For the first time since 2019, Victoria Day fireworks will finally make a reappearance at Toronto's Ashbridges Bay Park.
Mayor John Tory announced the grand return on Tuesday, noting it will be the first public in-person fireworks display on Victoria Day since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning at 10 pm on Monday, May 23, the free fireworks show will begin and is expected to last 13 minutes, featuring 2,000 different fireworks with what the City is calling a "spectacular finale."
“It is wonderful to see the return of the spectacular public fireworks display on Victoria Day at Ashbridges Bay," Tory said. "Please be safe this long weekend and I encourage everyone to enjoy the many events planned throughout Toronto. Thank you to everyone who has worked to bring back this annual celebration.”
For those interested in seeing the fireworks display, they can make their way to Ashbridges Bay Park, located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue. The City is encouraging attendees to leave their vehicles at home and take public transit or bicycle to the festivities instead.
The park is accessible by transit, and the TTC will be ramping up service on nearby routes beginning at noon on Victoria Day to accommodate the expected influx of riders. The 22 Coxwell, 92 Woodbine, and 501 Queen routes will all see increased service, and dedicated shuttle buses will operate from Woodbine and Coxwell stations.
The City is also reminding residents that setting off your own fireworks in any city parks or on beaches is prohibited.
Although the Ashbridges Bay Park fireworks will likely be the biggest of Toronto's Victoria Day displays, another show will be happening one day prior, on May 22, in Scarborough at 93 Birchmount Road. Beginning at 8:30 pm, Councillor Gary Crawford, partnering with The Church At The Centre, will help to put on the show once again after a two year hiatus.
And for those willing to travel just outside the city, Canada's Wonderland is also going to have a Sunday night fireworks display at the park's closing at 10 pm. It will last 15 minutes and will include more than 6,000 explosions.