Weekend events affect transit services, March 13, 14, 15, 16, 17



A hockey game, two St. Patrick’s Day parades, a road race and the National Home Show affect transit services in Guelph, Peterborough and Toronto this weekend.


The events affect service along these routes:

GO Transit88 Peterborough - Oshawa.

Guelph TransitAll routes.

Peterborough Transit1 George North, 7 Lansdowne, 9 Nicholls Park, 10 Collison, 11 Ashburnham.

Toronto Transit Commission1 University subway shuttle, 5 Avenue Rd, 6 Bay, 72A Pape via Commissioners, 94 Wellesley, 501 Queen, 505 Dundas, 506 Carlton, 509 Harbourfront bus, 511 Bathurst shuttle.


The Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 event affecting transit is: the National Home Show and Canada Blooms.

The Friday, March 15 events affecting transit are: the National Home Show and Canada Blooms; and an Ontario Hockey League game.

The Saturday, March 16 event affecting transit is: the National Home Show and Canada Blooms.

The Sunday, March 17 events affecting transit are: the Achilles Toronto St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run / Walk; the Peterborough St. Patrick’s Day Parade; the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Guelph


Ontario Hockey League
All Guelph Transit routes

You can ride any Guelph Transit bus for free on Friday, March 11 to the Guelph Storm game against the London Knights at 7:30 p.m. — if you have a valid ticket to the game. You can ride free of fare to and from the Sleeman Centre on Friday evening after 5 p.m. by simply showing the Guelph Transit driver your game ticket.


Peterborough


Peterborough St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The City of Peterborough is closing

  • George Streets North and South between Parkhill Road and Lansdowne Avenue

Sunday afternoon to accommodate the Downtown Peterborough Business Improvement Association’s annual parade.

The event affects GO Transit and Peterborough Transit services.

GO Transit
88 Peterborough / Oshawa

(GO has not confirmed the detour. This post describes how it detoured buses during previous events that have closed the same part of George Street.)

From 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, southbound buses operate along their regular route to George Street South and Parkhill Road West, then detour:

westward along Parkhill West;
southward along Aylmer Street North;
eastward along Simcoe Street;
looping through the Downtown Peterborough Terminal; then
westward along Simcoe Street; and then
southward along Aylmer North to Charlotte Street,
resuming their regular route westward along Charlotte.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Charlotte Street at Aylmer Street North, then detour:

northward along Aylmer North;
eastward along Simcoe Street;
looping through the Downtown Peterborough Terminal; then
westward along Simcoe Street;
northward along Aylmer North;
eastward along Parkhill Road West to Water Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Water.

Buses serve all regular stops.

Peterborough Transit
11 Ashburnham

(Peterborough Transit has not confirmed the detour. This post describes how it detoured buses during previous events that have closed the same part of George Street.)

From 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Hunter Street East and Rogers Street, then detour:

southward along Burnham Street;
eastward along Maria Street;
northward along Rogers Street;
eastward along Douro Street;
northward along Armour Road;
westward along Parkhill Roads East and West;
southward along Aylmer Street North;
eastward along Simcoe Street; and then
northward into the Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses start their trips at the Downtown Peterborough Terminal, as usual, then proceed:

westward along Simcoe Street;
northward along Aylmer Street North;
eastward along Parkhill Roads West and East;
southward along Armour Road;
westward along Dufferin Street;
southward along Rogers Street;
westward along Hunter Street East;
southward along Burnham Street;
eastward along Maria Street;
northward along Rogers Street to Hunter East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Hunter.

10 Collison

(Peterborough Transit has not confirmed the detour. This post describes how it detoured buses during previous events that have closed the same part of George Street.)

From 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Lansdowne Street West and Lock Street, then detour:

southward along Lock;
eastward along Maria Street;
northward along Park Street North;
eastward along Lansdowne West;
northward along Aylmer Streets South and North;
eastward along Simcoe Street; and then
northward into the Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses reverse the detour routing.

1 George North

(Peterborough Transit has not confirmed the detour. This post describes how it detoured buses during previous events that have closed the same part of George Street.)

From 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, inbound buses operate along their regular route to George Street North and Parkhill Road West, then detour:

westward along Parkhill West;
southward along Aylmer Street North;
eastward along Simcoe Street; and then
northward into the Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses start their trips at the Downtown Peterborough Terminal, as usual, then detour:

westward along Simcoe Street;
northward along Aylmer Street North; and then
eastward along Parkhill Road West to Water Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Water.

7 Lansdowne

(Peterborough Transit has not confirmed the detour. This post describes how it detoured buses during previous events that have closed the same part of George Street.)

From 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Lansdowne Street West and Park Street South, then detour:

along their regular route northward along Park South.

Buses skip their regular stops on Park Street South between Lansdowne Street West and McKellar Street, McKellar between Park South and Lock Street, Lock between McKellar and Lansdowne West and Lansdowne between Lock and Park South. Buses operating along the 10 Collison route drop off and pick up passengers at these stops.

Outbound buses reverse the detour routing.

9 Nicholls Park

(Peterborough Transit has not confirmed the detour. This post describes how it detoured buses during previous events that have closed the same part of George Street.)

From 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Armour Road and Parkhill Road East, then detour:

westward along Parkhill East and West;
southward along Aylmer Street North;
eastward along Simcoe Street; and then
northward into the Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
ending their trips.

Buses operating along the 11 Ashburnham route drop off and pick up passengers at regular 9 Nicholls Park stops south of Parkhill Road East.

Outbound buses reverse the detour.


Toronto


Toronto events include the Achilles Canada St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run / Walk (March 17); the National Home Show and Canada Blooms (March 13, 14, 15 and 16); and the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17).


Achilles Canada St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run / Walk

The City of Toronto is closing several streets in downtown Toronto on Sunday morning to accommodate the annual run, including:

  • Wellington Street West between Clarence Square and Yonge Street.

Registration fees support Achilles Canada, a non-profit organization that allows people with disabilities to benefit from running.

The event may affect TTC bus service.

6 Bay

From about 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, passengers should expect detours or delays as participants pass along Wellington Street West at Bay Street.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade also affects service along this route Sunday, March 17.

509 Harbourfront

Eastbound buses operate along their regular route.

From about 9:30 until 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17, westbound buses start their trips on Yonge Street at King Street West, as usual, then proceed:

westward along King West; and then
southward along Bay to Wellington Street West,
resuming their regular route southward along Bay.

Westbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Yonge Street at Wellington Street West.

Passengers should also expect detours or delays as participants pass along Wellington Street West at Bay Street.

From about 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street and Front Street West, then detour:

eastward along Front West to a temporary stop just east of Bay,
ending their trips.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street north of Front Street West and at Wellington and King Streets West and
  • on Yonge Street at King Street West.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Front Street West east of Bay Street.

Westbound buses start their trips on Front Street West east of Bay Street, then proceed:

eastward along Front Streets West and East;
northward along Jarvis Street;
westward along King Streets East and West; and then
southward along Bay Street to Wellington Street West,
resuming their regular route southward along Bay.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Yonge Street at King and Wellington Streets West.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Front Street West east of Bay Street and
  • on King Street East at Church, Victoria and Yonge Streets.

The National Home Show and Canada Blooms also affect service along this route Saturday, March 16.

72A Pape via Commissioners

Westbound buses operate along their regular detour route to Wellington and Yonge Streets,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Wellington Street West at Bay and York Streets and
  • on York Street at King Street West.

From about 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, eastbound buses start their trips on Wellington Street East at Yonge Street, then further detour:

northward along Yonge Street;
westward along Richmond Street West; and then
southward along Bay Street to King Street West,
resuming their regular detour routing eastward along King West.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on York Street at King Street West and
  • on King Street West at Bay Street.

National Home Show and Canada Blooms

Exhibition Place is closing

  • Manitoba Drive, eastbound lanes, behind the Direct Energy Centre

from Wednesday, March 13 until Friday, March 15 as crews unload exhibits and set up the event.

It’s also closing

  • Princes’ Boulevard in front of the Direct Energy Centre

Saturday, March 16 during the event.

The TTC is detouring bus service while the street is closed.

511 Bathurst shuttle bus

The TTC is replacing streetcars with buses west of Fleet Loop during rewiring work in Exhibition Loop this weekend.

From about 2 until 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16, eastbound buses start their trips in Princes’ Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Canada Boulevard to Manitoba Drive,
resuming their regular route eastward along Manitoba.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Manitoba Drive across from Exhibition Loop.

Instead, eastbound buses pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • in Princes’ Gate Loop.

Westbound buses operate along their regular route to Manitoba Drive and Canada Boulevard, then detour:

southward along Canada; and then
eastward into Princes’ Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Princes’ Boulevard beside the Direct Energy Centre,
  • on Nunavut Road beside the Horse Palace and
  • on Manitoba Drive across from Exhibition Loop.

Instead, westbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • in Princes’ Gate Loop.
29D Dufferin (Princes’ Gate)

From 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Saskatchewan Road and Manitoba Drive, then detour:

eastward along Saskatchewan and Princes’ Boulevard;
northward along Canada Boulevard; and then
eastward into Princes’ Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Manitoba Drive across from Exhibition Loop.

Northbound buses start their trips in Princes’ Gate Loop, then proceed:
northward along Canada Boulevard; and then
westward along Manitoba Drive to Nova Scotia Avenue,
resuming their regular route westward along Manitoba.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Princes’ Boulevard beside the Direct Energy Centre and
  • on Nunavut Road beside the Horse Palace.

Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Manitoba Road beside Exhibition Loop.

From 2 until 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16, southbound buses operate along their regular route.

Northbound buses start their trips in Princes’ Gate Loop, as usual, then proceed:

northward along Canada Boulevard; and then
westward along Manitoba Road to Nova Scotia Avenue,
ending their trips.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Princes’ Boulevard beside the Direct Energy Centre and
  • on Nunavut Road beside the Horse Palace.

Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Manitoba Road across from Exhibition Loop.
509 Harbourfront

The TTC is replacing streetcars with buses as the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and the TTC rebuild and relocate the tracks on Queens Quay West.

From about 2 until 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16, eastbound buses start their trips in Princes’ Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Canada Boulevard to Manitoba Drive,
resuming their regular route eastward along Manitoba.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Manitoba Drive across from Exhibition Loop.

Instead, eastbound buses pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • in Princes’ Gate Loop.

Westbound buses operate along their regular route to Manitoba Drive and Canada Boulevard, then detour:

southward along Canada; and then
eastward into Princes’ Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Princes’ Boulevard beside the Direct Energy Centre,
  • on Nunavut Road beside the Horse Palace and
  • on Manitoba Drive across from Exhibition Loop.

Instead, westbound buses drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • in Princes’ Gate Loop.

The Achilles Canada Toronto St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run / Walk also affects service along this route Sunday, March 17.


Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The City of Toronto is closing

  • Harbord Street between Spadina Avenue and St. George Street,
  • Hoskin Avenue between St. George Street and Queen’s Park Crescent West

and other streets near the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto from about 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, while parade organizers set up the second annual parade.

The parade starts from St. George Street and Bloor Street West at noon. As it reaches the various parts of its route and then clears the streets after it passes by, the City is closing and then re-opening streets in downtown Toronto from noon until about 3 p.m., including

  • Bloor Street West between St. George and Yonge Streets,
  • Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue and
  • Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen Streets.

You can see a map of the parade route here.

To help control traffic during the parade and while parade participants are dispersing, the City is also closing several streets around City Hall from 12:30 until about 3 p.m., including:

  • Bay Street between Dundas and Queen Streets West.

The TTC is detouring transit services during the event.

5 Avenue Rd

Buses operate along their regular route.

From about noon until about 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, TTC supervisors direct buses through gaps in the parade at Bloor Street West and Avenue Road / Queen’s Park. Passengers should expect delays until the parade clears the intersection.

6 Bay

Buses operate along their regular route.

From about noon until about 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, TTC supervisors direct buses through gaps in the parade at Bay Street and Bloor Street West. Passengers should expect delays until the parade clears the intersection.

The Achilles Canada Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Run also affects service along this route Sunday, March 17.

506 Carlton

Streetcars operate along their regular route.

As the parade passes Yonge and Carlton / College Streets, from about 1 until about 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, TTC supervisors direct streetcars through gaps in the parade. Passengers should expect some delays until the parade clears the intersection.

505 Dundas

Streetcars operate along their regular route.

As the parade passes Yonge and Dundas Streets, from about 1 until about 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, TTC supervisors direct streetcars through gaps in the parade at Dundas and Yonge Streets. Passengers should expect some delays until the parade clears the intersection.

501 Queen

From about 2 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, eastbound streetcars operate along their regular route to Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue, then detour:

southward along Spadina;
eastward along King Streets West and East; and then
northward along Church Street to Queen Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Queen East.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street West at Peter, John and Duncan Streets, University Avenue, York, Bay, and Yonge Streets and
  • on Queen Street East at Victoria and Church Streets.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Spadina Avenue south of Queen Street West,
  • on King Street West at Blue Jays Way, John and Simcoe Streets, University Avenue and York, Bay and Yonge Streets,
  • on King Street East at Church Street and
  • on Church Street north of Lombard Street and at Queen Street East.

Westbound streetcars reverse this routing.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Streets East at Victoria and Yonge Streets
  • on Queen Street West at Bay and York Streets and University Avenue, west of Simcoe Street and at McCaul, John and Soho Streets and Spadina Avenue.

Instead, westbound cars drop off and pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Church Street at Richmond, Adelaide and King Streets East,
  • on King Street East at Victoria and Yonge Streets,
  • on King Street West at Bay and York Streets, University Avenue, Duncan, John and Peter Streets and Spadina Avenue and
  • on Spadina Avenue north of King Street West.
1 University subway shuttle

The TTC has not announced detour information, but, while the parade proceeds along Bloor Street West from about noon until 2 p.m., expect detours and delays for the buses.

(Buses replace the subway between St. George and Union Stations as TTC crews resignal the line.)

94 Wellesley

From 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Harbord Street and Spadina Avenue, then detour:

southward along Spadina Avenue and Crescent;
eastward along College Street; and then
northward along Queen’s Park and Queen’s Park Crescent East to Wellesley Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along Wellesley West.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Harbord Street at Huron and St. George Streets,
  • on Hoskin Avenue at Wycliffe College and
  • on Wellesley Street West at the Ontario Legislature Building.

Westbound buses operate along their regular route to Wellesley Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent East, then detour:

westward along Wellesley West;
southward along Queen’s Park Crescent West and Queen’s Park;
westward along College Street; and then
northward along Spadina Avenue and Crescent to Harbord Street,
resuming their regular route westward along Harbord.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Queen’s Park Crescent West at Hoskin Avenue,
  • on Hoskin Avenue at Trinity College and St. George Street and
  • on Harbord Street at Huron Street and Spadina Avenue.

Buses resume their regular route after 12:30 p.m., but, as the parade passes Yonge and Wellesley Streets, from about 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, TTC supervisors direct buses through gaps in the parade. Passengers should expect some delays until the parade clears the intersection.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.