G20 Toronto closures are going to be widespread, and certainly a pain in the ass for those stuck in the city during the summit. But, it's not all doom and gloom. If you have the spirit for protest, this is the weekend you've been waiting for. And, even if you don't, there remain (perhaps surprisingly) a number of things to do in Toronto over the next couple days.
Here's a breakdown of what's open, what's closed, and a few tips on what you might want to steer the hell clear of.
Given that police now have have the right to arrest anyone within five metres of the security fence who doesn't produce identification, there's even more reason to avoid the G20 security perimeter. And, unless your plan is to engage the cops, there's little point to go near this area anyway (unless you live near or within it). Although the traffic zone will technically be open to the public -- after passing an ID check -- the vast majority of businesses within the area will be closed starting today and extending through the weekend.
Use the interactive map below to determine what you'd be best to avoid (hint: it's the pink and purple areas).
But, alas, even those with every intention of avoiding these zones will have to deal with disruptions.
- Roads: As some have already experienced, there will be intermittent but major delays on a number of Toronto's major highways like the 427, 401, QEW, Gardiner Expressway and the DVP. If you're on Twitter, follow @G8G20ISUca for updates about closures and other news.
- The TTC: Some good news is that the TTC expects to be running with only minor diversions. The 6B Bay, 97/320 Yonge, 503 Kingston Rd., 72 A/B Pape will all deviate from regular routing. While the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina will not stop at Queens Quay Station, which is closed during the summit. For information on road delays that will affect the TTC, you can consult their website or follow @TTCNotices on Twitter.
- GO Transit: GO will also be offering regularly scheduled service, but riders coming through Union would be best advised to use the Bay St. exits from the station.
- The Airport: Pearson International is open throughout the summit, but one can expect delays reaching the airport and plenty of security presence upon arrival. Needless to say, this ain't the weekend for plane spotting.
- The Island Airport: Billy Bishop is also open with Porter offering a full flight schedule over the weekend. It will, however, be a nightmare to access the airport itself.
- Trains and Union Station: VIA train service will be on a reduced schedule and will not be using Union Station until Monday the 28th. Services and Shopping
- Banks: CIBC, Scotiabank, TD, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal will all be closing some of their branches over the summit.
- Underground PATH: The PATH network will be closed throughout the summit.
- LCBO: The LCBO will be closing a number of its downtown locations for the summit. Some of the closures include: 2 Cooper St., 87 Front St. W, 10 Lower Jarvis St. First Canadian Place, 415 King St. W.
- Eaton Centre: The Eaton Centre will be open over the weekend. (G20 be damned!)
- St. Lawrence Market: The market will remain open as usual on Saturday.
- U of T: The St. George campus will be shut down during the summit. For more information, go here. To read an editorial about this, go here. OCAD will also close, while Ryerson will remain open.
- City Tours: Most tour companies -- e.g. Toronto Hippo Tours and Toronto Tours -- will cease or limit operations for the weekend. Entertainment
- Attractions: The AGO, CN Tower and Centreville Amusement Park will be closed.
- Mirvish Productions: Mamma Mia and Rock of Ages will not be performed over the weekend (and haven't been during the lead up to the summit).
- The Jays: Originally scheduled home games will be played in Philadelphia this weekend. If had tickets, info here.
- The ROM: Despite its proximity to Queen's Park, the ROM will be open.
- TD Jazz Festival: Also good news is that the Toronto Jazz Festival is still taking place over the weekend.Protests
The Toronto Community Mobilization website has a comprehensive list of protests scheduled for the weekend. Of particular note are the Get Off the Fence protest and the Bike Block action, taking place on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Additional information will be added to this guide should it come up as the summit officially begins.
Map compiled by Global Toronto. Photos by *Imperialis*, picturenarrative, ryan.coleman and Tomasz Bugajski