Canada Day Weekend brings a whole lot of activity to Toronto, and with that comes road closures. Fortunately, traffic is reduced thanks to the exodus up north that so many people make to various lakeside retreats, but you'll still want to navigate around the city carefully given how many streets are shutdown for various events this weekend.
There won't be road closures around Ashbridge's Bay leading up to the fireworks display, but note well that the area will be flooded with traffic before and after the event.
The most significant closures come from the biggest event. Along with the various shut downs to accommodate the big three parades, Church Street will also be closed between Carlton and Hayden streets between 6 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday.
We have a dedicated guide to the various parade routes and affiliated closures, but the key streets to watch out for are Church Street, Bloor Street East, Yonge Street, Carlton Avenue and Dundas Street. Closures will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and coming into rolling effect until 7 p.m. on Sunday in accordance with the Trans March, the Dyke March, and the main Pride Parade.
Also worth noting is that Queen's Park will be closed from College to Bloor streets from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday for Canada Day celebrations. Similarly, Brimley Road will be shut down from Progress Avenue to Lawrence Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
The southbound lanes of Yonge St. will be closed between North York Boulevard and Park Home Avenue starting at noon until 11 p.m for North York's Canada Day festivities, while a series of closures will take place along Cosburn Avenue for East York's celebrations from 7 a.m. until midnight.
As far as major construction goes, the intersection of College and Bathurst remains closed, while Lansdowne Avenue is closed between Dundas Street West and Rideau Avenue.
In better news, the TTC will have the subway fully operational this weekend.
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by Derek Flack via blogTO