Canada Day long weekend checklist — weather forecast, fireworks, what’s open and closed in Toronto

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Canada Day long weekend checklist — weather forecast, fireworks, what’s open and closed in Toronto


Here’s a handy list of what you need to know for this Canada Day long weekend in Toronto.

Weather:

If you were hoping to get by this weekend without carrying an umbrella, you’re out of luck, according to Environment Canada.

  • On Friday, there’s a risk of thunderstorms starting at about 4 p.m. with a high of 30 Celsius.
  • On Saturday, there’s also a risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon with a 30 per cent chance of rain.
  • On Sunday, perfect patio weather is expected — a high of 27 C and a low of 16 C is in the forecast.
  • On Canada Day, there’s a 30 per cent chance of rain with a high of 29 C predicted.

What’s open Canada Day:

  • Eaton Centre (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Square One Shopping Centre (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • CN Tower (9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.), Art Gallery of Ontario (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Casa Loma (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

What’s closed Canada Day:

LCBO outlets, Beer Stores, banks, government offices, post offices and Toronto Public Library branches.

Canada Day fireworks

  • At Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, fireworks start at about 10 p.m. with more than 6,000 explosions expected for 15 minutes.
  • The Mel Lastman Square in North York will be hosting a Canada Day celebration starting at 4 p.m., with a five-minute firework display expected at 10:15 p.m.
  • Downsview Park will host a family-friendly event with free inflatables, games for children, face painters, live entertainment and food trucks starting at 4 p.m. Fireworks cap off the night at around 11 p.m.
  • Centennial Park will host live entertainment and activities for families starting at 4 p.m., with a firework display around 10 p.m.
  • Amesbury Park will start the day’s celebrations early at around 9 a.m., with fireworks expected around 10 p.m.

Transit:

TTC will be operating on a holiday schedule on Canada Day with subway service starting at 6 a.m.

GO Transit will be operating on a Saturday schedule on the holiday, and commuters are advised to check the posted schedules before your trip.

Temur Durrani is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @temurdur





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