TORONTO, Ont. – The 2012 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto parade is set to take place Saturday, held along a a 3.5-kilometre stretch of Lake Shore Boulevard.
Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the city to take in the Caribbean Carnival, which is one of the largest and most well known in the world.
The following closure will be in effect:
- Lake Shore Blvd. will be closed in both directions from Colborne Lodge Dr. to Strachan Ave. from Saturday at 1 a.m. to Sunday at 6 a.m.
Drivers should be aware that the festival will require numerous road closures and 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 4, 2012.
- Eastbound Gardiner Expressway exit to Jameson Avenue,
- Jameson Avenue and British Columbia entrance ramps to eastbound Gardiner Expressway,
- Westbound Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Avenue exit ramp
The following closure will start at 1:30 a.m., on Saturday August 4, 2012:
- Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed to traffic from Strachan Avenue to Parkside Drive
- Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed from Colborne Lodge to Strachan Avenue
Restricted Access Points:
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 restricted access for vehicles:
- Dufferin Street south of King Street West
- Dowling Avenue south of King Street West
- Stadium Road south of Lake Shore Boulevard West
- Queens Quay West west of Bathurst Street
- Springhurst Avenue west of Jameson Avenue
- Springhurst Avenue east of Jameson Avenue
Other streets, although not restricted to vehicles, will be strictly enforced for parking infractions. Those streets are bounded by King Street West, east of Colborne Lodge and west of Bathurst Street
Bathurst Street closure:
Vehicle access west of Bathurst Street on Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West may be closed after the parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place Gore lots are full. This closure will be determined by need.
The three-week festival, which launched July 17 and ends on August 12, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, features Caribbean music, cuisine and performing arts.
- Extra service will be added to 511 Bathurst, 509 Harbourfront, 29 Dufferin, 47 Lansdowne and 80 Queensway.
- Trains will be running along the Milton, Kitchener, Barrie and Richmond Hill lines, with additional trips on the Lakeshore lines.
- Advance flat-rate GO day passes for August 4 are also available at most GO train stations.