Celebrate Simcoe Day. Scenic Sensations Await!
Welcome to the last warm summer holiday weekend before Labour Day.
In Toronto, we celebrate Simcoe Day to honour Colonel John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806) who was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. He founded the Town of York (which would eventually be renamed the City of Toronto in 1834), authorized the first troops to be stationed at York, and proposed The Anti-Slavery Act of 1793 to strongly influence the abolishment of slavery in Canada.
Simcoe Day holiday also provides an opportunity to enjoy recreational activities in this City. Have a look at the City of Toronto webpage on Simcoe Day Recreation, City of Toronto Festivals and Events, and the Toronto Festival Guide for inspiration.
For those who want to experience Simcoe Day with re-enactments of fighting troops in full military gear from the late 18th century, a visit to Fort York is highly recommended.
To read up on the history of Fort York, here are some interesting titles available:
If you are planning a hike, walk, or an easy stroll around the neighbourhood, take these titles along with you on your journey:
Enjoy the long weekend, the warm days remaining in this summer season and an appreciation of the history behind this Civic Holiday in Toronto.