CANADA DAY 2023
Saturday July 1, 2023 (RAIN OR SHINE!)
Welcome back everyone, we are excited to be hosting our 66th year.
We are the longest-running event of its kind in the city attracting
families from across the GTA.
The day kicks off with our famous Parade beginning at
Dieppe Park at 10:30am and making its way to Stan Wadlow Park.
Beginning at 11:00am, Stan Wadlow Park will be bustling with
main stage entertainment, midway, expanded kids activities,
artisan market, food vendors and our beer garden
hosted by Muddy York.
Our day ends with a spectacular fireworks show presented by the City of Toronto.
Parking is limited so we encourage you to walk, ride or TTC to the park!
WE ARE READY TO CELEBRATE!
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinabek, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We also acknowledge these lands are still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to gather as a community on this land.
The parade will start at 10:30am!
The Festival starts at 11:00am and ends at 11:00pm!
A SHORT HISTORY
True Davidson was a prominent person in East York during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Always involved in politics, she was an Alderman (now called Councillor), a Reeve in the Township of East York and later the first Mayor when the towns of Leaside and East York joined to create the Borough of East York.
In 1957 she created a celebration to acknowledge Dominion Day (now Canada Day) in East York. It included a parade made up of local groups in the area and was followed by a party on the lawns of the township (now the East York Civic Centre) where these groups could promote what they did in the community. Locals decorated their bikes and drove along the parade route which historically began in Thorncliffe Park. The evening ended with entertainment and a dance. In 1962 the event moved to Stan Wadlow Park where the tradition to celebrate Canada Day continues.