Several special events are planned for the coming holiday weekend, including Canada Day July 1 events and Pride Month activities that will result in road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.
Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.
In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/
Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Bloor Street will be closed on Friday, July 1 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a Canada Day celebration.
East York’s Canada Day
• Cosburn Avenue will be closed from Cedarvale Avenue to Oak Park Road.
• Virginia Avenue will be closed from Cedarvale Avenue to Cosburn Avenue.
• Gledhill Avenue will be closed from Holborne Avenue to Cosburn Avenue.
These closures will be in place Friday from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Canada Day parade in Scarborough
• Brimley Road will be closed from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1.
• Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 to 5 p.m.
Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square
The southbound lanes of Yonge Street between North York Boulevard and Park Home Avenue will be closed on Friday, July 1 from noon to 11 p.m. The same block will be fully closed to traffic on Friday evening from 7 to 11 p.m.
Pride Month festivities
• Church Street Pride Festival, July 1 to 4
Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. to Monday, July 4 at 6 a.m. for the Church Street Pride Festival.
• Trans Pride March, Friday, July 1
The Trans Pride March will start at Church Street between Hayden Street and Bloor Street, proceed west on Bloor Street to Yonge Street, go south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street and proceed east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Roads in the area will be closed from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
• Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, July 2
Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to Queen’s Park Circle and Queen’s Park from College Street to Bloor Street will be closed on Saturday, July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for this event.
• Dyke March, Saturday, July 2
The Dyke March will start at Church Street between Hayden Street and Bloor Street, then proceed west on Bloor to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street and east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Roads will be closed between noon and 6 p.m., with the march taking place from 2 to 5 p.m.
• Pride Parade, Sunday, July 3
The Pride Parade will start at Church Street and Bloor Street East, go west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, proceed south on Yonge Street to Dundas Street East and move along Dundas Street East to Victoria Street. A number of roads in the area will be closed for varying periods between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., with the parade taking place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. – CINEWS