Island Airport Tunnel Toronto

The Toronto Island airport tunnel will open on July 30

Tired of waiting for the ferry to shepherd you across the Western Gap to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport? You'll soon be able to walk the short distance using the new pedestrian tunnel, which finally opens July 30.

The privately-funded, 853-foot tunnel burrows deep under the lake and contains four moving sidewalks. While construction on the $82.5 million walkway started in 2012, it was originally supposed to open last spring. Delays pushed this date back.

A tunnel to the Island has been in the works, in some capacity or another, since as early as the 1930s, but successive attempts to make the project a reality fell to political opposition and a lack of funds.

With a firm opening date announced, a long Toronto infrastructure story will finally come to a close. And, hey, even though though the Pan Am Games wrap up on July 26, the tunnel will be ready for the Parapan Am Games, which start on August 7 and go until August 18.

Will you use choose the pedestrian tunnel over the ferry? Let us know in the comments.


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