This boiling hot week is nearing a close, and a long weekend is definitely going to hit the spot. And a special one at that, with our beloved country celebrating 152 years since confederation on Monday.
With gas prices projected to hit the lowest they’ve been in two years this weekend, and with free on-street parking in the city on Canada Day, you might be tempted to hop in your car to get from A to B. If you are looking to drive, you’ll need to find alternative routes through as some areas in the city will be closed for a variety of festivities.
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While this weekend is a bit lighter compared to last, there are full weekend closures, Sunday-only closures, and of course, Canada Day closures to keep in mind.
Here’s where you should avoid if you’re planning on taking a drive:
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is still going strong this weekend, lighting up the Yorkville area with local and international jazz talents. As a result, expect Cumberland Street to continue to be closed between Old York Lane and Bellair Street until Sunday, June 30 at midnight.
Hazelton Avenue between Scollard Street to the north side of the Hazelton Hotel lane will also continue to be closed until Monday, July 1 at 6 am.
Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29
Friday and Saturday are looking pretty free in the road closure department, and the city has not posted any significant permitted events causing closures.
Sunday, June 30
Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
As with the last Sunday of most every month this summer, Pedestrians are taking over Kensington Market for Pedestrian Sundays this Sunday, June 30. Cars will not be permitted in certain areas to allow pedestrians to take in the energy and the vendors in the area traffic-free.
As a result, Augusta Avenue and Baldwin Street will be closed on Sunday, June 30 from noon to 10:30 pm.
Monday, July 1 (Canada Day)
Canada Day Celebration at Mel Lastman Square
As part of an epic Canada Day celebration that takes place annually at Mel Lastman Square, the area will see closures on Yonge Street.
Yonge Street will be fully closed between Park Home Avenue and North York Boulevard from Monday at 4 pm until Tuesday, July 2 at 1 am.
The East York Canada Day Parade & Festival will be celebrating Canada’s birthday this weekend with a parade and day of family fun at Stan Wadlow Park, where the programming will include rides, artisans, food, and live music.
For the festival, the area will see full closures in the area from Monday, July 1 at 8 am to midnight. They are:
- Cosburn Avenue between Greenwood Avenue to Coxwell Avenue
- Cosburn Avenue between Cedarvale Avenue to Oak Park Avenue
- Cedarvale Avenue between Rumney Road to Cosburn Avenue
- Virginia Avenue between Cedarvale Avenue to Cosburn Avenue
- Gledhill Avenue from Holborne Avenue to Cosburn Avenue
There will also be rolling closures in effect in the morning from 8 am to 11:30 am for the parade. It will impact parts of Cosburn Avenue, Sammon Avenue, Woodbine Avenue, Trenton Avenue, and the area around Stan Wadlow Park.
Canada Day Parade in Scarborough
East-enders looking to join a parade for Canada Day won’t have to look too far from home. The Canada Day Parade in Scarborough will see Brimley Road closed between Progress Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East, and Triton Road closed between Brimley Road and Borough Drive on Monday, July 1 from 11 am to 7 pm.