Lots of fireworks on Canada day. If you're in Toronto you can either go to Woodbine beach (small beach) to relax by the water and watch the fireworks at night or watch it at City Hall and then head to clubs afterward (depends on what you like). The TTC is great for getting around the city, most of the time. The other option is head down to Niagara Falls (1.5hr drive from Toronto) and watch amazing fireworks over the falls and then hit the casino. I remember there is a free bus service which picks you up at certain locations in Toronto and take you directly to the casino in Niagara Falls then drops you off back in Toronto (even include a free meal if I remember correctly) - you don't have to spend anything and still see Niagara.
Definitely check out Chinatown on Dundas & Spadina - so much bigger than the one in London! (although, not quite as clean). Definitely lots of good Chinese food around Toronto and exotic fruits which you may have never seen or heard of before. Also, Kensington Market is right next to Chinatown. It's an interesting local neighborhood which doesn't take too long to walk through.
Little Italy & Greektown has great food too. Definitely not to be missed.
Comprehensive shopping in downtown Toronto is along this path:
Start off west of Bloor St (by Yonge St) - the luxury goods area. Walk south on Yonge St. from there all the way to Eaton Centre (Yonge & Dundas). Yonge & Dundas is Toronto's version of Times Square. Walk through Eaton Centre then come out by the south end exit to Queen St. - another 15mins walk west on Queen St. and you pass by City Hall and then hit more shops along Queen. There are also some pubs along this area where you can sit, have a beer and just people-watch. Nice way to spend an afternoon.
Toronto also has lots of great music. Definitely check out closer to the time of your trip for lots of concerts & shows.
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Apr-2009, at 23:53 by canadiank ]
Toronto is a great city, my suggestion for canada day would be head to the woodbine beach like previous poster said. If you like the pubs hit castro's, or murphy's law or quiglleys ( great patio!!!). The fireworks in the beaches are pretty good. Another fun place to go to in toronto is The Madison avenue pub, its a bunch of old mansions turned into a pub. kensington market and queen west have gret vintage shopping. If you have any questions on toronto PM me i am a local.
A meal up the CN Tower is a must. Great food, good price, awesome view - and an experience you'll never forget.
Thanks for the detailed info Canadiank, Woodbine beach sounds like a great idea for Canada day. Will also check out them shopping ideas too! Niagara is high on my list of things to do so the bus will be a great option.
Like the sound of them pubs Nosmada, will be sure to sink some Canadian beers in some of those!
CN tower is also at the top of the list so I think a meal up there would be a must, thanks Redpaddy.
Hey! Try the club Government.. there's different events that it puts on but its a good spot for the nightlife if your into that!
I just have to second the Hockey Hall of Fame suggestion. If your coming to Toronto it would be a shame not to go. There are a lot of interactive games and it is a really fun time. Also, not sure if it was mentioned before but depending on what you decide to do, investing in a Toronto City Pass might be worth it. You can see the details at citypass.com. If you are going to be going to a few of the included destinations it can save you a bit of money.
Don't leave without taking lunch up the CN Tower. Just awesomely good food - and from your seat, you can see Niagara and the Horseshoe Falls over 70 miles away.
In the summer, most Torontonians with the means to do so (and the time off) leave the city and go up to "cottage country" (the lakes and woods 2 hours drive north of the city). Toronto is actually quite HOT in the summer, sometimes. So if you're lucky enough to get invited to someone's cottage (summer home), go for it. Otherwise, you could go camping in Algonquin Park for a few days. That's the true Canadian summer experience.
Been a long time since I've been there but I do remember clearly that they have a GREAT science museum. Oh and you simply have to go up the big tower, at one time it was the CN Tower but I"m sure the name has changed. I was there at Christmas. Let's just say walking out on that platform in July will be a more pleasant experience.