The City of Toronto just announced all the facilities, destinations and services that will be in full operation this long weekend. From tennis matches to trips to the zoo, the list of free activities across the city is endless.
Tennis courts are open to the public all weekend long. The city has all the locations mapped out. The free tennis courts are always first come, first serve. But, there are also a ton of tennis clubs across the city that offer 6 hours of free public access every week which you can sign up for in advance. To find the tennis courts nearest you, check out this A-Z list.
The High Park Zoo is also free for everyone, and tons of exotic animals are out for the season now that the weather's nice. Emus, capybaras, yak, reindeer, peacocks and North African sheep are just a few of the animals you'll get to see. The zoo opens every day at 7 AM, and the llama pens are open to the public this weekend from 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
Riverdale Farm is also a beautiful place to explore and see animals. Located in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood, the massive historic property is full of wooded trails, ponds and gardens that you can visit for free.
Also, some other great news - the Toronto Island Ferry summer schedule is officially up and running, offering trips to and from the island every fifteen minutes. Adult ferry tickets are $7.87 each, but Toronto Island Park is the ideal spot for free activities. Bring your bike, have a picnic or relax on the beach all day long.
Also luckily for all of us in Toronto, the flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both care open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and admission is free. For more info on both conservatories, you can check out the toronto.ca/conservatories website.
For anyone looking for something a little more educational, both the Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will be offering activities and tours on Monday, May 21. The remaining sites will be closed. All of the historic sites will be open over the Victoria Day weekend, except for the Market Gallery, which will be closed on Sunday. Admission fees and activities vary by location. More information is available at toronto.ca/museum-events.
Victoria Day weekend wouldn't be complete without fireworks, so the city has also provided all the details about this year's lakeside fireworks show at Ashbridges Bay near Woodbine Beach. The show starts at 10 PM, and will feature 2,000 spectacular fireworks. Buses and streetcars will be ramping up their service in the area all evening long.
For the full rundown of Toronto's free activities, click here.
Source: City of Toronto