Several attractions open for GTA residents to enjoy on Simcoe Day

Toronto Island Ferry

Toronto Island Ferry – half the fun of going to the Islands

There are wonderful attractions and recreational sites open for residents of the GTA to enjoy in the  City of Toronto y during Simcoe Day on Monday, August 1.

Outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads
Beat the heat and drop by your local outdoor pool, splash pad or wading pool on Simcoe day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed. All City outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads will be open. More information about locations and hours of operation is available at

All five City-run golf courses will be open and offer holiday rates on August 1. More information about hours and locations is available at

Tennis courts
All public tennis court sites will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information on tennis is available at

Centennial Park Conservatory

The Fireplace Topiary at the Centennial Park Conservatory

Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, baby goats and Cotswold lambs. The breeds represent animals commonly found on a late 19th century Ontario farm. Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at or by calling 311.

High Park Zoo
Toronto’s oldest zoo has been entertaining people for over 120 years. The zoo houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. Visit our famous capybaras, dubbed Bonnie and Clyde. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free. More information is available at

Toronto Islands (ferry located at the foot of Bay Street)
The Islands are Toronto’s largest downtown park. The park offers a variety of fun – a great place to walk, cycle, explore and view the city skyline. For more information, visit

Getting to the Islands 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 and wait times online at

A wide variety of flowers are in full bloom at Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory. Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. More information is available by calling Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288 or Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 or online at

High Park Zoo

Some inhabitants of the popular High Park Zoo

Simcoe Day at Toronto’s Historic Sites
Three of the City’s 10 historic sites will offer events, activities and tours on Simcoe Day. Programming highlights for the open sites are listed below. All of the City’s historic sites will be open with many activities over the long weekend. Times and activity details will vary by location. More information is available at:

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Fort York celebrates Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, who founded the town of York (Toronto) in 1793 and was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (Ontario). Simcoe also lived at Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto. Experience Toronto’s history with musketry, cannons and music demonstrations by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Park from Niagara-on-the-Lake and Old Fort Erie. Admission is free. Fort York is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St.)
Visitors can take part in games on the lawn, taste hand-made ice cream and tour the 1850s home of David and Eliza Gibson. There will also be activities and performances designed by the museum’s youth volunteer team and visitors can make a craft to take home. Admission is pay what you wish. The museum is open from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
The museum will be open and will host afternoon tours focused on the Austin family, who originally made Spadina Museum their home. Regular admission applies. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. -CINEWS

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