What’s Open and Closed in Toronto on Canada Day

Canada Day
Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

Our fine country is turning 153 this Wednesday, July 1, and in true fashion, Torontonians will be celebrating, though, slightly differently year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Day will be celebrated virtually on Wednesday, with all in-person City-run events taking place online.

What’s more, the restrictions implemented by the Ontario government still remain in place, meaning there will be no gathering of groups larger than 10 people and to remain two metres apart unless from the same household or social circle.

READ: Toronto Cancels All In-Person Canada Day Events and Celebrations

If you’re not planning on heading to a cottage, here’s what’s open and closed in Toronto this Wednesday, July 1.

What’s open in Toronto:

Transit

Malls

Attractions

  • Parks and green spaces. However, some amenities such as playgrounds and play structures are still closed
  • Splash pads are open
  • Six Toronto beaches are now open (Bluffer’s Park Beach, Cherry/Clarke Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Sunnyside Beach and Woodbine Beach) with lifeguards on duty from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • On July 1, four more beaches are expected to open: Centre Island Beach. Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Ward’s Island Beach
  • Toronto Islands are now open to the public. Tickets for ferries must be purchased online ahead of time to prevent overcrowding
  • Golf courses
  • Casa Loma — open from 9:30 am to 5 pm — tickets available online
  • Toronto Zoo’s Scenic Safari Drive-Thru is open, but tickets must be purchased in advance online and are timed
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada — open daily from 10 am to 8 pm with timed ticket purchases online
  • Aga Khan Museum — open from 10 am to 8 pm, timed tickets must be purchased online

Food

  • Rabba Fine Foods
  • Some restaurant patios, depending on location

What’s closed in Toronto:

  • Banks
  • City Hall
  • LCBOs
  • Beer Stores
  • Most grocery stores
  • Canada Post

Attractions

  • High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm – remains closed since mid-March
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (reopens July 2 to members and annual pass holders, and July 23 to the public)
  • Ontario Science Centre – remains closed since mid-March
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • CN Tower
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Movie theatres
  • Royal Ontario Museum

Malls

  • Bayview Village Shops
  • CF Fairview Mall
  • CF Sherway Gardens
  • Dufferin Mall
  • Hillcrest Mall
  • Scarborough Town Centre
  • Yorkdale Shopping Centre
  • Yorkville Village

Cancelled City-run events:

  • Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay, Centennial Park, Milliken Park, Stan Wadlow Park and Weston Lions Park
  • Canada Day celebrations on Mel Lastman Square
  • Scarborough’s annual Canada Day event
  • Centennial Park Canada Day Celebration
  • East York Canada Day parade and festival

Of course, if you would prefer to celebrate from the comfort of your own home, you can enjoy the virtual events taking place throughout the day.

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