This long weekend in Toronto is set to see more than its share of fun events going on. And you know what that means: road closures.
Here’s a breakdown of which roads will be closed across the city between August 2 and August 5, 2019. Take a gander through this list to learn where you should steer your vehicle clear of for the next few days.
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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade
Scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019, the parade will run from 8:30 am to 9 pm. Set to depart from the Exhibition Place Grounds at British Columbia Drive, the parade will move westbound along Lake Shore Boulevard West. Guest bands and pan bands will turn southbound at Jameson Avenue to eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West. Mas bands will follow a longer route, turning southbound at Parkside Drive to eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Paid admission is required for access and viewing within the Exhibition Place Grounds, while viewing the parade from Lake Shore Boulevard West is free of charge.
Access to view the parade from Lake Shore by TTC or on foot is via Parkside Drive, Roncesvalles Bridge, Dowling Bridge, Dufferin Bridge, and Strachan Avenue. Access into the Exhibition Place Grounds can be gained at Dufferin Gates, the GO or TTC stop within the grounds, and the Princes’ Gates.
There will be no access via Jameson Avenue Bridge or Dunn bridge.
The festival will require numerous road closures and restrictions, which will lead to delays and congestion in the immediate area of the parade. The traffic conditions in the Downtown area, Lake Shore Boulevard West, The Queensway, Queens Quay West, and the Fred Gardiner Expressway are expected to be heavy, Toronto Police report.
From Saturday, August 3 at 2:00 am, until Sunday, August 4 at about 6 am, anticipate:
• Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed to traffic from Bathurst Street to Colborne Lodge
• Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed from Colborne Lodge to Bathurst Street
• Dufferin Street south of Springhurst Avenue will be closed
• Strachan Ave south of Liberty Street will be closed
• Vehicle access west of Bathurst Street on Fleet Street may be closed determined by need
The following Gardiner Expressway ramps will be closed at 2:00 am, on Saturday, August 3:
• Westbound Gardiner Expressway entry ramp at Jameson Ave
• Jameson Avenue and British Columbia entrance ramps to eastbound Gardiner Expressway
• Westbound Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Avenue exit ramp
The Gardiner Expressway is a restricted access highway, which will be patrolled to ensure that vehicles are not parked adjacent to the parade route and pedestrians do not enter the highway area. Drivers who choose to stop or drive in a manner that puts other road users at risk will be subject to strict enforcement.
Restricted Access Points:
• Dufferin Street south of King Street West
• Dowling Avenue south of King Street West
• Stadium Road south of Lake Shore Boulevard west
• Queens Quay West west of Bathurst Street
• Springhurst Avenue west of Jameson Avenue
• Springhurst Avenue east of Jameson Avenue
• All streets from Roncesvalles Avenue to Strachan Avenue, south of King Street are local traffic only commencing at 8:00 am Saturday, August 3, 2019
Access to and from Ontario Place will be restricted to staff and service vehicles only through Remembrance Drive at the foot of Strachan Avenue.
Other streets, although not restricted to vehicles, will be strictly enforced for parking infractions. Those streets are bounded by King Street West, east of Colborne Lodge and west of Bathurst Street.
All vehicles, including tour buses, that are parked illegally will be tagged and towed on:
• Lake Shore Boulevard West (including the grass mediums and park area)
• Remembrance Drive
• Bathurst Street
• Fleet Street
• King Street West
• Queen Street West
• Roncesvalles Avenue
• Dufferin Street
• The Queensway
• Gardiner Expressway
• In the Parkdale and Stadium Road areas
TTC will provide additional service to and from the event. It is recommended that spectators use public transit to attend this event.
Senhor Da Pedra Festival
Grace Street will be closed from Dundas Street West to the first lane south of Mansfield Avenue on Saturday, August 3 from 1 pm until 11 pm and on Sunday, August 4 from 2 pm until 11 pm.
The Taste of Bangladesh
Danforth Avenue will be fully closed from Sibley Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue on Monday, August 5 from 9 am until midnight.