Lots of rolling road closures Sunday for Toronto Marathon

Some 14,000 runners will wind their way through city streets on Sunday for the 2019 Toronto Marathon, and a series of rolling road closures will help them do it safely. 

Motorists and commuters should expect slower trips downtown

Multiple popular events will close roads throughout the city on Sunday. (CBC)

Some 14,000 runners will wind their way through city streets on Sunday for the 2019 Toronto Marathon, and a series of rolling road closures will help them do it safely. 

The annual marathon draws participants from around the globe. The run begins at 7:30 a.m. but some roads will be closed to traffic as early as 6 a.m. 

The city says that all roads will reopen by 3 p.m., with most closures ending long before then. 

Some other notable events like the Sikh Spiritual Centre Khalsa Day Parade, Manulife Paddle the Don and the Cherry Blossom Festival will also cause delays for drivers and various transit changes. 

Toronto Marathon closures

Drivers should take note that most of the following closures will only last a few hours as runners make their way south from the start line at Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue to the Don River in the east, before heading west through the downtown core to Humber Bay Park East and back to Exhibition Place:

  • Yonge Street at or near Sheppard Avenue.
  • Yonge Street between Sheppard Avenue and Davisville Avenue/Chaplin Crescent.
  • Chaplin Crescent between Yonge Street and Oriole Parkway.
  • Oriole Parkway between Chaplain Crescent and Lonsdale Road.
  • Spadina Road between Lonsdale Road and Austin Terrace.
  • Davenport Road between MacPherson Avenue and Belmont Street.
  • Belmont Street/Aylmer Avenue/Rosedale Valley Road between Davenport Road and Bayview Avenue.
  • Bayview Avenue from Rosedale Valley Road to Lower River Street.
  • King Street E. between Lower River Street and Sumach Street.
  • Eastern Avenue between Sumach Street and Front Street E.
  • Front Street E./Wellington Street between Eastern Avenue and John Street.
  • John Street between Wellington Street E. and Front Street W.
  • Front Street W. between John Street and Bathurst Street.
  • Bathurst Street between Front Street W. and Fort York Boulevard.
  • Fort York Boulevard between Bathurst Street and Fleet Street.
  • Fleet Street between Fort York Boulevard and Strachan Avenue.
  • Strachan Avenue between Fleet Street and Remembrance Drive.

You can check out an interactive map of the route here.

The route of the 2019 Toronto Marathon. (Google Maps)

Some TTC bus routes will change to accommodate marathoners. Click here to check if your bus may be affected.

Aside from marathon-related changes, there will be no service on TTC Line 2 Saturday between Victoria Park and Kennedy Stations.

GO buses will also detour along the Toronto Marathon path on Sunday.

Stops between Finch and York Mills won't be serviced.

High Park closed to traffic

High Park will be closed to all non-essential traffic during the Cherry Blossom Festival from May 4 to May 13.

Visitors should consider taking transit and drivers should expect traffic delays in the area.

Khalsa Day parade closures

Beginning at noon and lasting until around 8 p.m., this popular event will close roads in Etobicoke, including:

  • Humberwood Boulevard between Morning Star Drive and Humberline Drive.
  • Humberline Drive between Humberwood Boulevard and Finch Avenue W.
  • Finch Avenue West between Humberline Drive and Westmore Drive.
  • Westmore Drive between Finch Avenue West and Carrier Drive.

Paddle the Don

This family-friendly event will close Bayview Avenue between Mill Street and Front Street E. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.