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Canada Day Fireworks in Toronto & the GTA

Posted by Nicholas Searle ot 04:25 PM

Canada Day is here again, and its a great time to celebrate and head out to see the Fireworks! Many places across Canada have good fireworks today and Toronto is no exception, although if you live downtown, you may have to travel a bit to get to them! To avoid the heat, it’s a good idea to set out in the evening.


Where to go?


For many years, the waterfront and Harbourfront Centre has provided excellent fireworks, however that’s not always the case. Some years the CN Tower has launched fireworks right off the tower from more than 1,000 Feet in the air. Toronto City Hall usually does fireworks for New Year’s eve, but for some reason not that often for Canada Day. Here are some of the more reliable options to see fireworks on Canada Day:


Ashbridges Bay Park & Woodbine Beach:


A reliable place for a great Fireworks show above Lake Ontario is definitely Ashbridges Bay at Woodbine Beach. The only challenge is getting there, as there is no subway station nearby. Having tried to drive in years past, I do not recommend that option due to the backups of getting into the area and getting out once the show is over. The Queen Street East streetcar runs extra services on Canada Day and at least that avoids trying to park in the Beach area which can have lots and lots of traffic! The show is well organized and there is lots of space to see the fireworks because the beach area is large.


Mel Lastman Square:


This is an easy spot to get to considering it’s a short walk from the subway. Take the Yonge Line (Yellow Line) to North York City Centre and you will immediately see the crowds. It’s a festive gathering with live music, food stands and food trucks on hand. Its not a large venue, so don’t expect the big sky show you might see at the waterfront or Ashbridges Bay.


Amesbury Park – 1507 Lawrence Avenue


This celebration is over 35 years strong and offers live entertainment and food in one of Toronto’s central neighbourhood parks. They have a Flea Market and a Strong Man show, as well as fun activities for kids. For more info visit: http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca/


Any Local Park in Toronto:


There are always local fireworks that happen in random parks across the city of Toronto on Canada Day. Most of these are safe, although from time to time the Fire Department has to come out and deal with an incident in which someone launched a rocket that’s too big for the area or created too much smoke, or damage to city property. Most of these are fun “BYOF” times, and experimenters trying to launch a Catherine Wheel or Space Rocket.


What to bring?


Planning on watching the fireworks? May sure you bring a tarp or blankets to sit on, as most of the Parks will not have a lot of seating or picnic tables available (unless you get there early!). Snacks and drinks are optional, although often the fireworks can have a delay in their start time, so having something to munch on is handy. Bring some flashlights or be prepared to use the light on your phone as many of the parks are not well lit, especially when its time to walk home or back to the car or transit.


If you are making your own Fireworks show:


Some things to consider if you have bought some fireworks and are planning your own local show: Only adults over the age of 18 should be responsible for handling fireworks. Only light one firework at a time, away from your face or body. DO NOT SMOKE when lighting fireworks. When lighting fireworks using safety eye glasses is recommended. Always keep a hose or pail of water nearby. Make sure onlookers are at a safe distance as outlined on the firework’s warning label. Do not attempt to re-light a ‘dud’. Place them in a pail of water for 30 minutes before disposing. Upon completion of your fireworks show, wait 30 minutes to dispose of any used fireworks and fully clean up the area, checking for any residual sparks or flames to avoid the risk of starting a fire.


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