Lots to do in the city during Labour Day long weekend

The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors over the Labour Day long weekend.

Toronto’s largest downtown park, Toronto Island Park, is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic and view the city’s skyline this Labour Day.

All five city-run golf courses will be open and will offer holiday rates on Labour Day. Fling golf is now available at Dentonia and Tam O’Shanter. Fling golf can be played on a golf course, with a golf ball, alongside golfers, and is scored the same way as golf. Instead of hitting the ball with a golf club, players fling the ball with a fling stick.

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.

Riverdale Farm is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, goat kids and sheep. These represent animals commonly found on a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. Riverdale Farm is open from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Toronto’s oldest zoo has entertained people for over 120 years. The zoo houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free.

A 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. including Labour Day. Admission is free.

Skateboarders and bike riders in Toronto who want to practice their moves have many options to choose to from. The city maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, with something for everyone whether it is transition skating in a figure-eight shaped bowl or street-style skating on ledges, banks, rails and more.

Eight of the city’s 10 Toronto History Museums will be open on the long weekend and two of the city’s 10 historic sites, Fort York and Spadina Museum, will be open on Labour Day. Hours and activities vary by location.

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. and will feature tours and ongoing exhibitions.

Spadina Museum at 285 Spadina Rd. will present afternoon tours themed on the Austin family, which made Spadina its home. Regular admission applies, with the museum open from noon to 5 p.m.

The city’s swimming beaches will be open and supervised on Labour Day from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The following 10 outdoor pools will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Labour Day:
• Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
• Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools, 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.
• Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool, 550 Broadview Ave.
• Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
• Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool, 59 Forest Manor Rd.
• West Mall Outdoor Pool, 380 The West Mall

Visit www.toronto.ca for more details.



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