Scarborough is coming alive again for Canada Day in 2022 but one traditional event is not being planned.
The City of Toronto says free celebrations at Thomson Memorial Park are on again and much the same as in the past, but with a shorter schedule that ends at 3 p.m.
Scarborough’s Canada Day parade, which for decades formed July 1 near Scarborough Civic Centre to reach the park along Brimley Road north of Lawrence Avenue isn’t happening.
In a letter, a city parks spokesperson gave no reason for the parade’s absence but said participants “are cordially invited to join families and individuals” in the park and find a spot for their respective groups.
Other familiar parts of the festivities, including a Scouts Canada Pancake Breakfast starting at 10 a.m., sound stage and DJ, face painting, children’s crafts and bouncy castles are returning Friday.
The Scarborough Museum in the park is also free and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Canada Day at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, at Sheppard and Progress avenues, is also back after two years as a virtual show.
The day’s festivities last from noon to 2 p.m. and include free hotdogs and Canada Day cake, singers, dancers, martial artists, and crafts.
Fireworks will be seen at dusk in Milliken Park, located east of McCowan Road, south of Steeles Avenue.
On the next Friday, July 8, the Cultural Centre opens its Scarborough Summerfest with performances at its P.C. Ho Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
More about other city-run festivals in Toronto can be seen at www.toronto.ca/CanadaDay.