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SHE’s List of Long Weekend Activities for the GTA

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By: Antoinette Boachie From poutines to beavertails, maple leafs to maple syrup, these are all trademarks of Canadian heritage. This Sunday, July 1st marks Canada’s 145th independence anniversary. Without this day Canada would not be the multicultural destination it is. Across the nation citizens, visitors and immigrants alike are heading to their cottages, attending barbeques, fairs and street parties to commemorate Canada’s independence. The most anticipated element of Canada day is the Fireworks. While some enjoy fireworks from the comfort of their homes with friends and family, thousands flock to popular destinations like Centennial Park and Ashbridges bay to watch the beautiful firework displays. Although traditional firework destinations like Ontario Place have been cancelled there are many large firework displays and Canada day festivities that all, young and old can enjoy Here’s a list of all the Canada day celebrations going on in the GTA. Mel Lastman Square July 1st- Live music, great food, dancing, and a musically choreographed fireworks display, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Most importantly, its FREE. Take the kiddies and head down to Mel Lastman Square to participate in the Festivities. The fireworks finale starts at 10:15pm Niagara Falls. Every year Niagara falls holds a Canada day parade, including free face painting, car shows, birthday cake, musical performances and more. The parade begins at 10am kicking off the days celebrations.   Ashbridges Bay Park With Nissan sponsoring these years festivities, Ashbridges Bay is definitely one of the hottest places to be this Canada Day.Fireworks beging at 9:45pm Canada's Wonderland Are you a ride warrior? What better way to Celebrate Canada day than at Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s premiere Amusement park? Featuring the new thrill ride Leviathan, enjoy the rides, cool off at the water park, enjoy funnel cakes and top it off with a Fireworks display scheduled for 10pm weather permitting). Centennial Park Love Food?  The 13th annual Toronto Rib Fest is taking place this long weekend ( June 29th- July 2nd). Try some of the countries top rib makers, with rides and festivities making this the perfect family destination. Exclusively on July 1st there will also be Fireworks to commemorate Canada Day at 10pm. Remember arrive early and bring lots of liquids to beat the heat. Happy Canada Day!! For a complete listing visit: http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/canada/2012/

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