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Fireworks at Ashbridge's Bay Park (on Canada Day and Victoria Day) (Toronto)

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Woodbine Beach is my favourite spot to watch fireworks with kids!

The streetcars and the sidewalks will get quite crowded as you get closer to Woodbine Beach (which sits at the foot of Coxwell Avenue, just east of Ashbridge's Bay and offers the best viewpoint) but once you get to the large and wide beach, there's plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the experience. And this is what I like best about this firework display. If attending Victoria Day Fireworks, bring extra sweaters (it's always a bit more chilly by the water); on July 1st, weather usually is warm, even by the water. It's more fun if you also bring a thick blanket to sit on. Try to grab a few sparkles for the kids at a convenience store, take some drinks and snacks with you (and some beach toys for the younger siblings to kill the time until the show starts).

Then, feeling the anticipation build up is a big part of the fun so I recommend you don't arrive later than 9 p.m. The show starts after 9:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 15 intense minutes. It is reallt lovely the way the fireworks light up the sand and how everyone is so ready to be pleased by the display. No one is ever disappointed by the Ashbridge's Bay fireworks.

To get there:
To get to Woodbine Beach, we always try to park along a side street in Leslieville and then take the eastbound streetcar on Queen Street East. Of course, the return is a bit chaotic and more easily handled using the public transit, but everyone is in such good spirit that we normally think it's a small price to pay for a great Victoria Day tradition.

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