” should just be called “YD at YD”. This annual festival in Toronto is free to attend for art, dance, music, and visual arts; with a focus on youth achievement in these areas of endeavour.

Youth Day only takes place on Sun. July 20, from 11am-11pm. It closes Yonge St. from Shuter St. to Dundas St.

The 2014 Toronto Honda Indy

My only comment for the “2014 Toronto Honda Indy” is that they had hoped to minimize their impact on road closures. Obviously, those who race Indy cars on Lake Shore Blvd in and around the CNE grounds, must keep the rest of us off their street. Their ticket prices put them out of the price range for this blog; but this is indeed another annual Toronto summer event.

The Bible of Road Closures in Toronto

Well, actually this link is the often-updated “Toronto Road Restriction Report (PDF)“, published by Toronto City Hall. It’s usually correct, or at least, pretty helpful in trying to predict whether an annual street festival in Toronto will shut down traffic or not.

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Live Green Toronto Festival 2014 at Yonge-Dundas Square

Where can you learn how to live green in Toronto? Don’t just learn; have fun with your children and buy green products at the Live Green Toronto Festival 2014 at Yonge-Dundas Square.

"Yonge Dundas Square in repose" by nicblockley
“Yonge Dundas Square in repose” by nicblockley

What’s On at the 2014 Live Green Festival in Toronto?

A popular annual summer event in Toronto, the Live Green Festival celebrates “all things green” with a tremendous range of events and opportunities crammed into one day.

It’s no surprise that the Green Street Market will include vendors promoting eco-friendly products including transportation alternatives. Compare your Zipcar, car2go and AutoShare options; and contrast with ezriders electric bicycles. Go beyond transportation: do you know about natural cleaning products and ways to make your home more energy efficient? Non-profit organizations, such as Green Dupatta that promotes urban gardening, can advise and assist you in making your eco-project a reality. Explore a variety of beauty, fashion, food and health products that aim to be green.

And of course, the Live Green Toronto organization will be on hand. Ask them about the City of Toronto’s programs for greening your home, neighbourhood and business. Get your Live Green Toronto membership card for discounts from some of the vendors at the Festival.

The children’s programming alternates between hula hoop and sing-along activities during the afternoon, plus the Envirodrum event at 4pm.

Enjoy the free live performances starting from 11am with the Essencia Arts Collective on the main stage. Later performances, both at this venue and also on the community stage, focus on music. The community stage’s final performance begins at 5:30pm with Womyn of Indigo; while on the main stage Mia Martina starts singing at 8pm. (Mind you… they claim to wrap up the rest of the Live Green Toronto Festival at 8pm, so you’d better do your research and shopping before that time).

Nostalgia lovers could compare what I wrote in “July 2012 Live Green Toronto Festival on Downtown Yonge“. Can you spot what changed?

The Where and When of the 2014 Live Green Toronto Festival

The Live Green Toronto Festival 2014 will be held at Yonge-Dundas Square. Is Yonge-Dundas Square truly at Yonge and Dundas? Yes, right on the #1 (Yonge) subway line and the 505 Dundas streetcar route. The official address is 1 Dundas St. East.

The Live Green Festival is also a street event along Yonge Street.

Yonge St. will be closed to cars from Edward St. to Queen St. from 6:30am to midnight. (Edward St. is a block north of Dundas St. to the west; Gould St., a bit north of Edward, heads east). So take the TTC or bicycle to the 2014 Live Green Festival in Toronto.

The 2014 Live Green Toronto Festival runs one day only, on Sat. July 19 from 11am to 8pm.

Here’s the official Live Green Toronto Festival 2014 web site. Although Toronto road closure information (PDF) gets updated regularly, but just search that document for “Live Green Festival”.

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Find Two 2014 Triathlon Events in Toronto

Two major triathlon events return to Toronto in 2014. In July, we host the Toronto Triathlon Festival. The Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend, in August, is organized by a completely different promoter.

Where can you watch these triathlon events in Toronto? And what specific disciplines will be on display?

"Triathlon Transition Zone in St. Kilda" image by pfctdayelise (Brianna Laugher)
“Triathlon Transition Zone in St. Kilda” image by pfctdayelise (Brianna Laugher)

The Toronto Triathlon Festival in July 2014

The media will probably note that the Toronto Triathlon Festival will shut down parts of the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway for part of July 13, 2014.

This annual summer Toronto event has participants swimming from Ontario Place to the mainland, cycling on the Gardiner and DVP, and running along the Martin Goodman Trail south of the CNE.

The Toronto Triathlon Festival disciplines are individual and relay formats for each of the Olympic distance and sprint distance.

The Olympic distance requires a 1500m swim, 40Km bike ride, and 10Km run. This is the discipline in which Simon Whitfield won his Olympic gold medal. The organizers have invited Whitfield to provide some inspirational coaching to the competitors as part of this weekend festival.

The sprint distance offers a 750m swim, 20Km bike ride, and 5Km run.

The relay formats allow two or three athletes to specialize in the swim, bike or run portions of a race.

Spectators can watch parts of the event from a variety of locations. The focal point is Ontario Place, just south of the CNE. I would take the TTC to Coronation Park, and walk west along the Martin Goodman Trail. Watch the swim as well as the transitions from swim to bike and from bike to run in this vicinity.

The northern limit of the bike segment is the DVP at Eglinton; and the Gardiner is closed east from the South Kingsway. The westernmost run is the Martin Goodman Trail (Lakeshore West) at the South Kingsway.

Let’s remember that the 40Km bike ride requires the combined stretch of DVP from Eglinton to Gardiner at South Kingsway… twice. Imagine a few hundred competitors trying to race eight loops of a 5Km portion of the Martin Goodman trail by bicycle! They need the distance on a safe roadway.

On Sat. July 12, the “Pan Am Cup” race for elite women begins at 7:00am; the elite men’s begins at 9:30am. (Updated July 12, 2014): On July 11, 680News reported a road closure on eastbound Lake Shore Blvd from Parkside Dr. to Newfoundland Rd. until 1pm. That’s about 4Km one way, so my guess is the cycling leg for the elite race will bike five full laps (or six laps of 3.3-ish Km) distance for the Olympic discipline. Remembrance Dr. is also closed, possibly as a transition area.

The freeway closures are only scheduled for Sunday, according to the Toronto City Hall road closures page, for the rest of the races which start at 6:50am for the Olympic distance and duathlon. Other races begin later that morning.

Join the Finish Line Festival at Coronation Park, just east of the CNE grounds and south of Lakeshore, later on Sunday. The organizers haven’t posted their detailed plans, but last year included family-friendly attractions including pro sports, police and fire services representatives.

Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend in August 2014

Mainstream media will pay much less attention to the Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend on August 23 and 24, 2014. Their competition is confined to the Toronto Islands, with little impact on the rest of the city. Toronto Island Ferry service will start early to accommodate the competitive schedule for this event.

The Toronto Island Triathlon disciplines are give-it-a-tri, sprint triathlon, duathlon and sprint duathlon. The give-it-a-tri distance will likely require a 400m swim, 10Km bike ride and a 2500m run.

Note that these distances are much shorter than the Olympic distance for the Toronto Triathlon Festival, so these disciplines can indeed squeeze onto the Toronto Islands.

Spectators will want to follow this link to the City of Toronto’s official Toronto Islands Ferry Schedule page. Other than that: pack a picnic and some beach chairs, take the ferry and enjoy watching the competition.

On Sat. Aug. 23, the give-it-a-tri starts at 8am. Sunday’s races also begin at 8am. Remember to get to the ferry dock with plenty of time to spare! And the subway never starts nearly that early on Sundays.

Some Official Online References for these 2014 Triathlon Events in Toronto

The official online sites for these two Toronto triathlon events have extra information; here are some links.

Spectators for the July triathlons will find “Toronto Triathlon Festival Unique Downtown Course” the most useful official web page, with links to maps for each discipline. The Toronto Triathlon Festival home page outlines the whole weekend and provides lots more detail.

The Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend has one major page. I also found the Multisport Canada Race Distances page really useful for triathletes across Ontario. And you can click on the Race Distances page’s logo to go to their home page.

Newer triathletes should find that both sites are worth exploring, to learn more about entering triathlon competitions.

I’d written about these Toronto triathlons in previous years; for example:

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Ideas for a Toronto Vacation or Staycation

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Find Toronto Fireworks for Canada Day 2014

Where to find fireworks on Canada Day 2014 in Toronto? Here are six seven sites offering Canada Day fireworks displays in Toronto. (Updated June 30, 2014): Now including Mel Lastman Square for Canada Day fireworks.

All these annual summer Toronto events offer free admission, except for Canada’s Wonderland. All run on Tuesday July 1, Canada Day, except for Harbourfront.

All the official online references are in a paragraph towards the end of this article.

"Fireworks" image by Karen Blaha (Vironevaeh)
“Fireworks” image by Karen Blaha (Vironevaeh)

The Early Bird of Canada Day Fireworks at Harbourfront

Harbourfront jumps the gun with a fireworks display on June 30, 2014 at 10:40pm at Canada Square (235 Queen’s Quay West).

Two barges out on Lake Ontario serve as the launch site for the OLG Canada Eve Fireworks show, which are set to music.

Give yourself lots of time to get there, since Queen’s Quay is still under construction. It’s an short “walk south on York Street from Union Station”, and west a bit along Queen’s Quay. Or take a bus along the 509 streetcar route from Union Station, the southernmost point on the #1 (Yonge-University) subway line.

Centennial Park Hosts Ribs and Fireworks for 2014 Canada Day

Toronto Ribfest begins in Centennial Park on Friday June 27 and runs through the holiday weekend. The Rotary Club offers BBQ beyond simple ribs, as well as free live music. Kids will enjoy the magic shows, face painting, and rides.

The fireworks launch on July 1st at 10pm at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The park is bounded by Eglinton Ave. West, Centennial Park Blvd, Rathburn and Centennial Park Road.

Milliken Park on Canada Day

Milliken Park’s Canada Day fireworks begin at dusk on July 1st; the earliest time on July 1. The park is at 5555 Steeles Ave East; its boundaries include McCowan, Steeles, Middlefield and several smaller streets on the south.

Ashbridges Bay Park and Woodbine Park: Double-Header in the Beach Neighbourhood on Canada Day

(This section was updated on June 28, 2014). I usually attend Canada Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park,  at Coxwell and south of Lake Shore Blvd East. Fireworks begin at 10pm. With the delays on the 501 Queen streetcar due to construction at Broadview, I’d take the #2 (Bloor-Danforth) subway line and the southbound 22 Coxwell bus to Queen Street.

My big advice is to take transit. We always walk a few blocks… and “we” means “hundreds of neighbours”. The streets are closed briefly for this event, so arrive with a few hours to spare.

How to pass those few hours? Enjoy the Q107 picnic in Woodbine Park, on the north side of Lake Shore. This picnic features live music from noon until the Ashbridges Bay fireworks; midway rides (mainly for children) and a beer garden (for the rest). My wife and I usually watch the fireworks from Woodbine Park anyway; the view is almost as good as from Ashbridges Bay.

Or enjoy the extra time by strolling the boardwalk just south of Toronto’s Eastern Beach neighbourhood. You will probably find more beach volleyball than you can watch from any one vantage point.

Amesbury Park Fireworks on Canada Day

Amesbury Park’s Canada Day fireworks display also starts at 10pm. Amesbury is at 1507 Lawrence Ave West; the park’s boundaries include Culford, Lawrence Ave. West, residences on Keele St., and smaller streets to the south.

However, their Canada Day celebrations start at 11AM. They include a BBQ, entertainment for children and adults, and a marketplace.

Stan Wadlow Park Fireworks Display

Stan Wadlow Park has the latest start time for their fireworks display, which only begin at 10:15pm. But like Amesbury, the festivities begin at 11AM. See the antique cars, enjoy the live entertainment, or dip in the swimming pool between noon and 7pm.

Stan Wadlow is at 373 Cedarvale Ave; bounded by Cedarvale, Cosburn, Haldon and Taylor Creek Park.

(Added June 30): Fireworks Display in Mel Lastman Square

Mel Lastman Square is slow to begin the 2014 Canada Day festivities, with a 5pm start time. The free agenda includes live music with Justin Rutledge and others; Zero Gravity Circus performing Circus Wonderland; activities for children; and fireworks. It’s not clear those doing children’s body art (face-painting, and Canadian flag “tattoos”) work gratis or charge; but you’d want to tip them, I’m sure.

Take the #1 (Yonge) subway to Mel Lastman Square at 5100 Yonge just north of Sheppard.

Canada’s Wonderland is an Exceptional Fireworks Venue on Canada Day

While all the City of Toronto parks are free to enter, you still have to pay admission to Canada’s Wonderland for their Canada Day fireworks display at 10pm.

Canada’s Wonderland is in the city of Vaughan, near Major Mackenzie and Hwy 400. This is the only venue I’ve noted where you have to pay admission. But Wonderland is also exceptional for hosting fireworks on a mountain… “Top that, Toronto”!

Previous Toronto Fireworks Displays

Last year I’d written: “Watch Fireworks in Toronto for Victoria Day 2013” and “Eleven Free Toronto GTA Fireworks Displays for Canada Day 2013“. The latter covered the GTA, not just Toronto; check it out for those municipalities.

Links to Official Sites for Toronto Fireworks for Canada Day 2014

Check these links for more details about the 2014 Canada Day fireworks displays in Toronto.

Did I miss any public fireworks displays in Toronto? Let me know!

While you can buy fireworks in Toronto, the city officially discourages people from lighting their own. That’s part of the reason for watching public fireworks; Toronto puts on a good show so you don’t have to take the risks.

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You can find more annual events for your vacation in Toronto Ontario; or for local residents wanting things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Ideas for a Toronto Vacation or Staycation

My blog notes many of the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, and provides ideas for fascinating, free or frugal things to do in Toronto. I especially like to cover summer attractions and special events in Toronto Canada; but especially for Canadian holidays.

CityPASS offers discount tickets to Toronto attractions, including Metro Toronto Zoo coupons. You buy the voucher online, print it and take it to your first destination; let’s say it’s the zoo. They give you the coupon booklet but remove the Metro Toronto Zoo discount tickets. Visit the next four attractions, where helpful staff relieve your booklet of tickets but leave you with the rest of the information. You save over $40 by spending about $70. The voucher is good for almost two years, but you have to use all the discount admission tickets within nine days. This is terrific for tourists looking for multiple things to do in Toronto, or for a hometown stay-cation: use discount tickets to Casa Loma, the CN Tower, the Metro Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum in a nine day adventure. That’s five things to do while vacationing in Toronto Canada, and at a bargain price thanks to the discount coupons.

Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. However, DeHaan Services does write web site or advertising copy for clients. Our skills are demonstrated in online articles in Decoded Science, Decoded Pregnancy and various other sites. That’s why DeHaan Services highlights those online articles on this site.

Click the “Toronto Events” category at the bottom of the right-hand column for recent articles in this category. Thanks!

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