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Old 06-01-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Hello,

I decided to vacation in Toronto in early July. I was researching and found out that Canada Day will fall during my trip and was wondering if everything shuts down that day (including tourist attractions and entertainment) or will it be like the US' national holidays with tourist attractions still open for business? Please clarify so that I can plan accordingly. Thanks
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Hello,

I decided to vacation in Toronto in early July. I was researching and found out that Canada Day will fall during my trip and was wondering if everything shuts down that day (including tourist attractions and entertainment) or will it be like the US' national holidays with tourist attractions still open for business? Please clarify so that I can plan accordingly. Thanks
As a tourist you won't have too many problems - lots of stuff will be open, especially all of the major attractions. Just don't expect as many opportunities to do shopping - though some shops will also be open. Restaurants and bars will all be open.

Also, if you are in this part of the world on July 1 I highly recommend you spend the day in Ottawa rather than Toronto. I realize it is a five-hour drive east but if you were planning on visiting Ottawa (or Montreal - Ottawa is on the way there) then by all means arrange to be in Ottawa on the 1st. It will be worth your while - trust me.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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As a tourist you won't have too many problems - lots of stuff will be open, especially all of the major attractions. Just don't expect as many opportunities to do shopping - though some shops will also be open. Restaurants and bars will all be open.

Also, if you are in this part of the world on July 1 I highly recommend you spend the day in Ottawa rather than Toronto. I realize it is a five-hour drive east but if you were planning on visiting Ottawa (or Montreal - Ottawa is on the way there) then by all means arrange to be in Ottawa on the 1st. It will be worth your while - trust me.
I won't have access to a vehicle so I'll have to use mass transit. Is there a way to get to and from Ottawa via train/bus for the festivities? From my understanding, this is similar to our 4th of July celebration here in the States.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I won't have access to a vehicle so I'll have to use mass transit. Is there a way to get to and from Ottawa via train/bus for the festivities? From my understanding, this is similar to our 4th of July celebration here in the States.
Yes, you can get to Ottawa from Toronto via bus and train.

www.greyhound.ca

www.viarail.ca

I also assumed that you actually liked these July 4th type of things. Forgot that some people aren't fond of crowds, noise, etc.

Canada Day in Toronto, though there are some public celebratory events there also, is much more subdued than in Ottawa.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I won't have access to a vehicle so I'll have to use mass transit. Is there a way to get to and from Ottawa via train/bus for the festivities? From my understanding, this is similar to our 4th of July celebration here in the States.
BTW, I know you were worried about a train strike earlier, just letting you know that's over with.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Yes, you can get to Ottawa from Toronto via bus and train.

www.greyhound.ca

www.viarail.ca

I also assumed that you actually liked these July 4th type of things. Forgot that some people aren't fond of crowds, noise, etc.

Canada Day in Toronto, though there are some public celebratory events there also, is much more subdued than in Ottawa.
Thanks for the useful information. I'll have to confirm train/bus schedules and see if this would be a realistic option for me. Would not mind a day trip into Ottawa and to see how our neighbors to the north celebrate their day
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BTW, I know you were worried about a train strike earlier, just letting you know that's over with.
Thanks for the info. You have a good memory
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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A lot of shops will be open on July 1 (which is a Sunday), because they will be observing the holiday on the Monday ( and will be closed), most tourist attraction will be open. A lot of events will be going on that day (Toronto Ribfest, Chin International Picnic, Fireworks and other Canada day events). Plus the Pride parade will also take place on the 1st.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:24 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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A lot of shops will be open on July 1 (which is a Sunday), because they will be observing the holiday on the Monday ( and will be closed), most tourist attraction will be open. A lot of events will be going on that day (Toronto Ribfest, Chin International Picnic, Fireworks and other Canada day events). Plus the Pride parade will also take place on the 1st.
Oh yeah ... Just looked at the calendar ... What about July 2nd, when the holiday is actually observed ... Will the city be dead for tourists?
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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You will find plenty to do. Some things will be closed. Many ethnic businesses will be open regardless of the holiday.

Also, the holiday is observed on July 1 (as in celebrations occur on that day). July 2 is the Monday afterward which is a day off for most people.
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I guess what I'm trying to clarify is that do Canadians treat their national holidays differently than Americans? For example, on the Fourth of July (closest equivalent to Canada Day) - I could visit Disneyland and other tourist attractions as well as eat in most major restaurants here in Southern California.

On Monday, July 2nd (when Canada Day will be observed), am I going to face limited tourist options due to attractions being closed and limited dining options in Toronto since "it is a day off for most people"?
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