This Monday is Thanksgiving, and for some, that means making a drive or taking a transit ride to see family or friends. But Toronto is in the thick of major infrastructural improvements, which means road closures will be taking place throughout the city. Some major routes will be inaccessible this weekend, and it will be slow-moving for others.

So plan ahead if you want to eat your turkey dinner hot!

If you don’t have anywhere to drive this weekend… don’t. The City of Toronto is encouraging folks to utilize the City’s network of more than 1,500 parks and 11,000 hectares of ravine spaces for some fresh air and exercise this long weekend. Get information on walking, cycling, and hiking in Toronto via the City’s webpage.

And finally, if you find yourself in the vicinity of the Rogers Centre this weekend, be aware that the City will be actively monitoring traffic in the area this weekend, as the Toronto Blue Jays will be hosting 15,000 fans in celebration of the team’s homecoming. This will no doubt affect roads and walkways in the already-congested area -- although the City hasn’t announced any specific road closures at this time.

Weekend Road Closures

  • Roads between Queen's Park and Bay Street will be closed from 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 8 until 7 p.m. to accommodate the Latin Fall Fiesta and Parade.
  • Westbound lanes on Sheppard Avenue East, between Yorkland Road and Fairview Mall Drive, will be closed on Saturday, October 8 from 12:01 a.m. to 7 p.m. for pavement grinding work as part of the Ministry of Transportation bridge rehabilitation project.
  • Two southbound lanes on the Don Valley Parkway -- including the southbound on-ramp at Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue -- will be closed on Sunday, October 9 from 2 to 9 a.m. for TTC repairs to the Price Edward Viaduct.
  • Bayview Avenue, from Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, and River Street West between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 8 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 for ActiveTO.
  • High Park is closed to car traffic on public holidays and weekends, beginning at approximately 11 p.m. on Friday night until approximately 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Limited street parking is available on Bloor Street.

Ongoing Road Closures

  • Lanes will be reduced on Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard, between Jarvis and Yonge Streets, until Friday, October 21, for ongoing gas main work.
  • College Street, from St. George Street to Spadina Avenue, is fully closed to vehicular traffic due to TTC streetcar track replacement and other improvements.
  • College Street, between Borden Street and Spadina Avenue, is reduced to one eastbound lane and there is no westbound travel in this section of the work zone. These closures are expected to persist until mid-November.
  • The intersection of King Street West and Shaw Street is fully closed until mid-November for TTC track replacement.
  • Lanes on Queen's Park, between Bloor Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent, are reduced to accommodate elevator installation work at Museum Station.
  • Lanes are reduced in both directions on The Queensway, between Parkside Drive and the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection, for TTC track replacement and road reconstruction work. Eastbound left turns are not permitted from The Queensway to Glendale Avenue.
  • Roncesvalles Avenue is closed from Queen Street West to Harvard Avenue for watermain replacement, TTC track replacement and road reconstruction.
  • Wellington Street, from Church Street to Yonge Street, is reduced to one westbound lane for TTC track replacement and sidewalk improvements. Scott Street, north of Wellington Street, is closed to all vehicular traffic. Church Street is closed at the Esplanade.

Road Reopens

  • The Carlton and Church Streets intersection has partially reopened. Vehicles can turn right onto westbound Carlton Street from southbound Church Street and turn right onto southbound Church Street from eastbound Carlton Street.

TTC Service Adjustments

  • On Sunday, October 9, service on the portion of Line 2 between St. George and Broadview stations will begin at noon to accommodate beam replacement on the Prince Edward Viaduct.
  • On Monday, October 10, the TTC will operate on holiday service for Thanksgiving Day. Up to date information can be accessed via the TTC website.