The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents over the Labour Day long weekend, with many family attractions open. However, on Labour Day – Monday, September 5 – City recreation centres will be closed and their recreation programs will not operate.
The following 10 outdoor pools will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Labour Day (September 5):
Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
Grandravine Outdoor Pool, 23 Grandravine Dr.
Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
Pleasantview Outdoor Pool, 545 Van Horne Ave.
Riverdale Park, 550 Broadview Ave.
Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
West Mall Outdoor Pool, 370 The West Mall
The City’s other outdoor pools will close for the season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 4. An exception is Alex Duff Memorial Pools, which will remain open for part-time operation during evenings and with reduced hours on weekends until September 18. Wading pools will close for the season on Sunday afternoon.
All indoor pools will be closed on Labour Day and will re-open on Tuesday, September 6.
Toronto’s 11 designated swimming beaches will be open and supervised until 6 p.m. on Labour Day, weather permitting.
Splash pads will be accessible on Labour Day from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will remain open through Sunday, September 18.
Parents are reminded to supervise children at all times when children are in and around water. More information about swimming is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.
Other recreation opportunities
Toronto Island Park, Toronto’s largest downtown park, is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic and view the City’s skyline. Toronto’s ferries can carry up to 4,000 passengers an hour to and from Toronto Island Park. Tickets for the ferry can now be purchased online in a few easy steps and you can check the peak-times schedule at http://www.toronto.ca/ferry to help plan your day and avoid ferry lineups. More information about the park is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island.
Riverdale Farm in the Cabbagetown community is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, baby goats and Cotswold lambs. Visitors can tour the farm at their leisure. Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo or by calling 311.
The High Park Zoo, which has been attracting visitors for more than a century, currently features bison, llamas, reindeer and highland cattle, as well as Toronto’s famous capybaras, known as Bonnie and Clyde. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo
Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are situated on beautiful park lands. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses will be open on Labour Day. Holiday rates will apply. More information: http://www.toronto.ca/golf
Flowers are in bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.) Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer free admission. More information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288, and online at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories.
Labour Day at Toronto’s Historic Sites
Two of the City’s 10 historic sites – Fort York and Spadina Museum – will be open on Labour Day Monday.
Fort York National Historic Site and its Visitor Centre at 250 Fort York Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, featuring tours and ongoing exhibitions. Regular admission applies.
Spadina Museum at 285 Spadina Rd. will present afternoon tours themed on the Austin family, which made Spadina its home. Regular admission applies on September 5, with the museum open from noon to 5 p.m.
All of the City’s historic sites will be open on Saturday and Sunday as usual this weekend, offering many activities. Hours and activities vary by location, with details available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events. – CINEWS/City of Toronto