Toronto drivers will need to pack their patience this weekend, thanks to numerous road closures across the city. 

The Don Valley Parkway from York Mills Road to the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, June 5 from 2am to 2pm to accommodate the Bike for Brain Health, a cycling fundraiser to benefit Baycrest Centre and its work with dementia. What’s more, the Gardiner Expressway between South Kingsway and the Don Valley Parkway will also be closed for the event. (At least it’s for a good cause though, right?). 

Meanwhile, Dundas Street will be closed between Ossington Avenue to Lansdowne Avenue from 1pm on Friday until 1am on Monday for Little Portugal’s Do West Fest (formerly called the Dundas West Fest). 

But that’s not all. ActiveTO will take over The Meadoway between Brimley Road and Scarborough Golf Club Road, from 7am on Saturday, June 4 until 7pm on Sunday, June 5.

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Finally, High Park will be closed to vehicles. 

But transit riders won’t be without their inconveniences either. The TTC will be closed on Saturday and Sunday on line 2 between Jane and Ossington due to track work. Meanwhile, line 1 between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations will also be closed on the same days due to track work. 

Not to be outdone, there will also be closures for GO train riders.  Lakeshore West GO Trains will be operating on an hourly basis to accommodate construction happening at Exhibition GO Station. Due to this work, Metrolinx says Exhibition GO will be busier than usual since both east and westbound trains will be using the north platform. Niagara trains may also take longer than usual as a result of the construction.

On the Barrie Line, construction on the Davenport Diamond means there will be no service between Downsview GO and Union Station this weekend as well. In the downtown core, many GO buses will be diverting around aforementioned closures on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) starting Sunday morning. Find more detailed GO info here.

“Whether you’re driving or planning on taking transit, our number one message to travellers this weekend: please give yourself plenty of extra time to safely get to your destination,” said Metrolinx chief spokesperson, Anne Marie Aikins in a Metrolinx blog post.

Or, between the road closures and transit closures, you may want to stick within walking distance from home this weekend. Or (finally) bust out that bike.

Urban Living