City of Toronto marks the final long weekend of summer at outdoor swimming pools, beaches, city-wide art installations and more

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As the sun starts to set on another summer in the city and students and families prepare to return to school, the City of Toronto is pleased to offer a wide variety of activities and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy this Labour Day long weekend.

With health and safety top of mind ahead of the school year, opportunities to receive a first, second, third, fourth or paediatric dose of COVID-19 vaccine will also be available for residents on a walk-in basis all weekend long at special events and City-run clinics:

One last splash at City outdoor swimming pools
Most City outdoor pools are scheduled to close for the season on Sunday, September 4, with the exception of 11 outdoor pools that will remain open through to Monday, September 5 (Labour Day). Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s Outdoor Pools webpage ( to confirm exact closure dates before visiting their local pool.

The following outdoor pools will be open on Labour Day:
•       Alex Duff Memorial Pool
•       Amesbury Sports Complex Pool*
•       Donald D. Summerville Pool*
•       Grandravine Community Recreation Centre
•       Heron Park Community Centre
•       McGregor Park Community Centre
•       Parkway Forest Community Centre
•       Pine Point Outdoor Pool
•       Riverdale Park Outdoor Pool*
•       Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool
•       West Mall Outdoor Pool

*Amesbury Sports Complex, Donald D. Summerville and Riverdale Park East outdoor pools will remain open evenings and weekends until Sunday, September 11.

City splash and spray pads will operate until Sunday, September 18, from approximately 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. More information is available on the City’s Splash and Spray Pads webpage:

Indoor pools and community centres, including washrooms inside community centres, will be closed on Labour Day. More information, including swimming pool schedules, is available on the City’s Swim & Water Play webpage:

Dog-only swim
Dogs who have waited patiently all summer long are welcome to enjoy a free swim on the last official day of outdoor pool season; Sunday, September 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at select pool locations. An adult aged 18 or older must accompany the dog and watch from the side. One adult can bring a maximum of two dogs.

Residents interested in bringing their dog out for a dip are asked to visit the ‘Dog-only Swim’ tab on the City’s Swim & Water Play page for participating locations and more information:

The City will be accepting donations on behalf of Toronto Animal Services of peanut butter, freeze-dried treats (liver, chicken, and beef) and dog toys.

Summer might be winding down, but it’s not over yet. Lifeguard supervision and beach maintenance will continue at 10 City beaches from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Monday September 5. More information, including the status of each designated swimming beach, is available on the City’s Beaches webpage:

While visiting a City swimming beach, residents are asked to:
•       Only swim in designated areas with lifeguard supervision
•       Stay within arm’s reach of children at all times
•       Hydrate with water, wear sunscreen and don’t swim while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

As a reminder, City beaches that meet high standards for water quality, safety, environmental management and education fly The Blue Flag. Each lifesaving stand across the waterfront will be marked with a Parks Locate Point (PLP) and 911 signs to support further safety measures for the public this coming beach season.

Swim zone boundaries are marked at Toronto’s swimming beaches by red-over-yellow flags. Floating swim markers show the swim zone boundaries in the water. Swimming past or outside of these markers is not permitted as undesignated areas can have dangerous water conditions such as undertows and rip currents. Residents are asked to stay within the clearly marked swim zones.
If no flags are flying at a Toronto beach, lifeguards are not on duty and visitors should not swim.
Toronto Island Park
Toronto Island Park is a great place for residents to enjoy a scenic picnic, hike or bike ride, and features the interactive Franklin Children’s Garden.

Ferry service is operating on the regular summer schedule. Ferries to the Toronto Island operate out of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay W., and take riders to Centre Island, Hanlan’s Point and Ward’s Island. More information, including a complete ferry schedule, fares and a link to purchase tickets, is available on the City’s Ferry webpage:

Tickets to ride can also be bought in person at booths one through seven. Mobile ticket holders may enter through booths eight and nine. For a smooth entry, visitors are asked to have tickets ready to be scanned.

Important reminder about fireworks
Residents are reminded that Labour Day and the weekend days preceding it are not designated fireworks days. Residents are not permitted to set fireworks off on private property unless they have obtained a permit from Toronto Fire Services.

Fireworks are not permitted in City parks or on beaches, balconies, streets, parking lots or other private property. To report the misuse or illegal sale of fireworks, residents can call 311 or submit a service request online ( or by using the 311 Toronto mobile app ( The City’s Bylaw Enforcement Officers will be present to monitor busy parks and beaches to respond to issues.

More information about fireworks, including proper use and disposal, is available on the City’s Fireworks webpage:

Community recreation centres
Community recreation centres will be open for regular program hours on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, but closed on Monday, September 5 for Labour Day.

For a full list of community recreation centres in Toronto and contact information for each, please visit the City’s Recreation Centres webpage:

Golf at municipal courses
Toronto’s five municipal golf courses will be open over the weekend, offering holiday rates for Monday, September 5 (Labour Day). These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily for the golfing season, which typically runs until the end of November, weather permitting. More information about City-run golf courses is available on the City’s Golf webpage:

Conservatories and greenhouses
Allan Gardens and Centennial Park conservatories continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – admission is free. More information is available on the City’s Conservatories webpage:

Riverdale Farm
Residents and visitors to Toronto can visit a working farm in the centre of the city. Riverdale Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available on the City’s Zoos & Farms webpage:

High Park animal attraction
Toronto’s oldest animal attraction has been entertaining people for 120 years and is open every day between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Roads in High Parks will be closed to vehicular traffic for all three days of the Labour Day long weekend. More information is available on the City’s Zoos & Farms webpage:

Toronto Zoo
What better place to spend the Labour Day long weekend than at the Toronto Zoo, where visitors can discover over 4,000 animals while exploring over 10 km of walking trails and four tropical pavilions?

The Terra Lumina Night Walk experience is back for its fourth season, running Thursday night through Sunday night. Guests are led through the experience with the use of interactive displays, light, sound, music and video projection. Tickets are available for purchase on the Zoo’s website at

Guests interested in getting up close and personal with some of their favourite Toronto Zoo animals are encouraged to try a behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters tour. Timeslots can be booked online at

Toronto Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Zoo is open on Labour Day. Guests are reminded that this is the last weekend of the season to cool off at the Zoo’s Splash Island splash pad.

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art (2021-2022)
Residents can explore free public art across the city through ArtworxTO, a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. The exciting new initiative supports artists and art projects that reflect Toronto’s diversity and creates more opportunities for the public to engage with art in their everyday lives.

Residents and visitors can use the Interactive ArtworxTO Map ( to discover local public art. The map offers filters to sort through artist, artwork name, type, neighbourhood or City program, and users can favourite all the works they would like to visit. Users can also create their own customized route with the GPS-enabled Interactive ArtworxTO map and email it to themselves and friends. More information is available at

Exhibitions at City-run galleries
Timeline: Changing Waters is showing at Assembly Hall Gallery on Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 (Labour Day). More information about the City’s Assembly Hall Gallery is available on the Toronto History Museums webpage:

The Art Guild of Scarborough’s juried ‘Arthur Show’ is showing at the Clark Centre for the Arts on Saturday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 (Labour Day). More information about the City’s Clark Centre for the Arts is available on the Toronto History Museums webpage:

Toronto History Museums
All Toronto History Museums are closed on Monday, September 5. Eight museums will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday:
•       Fort York National Historic Site:
•       Gibson House:
•       Mackenzie House:
•       Market Gallery (Saturday, September 3 only):
•       Montgomery’s Inn:
•       Scarborough Museum:
•       Spadina Museum:
•       Todmorden Mills:

General admission to all Toronto History Museums is permanently free to provide everyone an opportunity to fully participate in cultural heritage and spaces. For locations, hours of operation and more, residents can visit Toronto History Museums’ Plan Your Visit webpage ( or consult the webpage of a specific museum.

StrollTO neighbourhood walks
Residents and visitors to Toronto can explore Toronto History Museums as part of StrollTO and enjoy 140 vibrant neighbourhoods through this collection of self-guided walking tours produced by the City in association with Founding Sponsor American Express Canada and in partnership with Destination Toronto.

All museum locations are closed Monday, September 5 (Labour Day). More information is available at

St. Lawrence Market
Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market will operate during regular business hours throughout Saturday and Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend.

Saturday, September 3: the South (main) Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Saturday Farmers Market will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. for outdoor vendors and inside the Temporary Market at 125 The Esplanade. Visitors can enjoy food vendors, music and entrainment out on the pedestrianized Market Street throughout the day.

Sunday, September 4: the South (main) Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As part of the Sunday Chef Series, residents are encouraged to join Chef Charlotte Langley for a special Seafood Palace cooking demonstration and samples on Market Street. Opera Atelier will also host live music performances that explore opera, popular music and more.

Monday, September 5: the Market will be closed for Labour Day.

More information available at

Service impact: waste drop-off depots
The City’s Drop-off Depots will be closed for residential drop-off of garbage, yard waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste and electronics on Monday, September 5.

More information is available under the Labour Day (September 5) heading on the City’s 2022 Holiday Collection & Drop-Off Depot Impacts webpage:

Road restrictions and closures
A number of road restrictions and closures related to events and critical City-led infrastructure work are in effect, which may impact travel throughout the Labour Day long weekend.

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and visit the City’s Road Restrictions & Closures webpage for more information:

SOURCE City of Toronto

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