Prepare For Dozens Of Road Closures For Toronto Marathon This Sunday

The annual Toronto Marathon is about to run through your neighbourhood. This will result in many road closures Sunday.

These road closures are a small price to pay for the benefits the Marathon will reap. Organizers hope to surpass $1.2 million this year, which will go to several local charities, including The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Sick Kids.

The Toronto Marathon, which will host 14,000 participants from over 50 countries, also says it’s working closely with city officials to minimize disruptions and re-open roads as quickly as possible.

Here’s what you need to know to plan your travel routes this Sunday:

Road closures start at 6 a.m.

The event itself kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the 10-kilometre run. This will be followed by the marathon, marathon relay, five-kilometre run, half-marathon, and the five-kilometre walk.

North York is the starting point for the marathon and half-marathon. Participants will make their way up Yonge towards the downtown core, along Lake Shore Boulevard, through the Humber Bay Shores area, then back onto Lake Shore. Their finish line is at Ontario Place.

The 10-kilometre participants will start near Yonge and Bloor and end at Ontario Place. While the five-kilometre run and walk both begin and end at Ontario Place.

The road closures will be placed along Yonge and include streets within Bayview Avenue to the east, South Kingsway to the west, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south and Finch Avenue to the north.

These Gardiner and DVP ramps will also be closed:

Eastbound Gardiner ramp to Jarvis Street from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Westbound Gardiner ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard at Spadina Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DVP Bayview/Bloor ramp to Bayview Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday’s Road Closures

  • Beecroft Road, Elmhurst Avenue to Horsham Avenue (with exception of northbound lane for condo access), from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Ellerslie Avenue, Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Churchill Avenue, Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • North York Boulevard, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Elmhurst Avenue, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Park Home Avenue, from Beecroft Road to Yonge Street, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Southbound Yonge Street, from Horsham Avenue to Highway 401, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Highway 401, southbound Yonge Street ramps, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound Yonge Street, from Highway 401 to York Mills Road, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Southbound Yonge Street, from York Mills Road to Eglinton Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound Yonge Street, from Eglinton Avenue to Chaplin Crescent, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Yonge Street, Chaplin Crescent to Aylmer Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Westbound Chaplin Crescent, Yonge Street to Oriole Parkway, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound Oriole Parkway, Chaplin Crescent to Lonsdale Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Westbound Lonsdale Road, Avenue Road to Spadina Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Northbound Forest Hill Road, Lonsdale Road to Kilbarry Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound Warren Road, Kilbarry Road to Lonsdale Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound Spadina Road, Lonsdale Road to Austin Terrace, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Westbound Austin Terrace, Spadina Road to Walmer Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound Walmer Road/Kendal Avenue, Austin Terrace to MacPherson Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Eastbound MacPherson Avenue, Kendal Avenue to Davenport Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Davenport Road, MacPherson Avenue to Dupont Street, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Westbound curb lane Davenport Road, Dupont Street to Belmont Street, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Belmont Street, Davenport Road to Yonge Street, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Aylmer Avenue, Yonge Street to Rosedale Valley Road, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Rosedale Valley Road, Aylmer Road to Bayview Avenue, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Bayview Avenue, Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lawren Harris Square, Bayview Avenue to Lower River Street, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lower River Street, Bayview Avenue to King Street East, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Eastbound King Street East, River Street to Wilkins Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Sumach Street, King Street East to Eastern Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Westbound Eastern Avenue, Sumach Street to Front Street East, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Westbound Front Street East, Eastern Avenue to Wellington Street East, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Westbound Wellington Street, Front Street East to John Street, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Southbound John Street, Wellington Street West to Front Street West, from 7 a.m. to noon
  • Westbound Front Street West, John Street to Bathurst Street, from 7 a.m. to noon
  • Southbound Bathurst Street, Front Street West to Fort York Boulevard, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Southbound Fort York Boulevard, Bathurst Street to Lake Shore Boulevard West, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Eastbound Marine Parade Drive, Humber Bay Park East to Waterfront Drive, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Waterfront Drive, Marine Parade Drive to Palace Pier Court, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard curb Lane, Humber River to Remembrance Drive (there will be intermittent access to roads on the south side when safe), from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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