Several road closures and transit disruptions are in store this weekend as special events and festivals return to Toronto. Here’s what you need to know:
Ride to Conquer Cancer
Road closures are planned on Lake Shore Boulevard W. on Saturday as thousands of cyclists prepare to hit the road for the 15th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.
The fundraising event for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre returns for the first time in two years. Cyclists will travel more than 200 km from Toronto to Niagara Falls over the course of two days. More than 4,600 cyclists are expected to take part.
The ride will start at Exhibition Place on Saturday morning. The following road closures will be in effect:
- Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard W. from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive at 6 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m.
- Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard W. from British Columbia Drive to Windermere Avenue at 8 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m.
Also on Saturday, Lake Shore Boulevard W. will be closed to vehicles from Second Street to Seventh Street from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. for The Lakeshore Village Grilled Cheese Challenge.
Run for Women, Word on the Street
Queen’s Park Crescent E. and W. will be closed to vehicles from College Street to Bloor Street W. from 12:01 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for the Run for Women event in support of the Department of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital.
Queen’s Park Crescent E. and W. will be closed to vehicles from Wellesley Street W. to Bloor Street W. from 10:30 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday for the Word on the Street festival.
Portugal Day Parade
Lansdowne Avenue will be closed to vehicles from Bloor Street W. to College Street from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Portugal Day Parade.
Islington Avenue remains closed to vehicles from Eglinton Avenue W. to The Kingsway until Friday, June 17 for the RBC Canadian Open.
ActiveTO will take place on Bayview Avenue from Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square; River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street; and The Meadoway from Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road, from 7 a.m. on Saturday until 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Roads within High Park will be closed to vehicles all weekend.
If you’re hoping to avoid the gridlock on the roads and hop on the subway, there are some service advisories in effect:
- There will be no subway service all weekend on TTC Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations due to Metrolinx construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
- Service on Line 2 between St. George and Broadview stations will begin by noon on Sunday to accommodate beam replacement on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct.
- Bay and Sherbourne stations will be closed on Sunday.
Some bus and streetcar routes will also be impacted by the weekend’s events:
- The 29 Dufferin bus and 501 Queen streetcar will be diverting on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- The 501 Queen streetcar will also be diverting on Saturday to accommodate the Lakeshore Village Grilled Cheese Challenge.
- The 19 Bay, 72 Pape, 97 Yonge, 320 Yonge and 172 Cherry Beach buses will be diverting due to filming at Queens Quay and Yonge Street on Saturday
- The 19 Bay bus will be diverting from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- The 47 Lansdowne bus, 63 Ossington bus and 505 Dundas streetcar will be diverting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Delays are expected on the 29 Dufferin bus during this time.
- The 13 Avenue Road and the 94 Wellesley will be diverting all weekend
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