The weekend of June 26th through June 28th will see the culmination of the Toronto Pride Week Celebrations with lots of events and festivities that will see many roads closed.
The following list includes the road closures and times for those closures taken from Toronto Police News Releases. The originals can be found at www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases
Pride Week 2009 will require road closures, beginning on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 6 p.m. and
ending on Monday, June 29, 2009, at 7 a.m.
The area will be shut down in two stages:
− on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 6 p.m., Church Street will be fully closed to all vehicular traffic,
from the north side of Carlton Street to the south side of Wellesley Street East,
− on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 2 a.m., the closure on Church Street will be extended, fully
closing the roadway, from Carlton Street to the south side of Hayden Street, and closing
Wellesley Street, from the east side of Yonge Street to Jarvis Street.
When the full road closure is in effect, TTC buses will not have access to Wellesley subway
station. All buses will be re−routed.
Vehicles in the area may experience traffic delays.
This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.
On Saturday, June 27, 2009, the Pride and Remembrance Run will take place at 10 a.m.
The event will consist of a 5 km road race or walk.The road closures will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The race/walk route will start at 10 a.m.Formation area:
− Wellesley Street East of Church Street, full roadway, between Wellesley Street and JarvisStreet,
− Westbound on Wellesley Street, full roadway,
− Northbound on Queen’s Park Crescent East, full roadway,
− U−turn at Charles Street,− Southbound on Queen’s Park Crescent West, full roadway,
− U−turn at College Street,
− Two laps around Queen's Park,
− Eastbound on Wellesley Street, full roadway,
− Dispersal area:
− Wellesley Street East Of Church Street, full roadway, between Wellesley Street and
Jarvis Street Motorists are advised to consider the road closures when planning their travels.
The event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.
On Saturday, June 27, 2009, Pride Toronto will host the annual Dyke March.
As of 1 p.m., the following roads will be fully closed to prepare for the parade:
− Bloor Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street,
− Church Street, from Yonge Street to Hayden Street,
− Carlton Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street,
− Yonge Street, from Davenport Road to Gerrard Street
The Dyke March will start at 2 p.m. and will proceed along the following route:
− Bloor Street East at Church Street,
− westbound on Bloor Street East
− southbound on Yonge Street,
− ends on Yonge Street at Carlton Street
Vehicles in the area can expect delays.
On Sunday, June 28, 2009, the Pride Parade will take place.
At 8 a.m., the following roads will be closed to all vehicular traffic:
− Aylmer Avenue, from Yonge Street to Park Road,
− Park Road, from Rosedale Road to Church Street,
− Rosedale Valley Road, from Park Road to Bayview Avenue.
At noon, road closures will also come into effect on:
− Bloor Street East, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street,
− Church Street, from Yonge Street to Bloor Street East,
− College Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street,
− Gerrard Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street,
− Yonge Street, from Aylmer Avenue to Dundas Street
The Pride Parade will start at 2 p.m., and will proceed along the following route:
− Bloor Street East at Church Street,
− West on Bloor Street East,
− South on Yonge Street,
− End Yonge Street at Gerrard Street
All roads are expected to be re−opened by approximately 6 p.m.
The College/Carlton streetcar route is the only east/west surface route available north of
Vehicles are advised to take other routes as there will be traffic delays in the area.
Although it is stated in each press release, Traffic Services reminds everyone that traffic delays will be expected through out the weekend.
Road closures always lead to frustration and impatience with those people who are not prepared or aware of those closures.
-Leave lots of extra time when planning travels.
-Know alternative routes around the areas that you anticipate travelling in.
-Don't take your frustrations out on your driving behaviour.
-Take public transit.
If you live in the affected areas and you find you route in or out of your home closed...how in the world did you not know and make plans ahead of time for travel in and out????
But, having said that, approach a police officer closest to where you need access (don't try to tell the officer from behind your windshield, with your windows closed using hand gestures what you need), actually park your car, get out, walk out and explain the situation politely.
The officer may be tied up and busy dealing with the safety of other motorists/pedestrians and will not be able to leave their post, so be patient and respectful please.