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Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

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Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

We are coming to Toronto (family of 4 - kids age 7 and 12) soon. We will be doing the downtown CityPass things - CN Tower, Aquarium, Museum, etc. We are choosing between July 1 - 3 (holidays but many businesses closed) or June 26-29 (regular weekdays). Which would be busier? I know either will be busy but trying to minimize time waiting in lines. Thanks!

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1. Re: Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

I would expect it to be busier during the Canada holiday.

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2. Re: Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

July 1-July 3 (and June 30) would be busiest between these dates.

July 1 is on the Sunday and many "office" type businesses are closed Monday in lieu.

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3. Re: Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

I believe July 2nd is also being treated as a "holiday" given that Canada Day is on a Sunday. For instance-the LCBO is closed on both dates.

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4. Re: Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

Full context: LCBO is the local government-run liquor store in Ontario (the Liquor Control Board of Ontario), which is probably a foreign concept to somebody from Alabama. But in short, you can't buy liquor from the grocery store or corner store in Ontario, you must go to a separate liquor store, which sets its own hours and is typically not open on holidays, so you have to plan ahead. Most restaurants and bars and pubs will be open and super busy for Canada Day.

July 1 is Canada Day - Canada's national holiday, celebrated similarly to Independence Day in the USA, except in Canada, it celebrates Canada's birth as a nation, with fireworks, parades, Canada flags, BBQs, etc.

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5. Re: Late June or July 1st - which is better time to visit?

First 2 weeks of July are THE busiest of the summer season at any tourist attraction. It is the double whammy combo of the Canada Day holiday and American Independence Day. If you have the option to come the week before, you still stand a chance of lesser lineups, etc.

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