You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Toronto March 30 – April 30, 2013

Toronto City Hall With the Flag of Canada

Here are great celebratory events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 30 – April 30, 2013:

2013 Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade

Sunday, March 31

2 p.m.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Two historic TTC streetcars to take part in this Easter parade:
    • The Peter Witt streetcar served the citizens of Toronto from 1921 until 1963

    • The PCC streetcar was the backbone of the TTC’s surface fleet from 1938 until 1995

      • At one time, Toronto owned the largest fleet of PCCs in the world – 745 cars
  • Here are the following TTC service changes during the parade – Effective March 31:
    • 501 Queen streetcar will turn back at Kingston Road starting at 1 p.m.:

    • 64 Main bus route will divert:

      • west and north on Glen Stewart Avenue
      • east on Kingston Road
      • and north on Main Street
    • 92 Woodbine South bus will will divert:

      • south-west on Kingston Road
      • west on Eastern Avenue
      • north on Coxwell Avenue
      • east on Queen Street
      • north-east on Kingston Road
      • and north on Woodbine Avenue
  • TTC Family/Group Pass for the holiday weekend:
    • For $10.75 a day, a TTC Family/Group pass provides unlimited one day travel for a group of up to six people, maximum two adults and not more than four children/youths 19 years of age or under

    • The pass is valid from the start of service until 5:30 a.m. the next morning

The following Toronto facilities will offer family fun activities during the weekend March 30 – 31:

  • Riverdale Farm
    • Visit the farm to see cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and newborn lambs

    • While you’re there, visit the Residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum

    • The Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Admission is FREE

    • Please click here for more information

  • Toronto Islands
    • Catch a ferry to Ward’s Island and visit Far Enough Farm, which is home to a number of animals including horses, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, peacocks and emus

    • The farm is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Admission is FREE

  • Playground Paradise
    • Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre, 150 Grenoble Dr.

    • “Offers excellent family fun for children 12 years of age and under”

    • Kids can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends through the talk tube and play in the ball pool with over 8,000 balls

    • Easter weekend public hours:

      • Saturday, March 30: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
      • Sunday, March 31: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Fee: $2.50 per child

    • For more information: 416-395-6014

  • High Park Zoo
    • Located on Deer Pen Road, the zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep

    • The zoo is open daily year-round to visitors from 7 a.m. to dusk.

    • The llama pen with be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter weekend, including Easter Monday

    • Please click here for more info

  • Preview of spring flower shows
    • The spring flower shows are in full bloom at:
      • Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd.; phone 416-394-8543

      • and Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave., phone 416-392-7288

    • Both shows feature various spring flowering plants: cyclamen, kalanchoe, primula, crocuses, tulips and daffodils

    • The Easter flower shows open at both conservatories on March 24 and include Easter lilies and hydrangea

    • Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is FREE

  • Discover The Shared Path
    • The Shared Path, the newest of the 10 Discovery Walks, includes approximately 15 km of trails through park areas along the banks of the Humber River

    • The self-guided Discovery Walks program links ravines, parks and neighbourhoods and is designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions

    • Please click here for more info and  maps

    Programs, services and permits

  • Saturday, March 30:
    • All programs and services will operate as per the usual schedule

  • Sunday, March 31:
    • All programs will operate as per the usual schedule

    • Indoor Arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play

    • Toronto and East York District: East York Memorial Arena has regular leisure skate on Sunday, March 31, no other special events or programs

  • Monday, April 1:
    • Due to the holiday, all Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services will not be offered during the day

    • Indoor arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play

  • Scarborough District: Centennial RC has regular leisure skate on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31
  • Etobicoke District: no skate programs or special rink events on Easter weekend
  • North York District: all rinks are closed and no skate programs on Easter weekend

Building a City exhibit

  • A new Market Gallery exhibition called “Building a City: People, Places and Life in Toronto 1845 to 1899” will run until September 14, 2013
  • The exhibit includes historical maps, photographs and paintings in the City’s art collection dating back to the 1850s
  • The exhibition highlights the people and places that transformed Toronto during this period, illustrating a time of tremendous change
  • It also shows that there were many critical issues back in 1845, including public health, fire and security, the railways and the waterfront
  • The City’s Market Gallery is located on the second floor of South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E.

    Gallery hours: FREE admission

    Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
    Saturday, 9 am – 4 p.m.

    • The Market Gallery is closed on Easter Monday

Celebrate National Poetry Month April 1 – 30!

  • George Elliott Clarke, the City of Toronto’s Poet Laureate, will participate in several National Poetry Month events in April as well as a launch of his new book of poetry
  • Clarke will participate in the Kickoff for National Poetry Month: April 2, 2013, 10:00 – 11:30 am
    • FREE admission
    • Location: the Q Space at College and Borden on College Street, located between Kensington Market and Little Italy

      382 College St., Toronto ON M5T 1S8, Toronto, CA

    • Kickoff for National Poetry Month featuring:

      • Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards Shortlists and the first shortlist for the new Raymond Souster Award announcements
      • Refreshments
      • Presentations
      • Readings

Activities to mark 200th anniversary of Battle of York April 27

  • Activities include:
    • A presentation by His Royal Highness Prince Philip

    • A parade of more than 1,000 sailors and soldiers from the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army

      • Presentation of A New Colour to the Royal Canadian Regiment 10 am. – Legislative Assembly, Queen’s Park

      • Military Parade – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Begins at Legislative Assembly and ends at Fort York

        • In one of the largest military parades every organized in Toronto, the Canadian Forces will honour all of those who died on our soil at the Battle of York on April 27, 1813 and the 200 years of military presence in Toronto since the war

        • More than 1,000 sailors and soldiers from the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army will march along the following route:

          • from Queen’s Park
          • down University Avenue
          • and across Richmond Street
          • south on Portland Street past the War of 1812 monument
          • and then on to the Fort York Armoury
        • The parade will include 13 marching bands, and a flourish of colourful ceremonial uniforms and Regimental Colours

    • A commemorative ceremony at Fort York National Historic Site with re-enactment units in War of 1812 uniforms

    • The City will also offer FREE themed tours at Fort York, along with family-oriented activities and military demonstrations

    • For maps, more info, and the complete itinerary of all celebratory events, please click here


TTC Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

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