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Last weekend of summer in Toronto

Last Updated Sep 20, 2019 at 5:13 am EST

Two women use paddle boards on Lake Ontario in Toronto on May 31, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fall arrives on Monday but you wouldn’t know it if the weekend forecast is any indication. The humidex is expected to return on Friday and continue into the weekend, which means the last weekend of summer will actually feel like one.

There are several events taking place in the city this weekend, below is a selection to help you plan your weekend.

If you are taking the TTC on Sunday, subway service between St. George and Broadview stations is scheduled to start at noon due to beam replacement on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running.

Have a good weekend.


Orangutan birthday
Puppe the Sumatran Orangutan has seen it all at the Toronto Zoo for the past 52 years — after all, she is one of its “founding members.” To celebrate Puppe’s 52nd Birthday, the Zoo is throwing her a party and raising money to help buy her some presents, such as blankets, puzzle feeders, paint and brushes, and buckets. Some of the money raised will also help the Zoo care for its other Sumatran orangutans. Oh and by the way, Puppe is the second oldest Sumatran orangutan in North America. Happy birthday dear Puppe, you don’t look a day over 25!

Cuteness overload
The guinea pig will be celebrated at the Toronto Guinea Pig Picnic, which is taking place at Greenwood Park on Sunday. The fundraising event raises awareness about the care and welfare of guinea pigs. Admission is free with a donation, and proceeds raised will go to Helping Homeless Pets and Piggles Cares. Some of the activities for the guinea pigs (which let’s face it are for their human parents) include a green carpet for the paparazzi and a Halloween costume station for all important photo.

Art in the park
If you love art and food, then Trinity Bellwoods Park will be the place to be this weekend for the Queen West Art Crawl. The outdoor exhibition features more than 200 artists and artisans across Canada, as well as food trucks and a beer garden. There will also be music and dance performances and activities for the kids. Admission to the park is free.

Remembering the past
Eighty years ago, on Sept. 10, 1939, Canadians declared war on Germany. By December, troops sailed to Britain to serve in the Second World War. This weekend, the Fort York National Historic Site is hosting A City Mobilizes: Toronto and the Second World War — an exhibit to remember those who contributed to the war overseas and the homefront. Listen to the stories from veterans and historians who were in the war, as well as a look at the military operations. Click here for a history of Canada’s role in the war. Admission to Fort York is free.

Raising awareness
A walk is taking place in Toronto on Saturday to raise awareness to stop human trafficking in Canada. Registration for the Free-Them Freedom Walk is at 9 a.m. at The Westin Harbour, followed by a continental breakfast, an honorary ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and the walk at noon. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for those under 18, and free for children under five. Money raised from the walk will go to Aurora House in Toronto.