The City of Toronto encourages residents to take advantage of the City’s attractions and recreational sites open on Labour Day – Monday, September 7.
Splash pads will be open on Labour Day and will remain open daily until September 20. Parents and caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at all times. Weather permitting, all of Toronto’s mainland beaches will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Toronto Islands beaches will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All locations will have lifeguards on site during operating hours.
All indoor pools, outdoor pools and wading pools will be closed on Labour Day. Sunday, September 6 is the last day of summer operation for the City’s outdoor pools and wading pools. Indoor pools will re-open on Tuesday, September 8. Residents can contact their local pool or visit http://www.toronto.ca/swim for hours.
Toronto Islands (ferry located at 9 Queens Quay W.)
The Islands, Toronto’s largest downtown park, are a great place to walk, cycle, explore and view the city skyline. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island.
Getting there by ferry is half the fun. Toronto’s ferries can carry more than 4,000 passengers an hour to and from the islands. Arrive early to avoid long lineups or check peak hours/wait times online. You can buy Toronto Island Ferry tickets online in just a few easy steps if you have an e-mail address, credit card and printer. Ferry information and tickets: http://www.toronto.ca/ferry
Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester St.)
Featuring traditional farm animals, Riverdale Farm is the perfect place for animal lovers. Visitors can take a self-directed tour and can visit with the farmer at 11:30 a.m. at the lower Francey Barn. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and activities are free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/ or by calling 416-392-6794.
High Park Zoo (located on Deer Pen Road in the park)
The High Park Zoo has been entertaining people for more than a century. The zoo houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. New arrivals include a baby yak, reindeer and bison. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk, with free admission. More information: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/
All five City-run golf courses will be open, with holiday rates, on September 7. More information about hours and locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/golf.
Toronto’s parks and green spaces
All Toronto parks and green spaces will be open for all to enjoy on Labour Day.
Community centres and other recreation facilities
All other Parks, Forestry and Recreation facilities, including community centres, will be closed on Labour Day. Regular programs and services will resume Tuesday, September 8.
Labour Day at Toronto’s Historic Sites
Two of the City’s 10 historic sites – Fort York and Spadina Museum – will offer events, activities and tours on Labour Day, as described below. All of the City’s historic sites will be open on Saturday and Sunday as usual this weekend, offering many activities. Hours and activity details vary by location, with details available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Fort York National Historic Site and its Visitor Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, September 7, featuring tours and ongoing exhibitions. Regular admission applies.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
Spadina Museum will present afternoon tours themed on the Austin family, which made Spadina its home. Regular admission applies on September 7, Labour Day, with the museum open from noon to 5 p.m.