Long weekend in the city

The Victoria Day long weekend is upon us! Here's a list of what's open and happening across the GTA for your family to enjoy

The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 19, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay. Many family attractions, including two farms, three historic sites and other facilities will be open for family enjoyment. City recreation centres will be closed on Victoria Day and recreation programs will not operate that day.

What's going on

Fireworks The Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park will start at 10 p.m. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks, with a spectacular finale. Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) on the 22A Coxwell, 64 Main and 92 Woodbine South bus routes. Members of the public are strongly urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home. City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City park. Enforcement officers will be onsite to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event at Ashbridges Bay.

Golf Toronto has five municipal golf courses. They are open daily, including on Victoria Day. More information about the City-run golf courses is available at

Tennis courts All public tennis court sites will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the Victoria Day weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts.

Splash pads Most splash pads will open on Saturday, May 17, with some exceptions. Splash pads adjacent to outdoor pools and those under construction will open later in the season. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. by push button. Splash pads are not city-supervised water play areas, so caregivers are reminded to supervise their children. More information, including hours of operation and up-to-date information on splash pad locations, is available at or by calling 311.

Riverdale Farm Riverdale Farm is a family attraction where visitors can see traditional farm animals such as cows, horses and chickens. While there, visit the farm residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum. Riverdale Farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 19. Admission is free. More information is available at or by calling 311.

High Park Zoo Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo's spring babies. The zoo, located on Deer Pen Road, offers domestic and exotic animals. The zoo will be open to visitors from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Toronto Island Park Catch a ferry to Toronto Island Park for a scenic picnic, hike or bike ride. The interactive Franklin Children's Garden is another attraction. Ferry schedule and fares:

Greenhouses A wide variety of flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.) Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288 or click here.

Discovery Walks Residents can explore their city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 11 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the walks are designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Brochures and maps are available.

SuperFan ComicCon Have superhero in your family? There's something for them to do in Toronto this long weekend. SuperFan ComicCon takes over the Better Living Centre for three days starting on May 17th. Fans can join celebrities and participate in panels and autograph signings. Special attractions of the ComicCon include celebrity photo ops and autographing, Smash Wrestling show, cosplay costume contest, illustration panels, Batman and his Batmobile, superhero themed yoga classes, body art painting, the 501st Legion, arcade games zone, and more

From, Strategic Communications.

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