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Canada Day 2012 fireworks in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / June 28, 2012

canada day 2012 toronto fireworksCanada Day fireworks are always a pleasant plus on this holiday, whether you attend one of the large-scale and jaw-dropping displays, or just set off a couple of good ol' Roman Candles in your very own backyard. Keep in mind that the traditional Ontario Place fireworks have been cancelled, but there's a few other large displays taking place on Canada Day (that's July 1st, folks).

Ashbridges Bay
Ashbridges Bay is always a mainstay for Canada Day fireworks, and this year's show, beginning at 9:45 pm, promises to deliver. Given the large numbers expected to attend, it's best to leave your car at home. The event's sponsors, Nissan, will also project the 2013 Altima's design features with a holographic projection in a "diffusion of light and water"--they'll be the first company to use this 3D technology in Canada, if you're into that stuff.

Centennial Park
Centennial Park knows how to give the people what they want--ribs and fireworks, that is. Fill up on your daily dose of meat at the 13th annual Toronto RibFest (June 29-July 2) and then, on July 1, enjoy Canada Day fireworks from 10 pm.

Amesbury Park
Amesbury Park is planning a day-long celebration that will include a pancake brunch and softball tourney in the morning, 7 hours of live entertainment (2-9:30 pm) and fireworks at 9:45 pm.

Canada's Wonderland
What better way to celebrate our nation's birthday than a stomach-turning day on the rides, followed by Wonderland's fireworks display? If you don't feel like shelling out the considerable cash to be right in the heat of the action, you can park your car nearby and enjoy from a distance. Fireworks are scheduled to begin around 10 pm, weather permitting.

Downsview Park
You'll have more to celebrate than Canada Day at Downsview Park. Their July 1st fireworks also fete the opening of the national urban park at Downsview Park. The fireworks begin, rather vaguely, at dusk.

Mel Lastman Square
Featuring free admission, live music acts, and even fireworks choreographed to the music, this is a can't miss event. Enjoy an array of world dance and music, and busking from 5-8 pm, Saidah Baba Talibah from 8 pm, The Slakadeligs from 9:15 pm, and the fireworks finale from 10:15 pm.

Photo by wvs in the blogTO Flickr pool



Sweet / June 28, 2012 at 11:51 am
Thanks for the tip sheet! Me likee some fireworks.
qwerty / June 28, 2012 at 01:29 pm
Without Ontario Place, there will be a shit load more people at Ashbridges Bay. It's going to be hell getting in and out.
Syncros / June 28, 2012 at 04:19 pm
Cant wait for the line of cops disbursing the giant gangs of roving teens on the beach. ugh.
sml / June 28, 2012 at 04:43 pm
score! walking distance to fireworks!
Aaron / June 28, 2012 at 05:13 pm
Nissan Canada Day. Klassy.
Honey / June 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm
You guys missed the fireworks show at Stan Wadlow Park in East York. The fireworks are great, but its an all day affair; it's a white trash hog heaven that kicks off with a parade up Woodbine, carnie rides and overpriced eats.
Make a game of it and see how many people you spot with Winnie the Pooh/Piglet tattoos.
TimFr / June 29, 2012 at 07:50 am
Does anyone know generally from where the fireworks will be launched at Downsview.
Andrei Ka / June 30, 2012 at 07:33 pm
Too bad no fireworks at Ontario Place
Lioness / June 30, 2012 at 09:42 pm
I went to the Ashbridges Bay Victoria Day Fireworks and waited an hour for a bus at the end. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to where the buses were.
Fillyjonk / June 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Nope, it isn't Canada Day without Ontario Place. Way to go, city govt!
Rusty / June 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Sonofa---......just moved to Lakeshore/Kipling area and we were looking forward to catching the fireworks from the park at the end of the street. Guess there is still the air show at Labour Day.
Gabe / June 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm
People be lighten off fireworks in all kinds of small neighbourhood park spots... Don't be kidden yo'delf
Tuku replying to a comment from Gabe / June 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm
talk about bloated!!!! AAAre you alright there gabe.!!!
LUBABA / July 1, 2012 at 11:54 am
LUBABA / July 1, 2012 at 11:54 am
ric / July 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Seems to be less and less Canada's day festivities. Really now already there is very lil ion way of celebrating Canada day
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from Fillyjonk / July 1, 2012 at 05:58 pm
The decision to close Ont. Place was made by its owner and proprietor - the provincial gov't under Dalton McGuinty. If you're going to blame someone, make sure you've got the right goat.
Pissed off / July 1, 2012 at 07:52 pm
Watched the pitiful fireworks at Ontario place last year, now they aren't making up for it this year. How much further will this city fall into shit? Hating Toronto more and more by the day, sure many more are with me!
hoc / July 1, 2012 at 08:17 pm
awesome photo!
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Pissed off / July 1, 2012 at 09:45 pm
I could care less about your rant, and I'M sure that people are with ME, NOT you. Your sense of entitlement about fireworks at Ontario Place is just a ton of whiny bullcrap that means NOTHING compared to what you're actually entitled to as a citizen of Canada, and is completely minuscule in the grand scheme of things.

FYI, there are other places in Toronto to see fireworks; use your brain, the Internet you've composed this whiny childish tantrum with, and your feet to get to those places and see them.
Stephanie replying to a comment from Honey / July 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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Adam / September 5, 2012 at 04:12 am
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wandouahsdjk / January 1, 2013 at 12:04 am
Peter Mykusz / May 21, 2013 at 11:45 am
HD video of Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay.
sumit / June 23, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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