Good news - the Victoria Day long weekend's finally here, which means tons of fun events are happening in Toronto over the next three days. Bad news - those events will come with road closures, making it extra tricky to get around the city this weekend. Because of Victoria Day weekend, Toronto may see extra traffic in certain areas due to local road and lane closures.
First and foremost, there's the Raptors tailgate viewing parties on Friday, May 17th and Sunday, May 19th. From 7:00 AM to midnight, Bremner Boulevard from Lake Shore Boulevard West to the east side of the parking garage at 25 York St will be closed. If you're heading downtown for the game, or to any of the attractions in the area, do yourself a favour and take transit. Here's the closure on a map, so you can plan ahead.
Also, avoid driving in the Yonge-Dundas Square area this weekend. Roads in the area are already shut down for Ribfest and will remain closed until Sunday, May 19th at midnight. The south curb lane at Dundas Square between Yonge Street and O'Keefe Lane is closed, as well as the west curb lane of Dundas Square at Victoria Street. Plus, the area will be really busy with Ribfest-goers all weekend long.
There's a major road closure uptown as well. Bathurst Street Festival is on this weekend, which means Bathurst Street between Wilson Avenue and York Downs Drive will be closed on Monday, May 20th from 4:00 AM to midnight. Which also means the 7 Bathurst bus will be diverting around the area.
The City of Toronto warns that, in addition to these closures, it's also construction season. They say that "a significant amount of road work" is taking place this weekend, so plan accordingly. You can see every single planned road closure, from minor to major, on this city roadwork map.
One more thing to note. The TTC subway will be shut down on Line 3 Scarborough between Kennedy and McCowan stations from Saturday, May 18th to Monday, May 20th to accommodate duct bank repair work. Shuttle buses will operate, but Ellesmere, Midland and McCowan stations will all be closed. For more details, see the TTC's service alert.
Most importantly, though, Toronto is getting great weather this weekend. Sunday's high will climb to 28°C with the Humidex, so get excited and enjoy!