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Finding the 2015 Victoria Day Fireworks in Toronto

Where can you find Victoria Day Fireworks in Toronto this year?  One venue offers a free fireworks display as an annual Toronto event; and there’s another where you can pay to watch a day earlier.

Either way, celebrating Victoria Day is an annual spring event in Toronto that brings all of us together to “ooh and aah” at the bursts of fiery colour.

"Fireworks" image by Karen Blaha (Vironevaeh) under a  Creative Commons license
“Fireworks” image by Karen Blaha (Vironevaeh) under a Creative Commons license

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay: an Annual Toronto Event

Ashbridges Bay, in the eastern Beaches area, hosts an annual fireworks display every Victoria Day. This is on the true statutory holiday, Monday May 18, 2015.

Keep these five key points in mind to fully enjoy this event:

  • Arrive early. The fireworks should start at 9:45pm. Plan to be on site by 9pm at the latest. Here’s why:
  • The streets and sidewalks will be packed. The nearest streets are usually closed; and every parking spot will be full long before you arrive.
  • The TTC will do a great job, but the 22 Coxwell bus won’t push aside the cars in its way. Nor will the 501 Queen streetcars.
  • Lots of families will walk with their young children.
  • Bring a jacket; wear comfy shoes. If you spend a few daylight hours at the beach, protect yourself from sunburn.

Ashbridges Bay is south of Lake Shore Blvd East, at the foot of Coxwell Ave. It’s a short walk south from Queen St. and the streetcar, and even shorter from the southern end of the bus route.

Ride your bike to find Ashbridges Bay along the Martin Goodman Trail. If you’re coming from downtown, note that the trail has been closed inside Clarke Beach Park (just east from “Cherry Beach”) for months. Take Unwin Ave. instead. And remember your lights… it will be dark!

The ever-alert Beaches Living Guide includes this annual Toronto event in their current Beaches Living Guide events listing.

Victoria Day Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland also presents fireworks on several annual holidays; but they choose Sunday night, May 17, 2015 to honour the British monarch’s birthday. Yes, you may celebrate 2015 Victoria Day early!

The fireworks start around 10pm, at Wonder Mountain. If you visit Canada’s Wonderland for the day, be aware that some rides may close early for safety reasons. Of course you have to pay to enter the site.

If you need to learn more about Canada’s Wonderland, their “Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland” page should be a good starting point.

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Mothers’ Day 2015 in Toronto and in Mississauga

The second Sunday of May is Mothers’ Day, an annual event for your mother to enjoy. Here are some ways to treat your mom on her special day, Mothers’ Day, in Toronto or Mississauga, Ontario.

"Montgomery's Inn Museum in Toronto" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Montgomery’s Inn Museum in Toronto” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

Toronto Museums for Mothers’ Day

The absolutely cheapest option among Toronto museums for Mothers’ Day in Toronto is the Scarborough Museum. They offer a pay-what-you-can entry fee. The Scarborough Museum claims that every Saturday and Sunday in May is Mothers’ Day; so if you miss May 10, 2015, just visit 1007 Brimley Road on some other weekend. This museum features a log home and a farmhouse in Thompson Memorial Park, so it’s a great spot for a walk in the spring.

Eating out is another traditional option for Mothers’ Day. But remember that every pancake house will be filled to overflowing by mothers having Sunday brunch with their families. Consider the Mothers’ Day Tea at the Gibson House museum instead. They have sittings at noon and 2:30pm for $25/person plus tax. You must make reservations for your tea and scones by calling 416-395-7432416-395-7432 . Gibson House is at 5172 Yonge St., a bit north of Mel Lastman Square. It’s easy to get there by TTC; exit the #1 Yonge subway line at the North York station and cross the first street to the north.

Speaking of tea, the Montgomery’s Inn Tea & Tour runs from 1-4pm on May 10, 2015. $10 plus tax buys afternoon tea with scones, preserves, tarts, and a tour to walk off the calories. This is “first come, first served” but you might call 416-394-8113416-394-8113 for information. Montgomery’s Inn is at 4709 Dundas St. West (just east of Islington).

Try the Mom Show for Mothers’ Day in Mississauga

Canada’s National Mom Show‘s claim to fame is that it’s a family-friendly event with a focus on celebrating motherhood while offering activities for small children. It’s a one-day event, and yes it is on Mothers’ Day, May 10, 2015. Drive your mother, or your wife and children, to the International Centre (6900 Airport Road in Mississauga); the event runs from 10am to 6pm. The site lists the performance schedule on several stages (including special activities and performances for your children). Adults may be more interested in the fashion shows, parenting and health tips, or how to make smoothies or baked goods for the family.

They only accept cash at the gate, but tickets are $20/adult, $10/child, and they offer family passes which effectively get your second child in for free.

Links to these Mothers’ Day Events in Toronto and in Mississauga

Follow these links for the Scarborough Museum; the Gibson House museum; the Montgomery’s Inn museum; and the main page for the Mom Show in Toronto.

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The Spring 2015 Green Living Show in Toronto

The annual spring Green Living Show in Toronto should sparkle in its new venue, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Learn more about sustainable living. What are the best hybrid cars and fuel-efficient automobiles to earn the Canadian Green Car Award? Other attractions include tips for living green in Toronto with eco-friendly products. If you’re a parent, learn how a Montessori school can benefit your child (and what great products are available regardless of your choice of schools). See products and learn new options for green living in Toronto.

"Spring 2015 Green Living Show at the Toronto Convention Centre" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Spring 2015 Green Living Show at the Toronto Convention Centre” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

When and Where is the 2015 Green Living Show?

The 2015 Green Living Show in Toronto runs Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Friday: noon-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-5pm.

The Toronto Convention Centre is at 255 Front St. West, just east from the CN Tower and past Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada). It’s west of Lower Simcoe, and southwest from Union Station. Take the #1 Yonge subway to Union Station, and walk through the Skywalk over the railway tracks.

Free Admission to the 2015 Toronto Green Living Show

The Green Living Show does charge admission ($15/adult, $10/senior or student, and lower for groups). So, how to get free admission to the Green Living Show?

  • Bring your under-12 children, who will get free admission no matter what other freebies you miss.
  • Pay once and get free re-admission all weekend. You’d better keep your receipt, though.
  • Bring some e-waste for recycling; Samsung and Solve for Tomorrow will cover your admission fees. What is e-waste? Most kinds of telephones (cell, home wireless or land-line); computers or keyboards; TV or some other kinds of equipment. The full list is on their admission prices page.
  • Bicycle to the show; if you’re one of the first 20 to do so each day, you get free admission. Plus they provide valet parking for your bike.
  • Show your March Metropass or PRESTO card for free personal admission. Finally, if you’re a card-carrying Live Green member, you and a guest may enter free.

Green Auto Awards on Friday Night at the Toronto Green Living Show 2015

The award for “most green auto” piques my interest the most. This set of awards will be presented on Friday, including best hybrid car (plug-in hybrids are in a different category from “conventional hybrids”). Six categories will have winners; from these will emerge the overall champion.

Did I mention that you can test-drive some electric cars, too?

Do green living events and awards for green cars, lead to more green auto sales? Do you expect these awards to influence you?

Your Chance to Win an e-Bike

(Added March 26, 2015):  Find the 680 News booth in the Convention Centre during the Green Living Show, and enter the “Win with the Green Living Show!” contest. The prizes are an an electric scooter or an e-bike from Amego.

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

My blog tracks many of the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, free or frugal.

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.

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

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