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Ceremony marking 100 years since Vimy Ridge among Toronto weekend events

Last Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 6:51 am EDT

Poppies and Canadian flags are placed at the bottom of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on Vimy Ridge in Vimy, France, on March 28, 2017. GETTY IMAGES/Sylvain Lefevre

Historians say Canada came of age during the First World War, especially during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. But that battle came at a cost with many lives lost, making it the bloodiest day in our military history.

This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, and Canadians will remember those who fought and died in the battle.


Vimy 100

The Battle of Vimy Ridge began on Easter Monday, when Canadian Corps started capturing the entrenched German positions on Vimy Ridge in northern France,

The battle began at 5:30 a.m. on April 9, 1917. While most of the ridge was captured by the afternoon, the entire battleground was under Allied control by April 12. When it was over, 3,598 Canadians were killed and 7,004 were wounded.

Canadian soldiers man the trenches at Vimy Ridge in 1917 during the First World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Canadian soldiers man the trenches at Vimy Ridge in 1917 during the First World War. THE CANADIAN PRESS

 

This Sunday, ceremonies will be held across in France and across Canada, including at the Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto at 2 p.m. Mayor John Tory will be joined by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Ahead of the ceremony in Toronto, free events will take place at Fort York over the weekend.


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Other events

Maple Leafs playoff bound?
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have two more attempts to try to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in four years.

The boys in blue and white lost Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, so will now have battle it out with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. If not, they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Fans pass a flag before a game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 6, 2013. GETTY IMAGES/Claus Andersen
Fans pass a flag before a game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 6, 2013. GETTY IMAGES/Claus Andersen

 

CN Tower Climb for Nature
Take 1,776 steps towards a future where nature and wildlife thrive this weekend at WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature.

File photo of the CN Tower in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira
File photo of the CN Tower in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

The event offers a public climb for friends and family on Saturday, and an ultimate climb challenge for corporate warriors, first responders, extreme sports enthusiasts and other teams on Sunday.

Both climbs begin at 6 a.m. and wrap up at 10 a.m. WWF’s panda mascot will be on hand for photos during the event.

Coffee & Tea Expo
Coffee and tea lovers, rejoice. The Glass Factory on Sudbury Street is hosting its first-ever Coffee & Tea Expo this weekend.

Guests can experience Toronto’s top brews with samples from some of the best indie cafés, discover new beans and recipes, blend their own tea flavours and vote on the city’s best coffee and tea of 2017.

The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15.

High Park Easter Egg Hunt
With Easter just around the corner, Colborne Lodge is getting a head start on all those egg hunts the weekend before the big day.

Egg hunts will be held every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each hunt costs $3. There will also be egg colouring and other activities to keep the kids busy.

Two baskets of chocolate Easter eggs. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira
Two baskets of chocolate Easter eggs. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira

 

Canada’s Wonderland Lifeguard Job Fair
Calling all lifeguards! Canada’s Wonderland is hosting a lifeguard job fair this Saturday.

Applicants need to be at least 16 years old and have – or be in the process of getting – their Bronze Cross or NL (National Lifeguard) certification. The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Human Resources building.

Boy Meets World ’90s Party
Travel back to simpler times at Sneaky Dee’s this Saturday night. The restaurant is hosting a Boy Meets World ’90s Party to reminisce about Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and everyone’s favourite teacher, Mr. Feeny.

Sneaky Dee’s will be playing 90’s music all night, from Vanilla Ice to the Backstreet Boys. 90’s attire is encouraged. The party goes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

TTC closure

Partial Line 1 shutdown
If you are planning to head downtown this weekend, part of the Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) line will be off-limits this weekend due to signal upgrades.

Subways won’t be running between St. George and Downsview stations. However, shuttle buses will only run between Lawrence West and Downsview stations because of ongoing construction at street-level.

TTC riders will have to use the east-west streetcar and bus routes to the Yonge portion of Line 1 or the north-south bus routes to Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth).

Wheel-Trans buses will run Downsview and St George stations upon request.