Celebrate Victoria Day Long Weekend with Family-Friendly Activities in Toronto


TORONTO – LIVING – Toronto is gearing up to offer a variety of exciting activities and attractions for residents and visitors during the Victoria Day long weekend.

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park

The city’s dazzling fireworks display will take place at Ashbridges Bay Park on Monday, May 20, at 10 p.m. Attendees can look forward to a stunning show with a grand finale. Located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue, Ashbridges Bay Park is easily accessible via public transit.

Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation and avoid bringing personal vehicles. For TTC schedules, routes, and expanded weekend service, visit the TTC website.


Important Fireworks Safety Reminder

Fireworks are permitted on private property without a permit until 11 p.m. on Victoria Day and Canada Day. However, they are not allowed in city parks, beaches, balconies, streets, parking lots, or any property not owned by the person setting them off.

Fireworks must be handled by adults aged 18 or older. City bylaw enforcement officers and Toronto Police Services will patrol parks and waterfront areas to ensure compliance with the Fireworks Bylaw. Report misuse or illegal sales to 311 or submit a service request on the City of Toronto website. In case of fire, call 9-1-1.

Safe Fireworks Disposal

To safely dispose of fireworks, soak them in water overnight and place them in a plastic bag before discarding them in your Garbage Bin. Do not dispose of fireworks in the Blue Bin. For more information on fireworks safety and disposal, visit the City of Toronto fireworks webpage.

Enjoy the City’s Parks and Beaches

Toronto boasts over 1,500 parks and beaches for everyone to enjoy. Remember that bonfires, amplified sound, and littering are not permitted. Swimming without a lifeguard is discouraged. Always monitor weather and water conditions, and swim close to the shore. For more details, visit the City of Toronto beaches webpage.

Stay Cool at Splash and Spray Pads

Splash and spray pads will open for the season on Friday, May 17, operating daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Caregivers should supervise children in these unsupervised areas. For locations, visit the City of Toronto swimming and water play webpage.

Tee Off at Municipal Golf Courses

Toronto’s five municipal golf courses offer beautiful parkland settings and are accessible by TTC. These affordable courses are open daily, including the long weekend. For more information and to book tee times, visit the City of Toronto golf webpage.

Visit Conservatories and Greenhouses

Centennial Park Conservatory and Allan Gardens Conservatory are in full bloom and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the City of Toronto conservatories webpage.

Escape to Riverdale Farm

Experience a working farm in the heart of the city at Riverdale Farm, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more at the City of Toronto zoos and farms webpage.

Explore the High Park Animal Display

Toronto’s oldest animal display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. High Park will be closed to vehicles for the long weekend. For more information, visit the City of Toronto zoos and farms webpage.

Visit the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Victoria Day. Discover over 3,000 animals along 10 km of trails. Book timeslots online at the Toronto Zoo website.

Discover Toronto History Museums

Toronto History Museums will be closed on Monday, May 20, but open with regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Toronto History Museums webpage.

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