HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA

Jul 01, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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There is plenty to do as Canada celebrates its 147th birthday today. The Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the official kick off at noon with a 21-gun salute at noon. In Scarborough there is a Canada Day Parade beginning at 4 p.m. Road closures include Brimley Road, from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Scarborough residents can head to Thomson Memorial Park before the parade for a craft market and rummage sale and free live entertainment. There will also be Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include a cirque performance, live music and fireworks beginning around 10:15 p.m. Elsewhere, Canada’s Wonderland will host fireworks starting at around 10 p.m. weather permitting and as per tradition, fireworks will start at Ashbridges Bay just after 9:30 p.m.

What is closed: libraries and schools, banks, some grocery stores and malls, LCBO and Beer stores, government offices including the post office and childcare centres.

What is open: Eaton Centre, Vaughan Mills, Bramalea City Centre, Pacific Mall and Square One, some grocery stores, including the Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens and Metro at Yonge and College. Tourist attractions across the city including historical sites are also open as are retail stores located in tourist designated areas such as Yorkville, downtown Yonge Street, the Distillery District and Queen’s Quay and golf courses.

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