Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 Scotiabank Caribana Festival Parade

On Saturday, August 1, 2009, the 42nd Annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival Parade will take place on Lake Shore Blvd. W. between Strachan Avenue and Colbourne Lodge Drive.

The festival will require numerous road closures, restrictions which will lead to delays and congestion in the immediate area of the parade.


The following Gardiner Expressway ramps will be closed at 12:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 1, 2009.
E/B Gardiner Expressway exit to Jameson Avenue,
Jameson Ave and British Columbia entrance ramps to E/B Gardiner Expressway,
W/B Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Ave. exit ramp.

The following closure will commence at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday August 1, 2009
Westbound Lakeshore Blvd. W. will be closed to traffic from Strachan Ave. to Parkside Dr.
Eastbound Lakeshore Blvd. W. will be closed from Colbourne Lodge to Strachan Ave.


In order to assist the safe movement of traffic and to provide for as little disruption as possible to residents, the following streets will have a restricted access, for vehicles:
Dufferin St. south of King St. W.
Dowling Ave. south of King St. W.
Stadium Rd. south of Lakeshore Blvd. W.
Queens Quay W. west of Bathurst St.
Springhurst Ave. west of Jameson Ave.
Springhurst Ave. east of Jameson Ave.

Other streets, although not restricted to vehicles, will be strictly enforced for parking infractions. Those streets are bounded by King St. W., east of Colborne Lodge and west of Bathurst St.


Vehicle access west of Bathurst St. on Fleet St. and Lakeshore Blvd. W. may be closed after the parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place Gore Lots are full. This closure will be determined by need.


Toronto Transit Commission vehicles must have free movement during this event.

There will be a temporary T.T.C. bus stop on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. W. near The Palaise Royale/Sunnyside Foot Bridge, for express buses to the Keele St. Subway Station. Approximately 25 buses will be put on this route starting at 0840 hrs.

There will be a temporary T.T.C. bus stop on the south side of the westbound lanes of Lakeshore Blvd. W., between Dunn Ave. and Jameson Ave., for express buses to the Bloor St. W. subway line. There will not be a southbound drop off at Jameson Ave. and Springhurst Ave. All drop offs, and pickups will be made on the westbound lanes of Lakeshore Blvd. W. just east of Jameson Ave.

T.T.C. service to and from the east end of the event will be through the Manitoba Dr./Strachan Ave. area of Exhibition Place.

T.T.C. will stop at Strachan Ave/Fleet St., to enable any passengers attending Ontario Place to exit at this location.

T.T.C. must also have unobstructed access at Springhurst Ave/Dufferin St., Illegally parked vehicles and obstructing vendors will be removed.


All access to Ontario Place will be through Remembrance Dr. at Lakeshore Blvd. W./Strachan Ave. Vehicles exiting Ontario Place will do so only at Lakeshore Blvd. W. and Ontario Place Blvd. and will travel eastbound on Lakeshore Blvd. W. only.


Disabled Parking will be at the Direct Energy Centre in the within the CNE grounds
Enter via Manitoba Dr/Strachan Ave. then south on Canada Blvd. to the entrance ramp of the Direct Energy Centre.
Valid disabled parking permit must be shown.


All vehicles including tour buses, parked illegally on:
Lakeshore Blvd. W. (including the grassed area),
Bathurst St.,
Fleet St.,
King St. W.,
Queen St. W.,
Roncesvalles Ave.,
Dufferin St.
The Queensway
Gardiner Expressway
will be tagged and towed.

Vehicles parked illegally in the Parkdale and Stadium Rd. areas will be tagged and towed.

The Gardiner Expressway is a restricted access highway which will be patrolled to ensure that vehicles are not parked adjacent to the parade route and pedestrians do not enter the highway area. Drivers who chose to stop or drive in a manner that puts other road users at risk will be subject to strict enforcement.

Due to the large number of visitors and continuous events that occur with the festival, intermittent road closures may occur throughout the downtown core in the evenings and nights of Friday, July 31 to Sunday August 2 in the interest of public safety.

Historically, Yonge Street and the Entertainment District access has been restricted in the evenings and overnight.

It is recommended that you make yourself aware of alternative routes before heading into the downtown or entertainment district areas to avoid delays.

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