Discover Toronto’s Vibrant Thanksgiving Weekend

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THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Planning a visit to the dynamic “Big Smoke” this Thanksgiving weekend? Toronto welcomes residents and visitors alike to make the most of the long weekend from Saturday, October 7, to Monday, October 9, by exploring a plethora of City-run attractions and recreational opportunities.

City’s Recreational Offerings:

  • Community Recreation Centers: Open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Monday.
  • Conservatories and Greenhouses: Centennial Park Conservatory and Allan Gardens open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering free admission.
  • Golf at Municipal Courses: Five affordable and high-quality courses accessible via TTC, open throughout the weekend.
  • High Park Animal Display: Experience Toronto’s oldest animal display from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Riverdale Farm: Explore a working farm in the city center, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission.
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts: Public courts available for free use all weekend.
  • Washrooms in Parks: Seasonal washrooms open, find the nearest one on the City’s Parks & Recreation Washrooms & Drinking Water webpage.
  • Toronto History Museums: Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 7 and 8, offering various free activities.
  • Cultural Centers & City-run Galleries: Open during standard weekend hours, closed on Monday.

Culinary Experiences:

  • CaféTO Patio Dining: Enjoy the last weekend of 2023 CaféTO curb lane patio season.
  • St. Lawrence Market: Fresh options for Thanksgiving meals on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Wildlife and Conservation:

  • Toronto Zoo: Encounter over 3,000 animals along 10+ km of walking trails and indoor pavilions. Don’t miss the new outdoor orangutan habitat.

Health and Safety:

  • Food Safety: Learn responsible food shopping, storage, and preparation via Toronto Public Health’s Food Safety at Home webpage.
  • DineSafe: Check food establishments’ safety records for a worry-free dining experience.
  • Virus Prevention: Practice preventive measures against COVID-19 and influenza.


  • TTC Closures: Note subway service closures on Line 1 between Spadina and St. Andrew stations on Friday and between King and Osgoode stations on Sunday.
  • Road Restrictions: Plan your route considering road restrictions and closures; details available on the City’s Road Restrictions & Closures webpage.

Toronto invites everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend by indulging in its diverse offerings, ensuring an enriching and enjoyable experience for all. Stay informed, stay safe, and make the most of this vibrant weekend in the heart of the city!

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