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Cheers! Convoy of beer vats may delay transit services,
January 7 to 12



Update — January 13, 6:02 a.m.: The convoy parked for the day on Mississauga Road south of Highway 407.


Update — January 12, 5:31 a.m.: The convoy did not proceed due to inclement weather. It remains on Trafalgar north of Derry East.


Update — January 11, 6:09 a.m.: The convoy parked for the day on Trafalgar Road north of Derry Road East.


Update — January 10, 8:36 a.m.: The convoy parked for the day on Bronte Road between Britannia and Derry Roads West in Milton.


Update — January 9 7:45 a.m.: The convoy parked for the day on Dundas Street between Brant Street and Guelph Line in Burlington.


Update — January 8, 3:22 p.m.: The convoy parked for the day on York Boulevard near Dundurn Street North — still within the City of Hamilton.

Expect Burlington Transit to detour buses tonight after 9 p.m. as the vats move northwestward along York Boulevard. The detours are likely similar to what what we posted for yesterday, Friday, January 7.


After a delay of several weeks, Challenger Motor Freight expects a convoy of trucks carrying six giant beer vats from Hamilton to Toronto, to start rolling at 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 7.

The five-day odyssey from Hamilton Harbour to the Molson / Coors brewery on Carlingview Drive in Etobicoke involves more than 50 vehicles and police officers from six forces — the Hamilton Police Service, Halton Regional Police, Peel Regional Police, the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Residents living along the route in the Cities of Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan and Toronto and the Towns of Oakville and Milton can expect brief power and traffic-signal outages as municipal and hydro workers move wires and signals to clear the route of overhead obstructions. Motorists and transit passengers should also expect detours and delays.

The convoy mostly travels late evenings and early mornings to avoid most traffic. It usually sets off around 9 p.m. each evening and ends its journey around 6 a.m. the following morning.

Click on the links to find out where it’s traveling — and how its journey affects transit services each day. (Note that the schedule may change as the trip proceeds.)


Overnight, January 7 and 8

Update — January 8, 3:22 p.m.: The beer vats parked for the day on York Boulevard near Dundurn Street North — still within the City of Hamilton.

Expect Burlington Transit to detour buses tonight after 9 p.m. as the vats move northwestward along York Boulevard. The detours are likely similar to what what we posted below.


Tonight, the convoy moves from Hamilton to Dundas Street and Kerns Road at the boundary between Hamilton and Burlington.

Starting at 9 p.m., the convoy proceeds:

southward along Wilfrid Street;
westward along Burlington Street East;
southward along Wentworth Street North;
westward along Cannon Streets East and West;
northwestward along York Boulevard;
northward along Plains Road West;
eastward along York Road;
northward along Provincial Highway 6; and then
eastward along Dundas Street through Waterdown to Kern’s Road, arriving at about 6 a.m.

The convoy may affect Burlington Transit and Hamilton Street Railway services if it passes along their routes before 1 a.m.

Burlington Transit
1 Fairview / Plains

After 9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7, Burlington-bound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Bay Street, then detour:

westward along King West;
north- and eastward along Highway 403;
southward along Waterdown Road; and then
eastward into Aldershot GO Station bus terminal,
resuming their regular route.

Burlington-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street North at Vine Street,
  • on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North;

  • on York Boulevard at Ray Street North, Inchbury Street, at Dundurn Castle, across from Hamilton Cemetery and Old Guelph Road, at the Rock Gardens and at Plains Road West,

  • on Plains Road West at Spring Gardens Road, Louie’s Westside Grill, at the Royal Botanical Gardens headquarters, across from West Plains United Church, at Danforth and Gorton Avenues, Burlington Gardens, Daryl Drive and across from Howard Road and Emery Avenue.

Hamilton-bound buses operate along their regular route to Aldershot GO Station, then detour:

northward along Waterdown Road;
west- and southward along Highway 403;
eastward along Main Street West; and then
northward along Bay Streets South and North to York Boulevard,
resuming their regular route eastward along York.

Hamilton-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Plains Road West at Emery Avenue, west of Howard Road, across from and west of Daryl Drive, across from Easterbrook Drive, west of Unsworth Avenue, at Gorton Avenue, Patricia Drive, West Plains United Church, across from Spring Gardens Road, the Royal Botanical Gardens headquarters, 1110 Plains Road West, west of the Wolfe Island Bridge and at York Boulevard and
  • on York Boulevard at the Rock Gardens, at Hamilton Cemetery, Woodbine Crescent, Locke and Queen Streets North.

Shuttle buses replace the service along Waterdown Road and Plains Road West, between Aldershot GO Station and the Royal Botanical Gardens headquarters.

Hamilton Street Railway
2 Barton

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7, as the convoy passes along Wentworth Street North at Barton Street East and along Cannon Street at James Street North.

3 Cannon

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7, as the convoy passes along Cannon Street East between Wentworth and James Streets North.

4 Bayfront

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7, as the convoy passes along Burlington Street East between Wilfrid Street and Wentworth Street North and Cannon Street West at James and MacNab Streets North.

8 York

Expect delays and detours after 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7, as the convoy passes along Cannon Street West between Bay Street North and York Boulevard and York Boulevard between Cannon Street West and Dundurn Street North.


Overnight, January 8 and 9

Update — January 8, 3:22 p.m.: The beer vats parked today on York Boulevard near Dundurn Street North in Hamilton, so today’s journey starts at that intersection.

Expect Burlington Transit to detour buses tonight after 9 p.m. as the vats move northwestward along York Boulevard. The detours are likely similar to what what we posted above.

The convoy heads again toward Dundas Street and Kerns Road, although we don’t yet know whether that will be the ultimate destination overnight tonight, or if the convoy proceeds further west, deeper into Burlington.


Original schedule:

Tonight, the convoy moves through Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Brampton to Mississauga.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 8 from Kerns Road and Dundas Street, the convoy proceeds:

eastward along Dundas;
northward along Bronte Road / Ontario Street South (Regional Road 25);
eastward along Derry Road East (Regional Road 7);
northward along Trafalgar Road (Regional Road 3);
eastward along Steeles Avenue (Regional Road 8); and then
southward along Mississauga Road (Regional Road 1) to just south of Highway 407,
arriving at about 6 a.m.

The convoy likely won’t affect any transit services overnight, January 8 and 9.


Overnight, January 9 and 10

Tonight, the convoy moves through Mississauga, Brampton and Vaughan to the northern limits of the City of Toronto on Highway 27.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, from Mississauga Road, south of Highway 407, the convoy proceeds:

southward along Mississauga;
eastward along Derry Roads West and East;
northward along Bramalea Road (Mississauga) and Bramalea Road South (Brampton);
westward along Queen Street East / Peel Region Road 107, York Region Highway 7; and then
southward along Highway 27 to Steeles Avenue West.

The convoy may affect Brampton Transit, GO Transit and miWy services if it passes along their routes before 1 a.m.

Brampton Transit
2 Main

Expect detours or delays if the convoy passes along Derry Road East at Hurontario Street and Edwards Boulevard before midnight on Sunday, January 9.

7 Kennedy

Expect detours or delays if the convoy passes along Derry Road East between Hurontario Street and Kennedy Road before 1 a.m. on Monday, January 10.

11 Steeles

Expect detours or delays if the convoy passes along Bramalea Road South at Steeles Avenue East before 1 a.m. on Monday, January 10.

15 Bramalea

Expect detours or delays if the convoy passes along Bramalea Road South between Derry Road East and Knightsbridge Road before 1 a.m. on Monday, January 10.

52 Steeles West

Expect detours or delays after 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, as the convoy passes along Mississauga Road between Highway 407 and Derry Road West and along Derry West between Mississauga Road and Financial Drive.

501 Züm Queen

Service likely will have finished for the day before the convoy reaches Queen Street East. However, expect detours and delays from about 4 until 6 a.m. on Monday, January 10, if the convoy is still passing along Highway 7 west of Highway 27.

GO Transit
34 Brampton - York Mills via Dixon
35 Brampton - York Mills via Highway 27

Expect detours or delays if the convoy passes along Bramalea Road South between Derry Road East and Knightsbridge Road before 1 a.m. on Monday, January 10.

MiWay
19 Hurontario

Expect detours or delays after 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, as the convoy passes along Derry Road at Hurontario Street.

42 Derry

Expect detours or delays after 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, as the convoy passes along Derry Road between Mississauga Road and Financial Drive and between Mavis and Bramalea Roads. (In fact, the convoy should only affect three trips, as most service along the route ends by 9:30 p.m. Sundays.)


Overnight, **January 10 and 11

Tonight, the convoy moves through northern Etobicoke to the Woodbine Racetrack.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10 from Highway 27 and Steeles Avenue, the convoy proceeds:

southward along Highway 27;
westward into the Woodbine Race Track grounds along Grandstand Entrance Road,
arriving in the race track grounds by 6 a.m.

The convoy may affect GO Transit, miWy, TTC and York Region Transit services if it passes along their routes before 1 a.m.

Brampton Transit
11 Steeles
50 Gore Road

Expect detours or delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 between Finch Avenue West and Humber College Boulevard.

GO Transit
35 Brampton - York Mills via Highway 27

Expect detours or delays after 9 p.m on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 between Humber College Boulevard and the Woodbine Race Track.

MiWay
11 Westwood

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 between Rexdale Boulevard and the Woodbine Race Track.

22 Finch

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Finch Avenue West and Humber College Boulevard.

Toronto Transit Commission
36 Finch West

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Finch Avenue West.

37B Islington via Rexdale

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Queen’s Plate Drive.

73 Royal York via Albion

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Albion Road.

96 Wilson

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Humber College Boulevard.

191 Highway 27 Rocket

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 between Steeles Avenue West and Royalcrest Drive, at Finch Avenue West and between Humber College Boulevard and Woodbine Race Track.

309 Finch West overnight

Expect detours and delays before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Humber College Boulevard.

York Region Transit
7 Martin Grove

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Monday, January 10, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 at Finch Avenue West and between Humber College and Rexdale Boulevards.


Overnight, January 11 and 12

Tonight, the convoy moves from Woodbine Race Track to its final destination at the Molson / Coors Brewery on Carlingview Drive.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11 in Woodbine Race Track, the convoy proceeds:


southward along Carlingview Drive;
eastward along Disco Road;
southward along Attwell Drive;
eastward along Belfield Road;
southward along Highway 27;
westward along Farnboro Drive;
southward along Attwell Drive;
westward along Dixon Road; and then
southward along Carlingview Drive to the brewery,
arriving by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12.

The convoy may affect GO Transit, MiWay and TTC services if it passes along their routes before 1 a.m.

GO Transit
35 Brampton - York Mills via Dixon

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, as the convoy passes along Dixon Road between Attwell and Carlingview Drives.

MiWay
11 Westwood

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 between Belfield Road and Farnboro Drive.

Toronto Transit Commission
58 Malton

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, as the convoy passes along Dixon Road between Attwell and Carlingview Drives.

112 West Mall

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, as the convoy passes along Disco Road between Carlingview and Attwell Drives, Belfield Road between Attwell Drive and Brockport Road, Attwell Drive between Farnboro Drive and Dixon Road and Carlingview Drive between Dixon Road and International Boulevard.

191 Highway 27 rocket

Expect detours and delays after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, as the convoy passes along Highway 27 between Belfield Road and Farnboro Drive.


A freighter carrying the six, stainless-steel vats left Buürgstadt, Germany on Thursday, November 4 and arrived in Hamilton Harbour on Wednesday, November 24.

Each vat weighs 43,500 kilograms (about 48 tons). Each unit in the convoy — a truck, a trailer, ballast and the load totals 119,753 kilograms (132 tons). Each unit is 36.4 metres (119 feet) long — about nine times longer than the average car.

The convoy’s trek is about 105 kilometres (65 miles) long. The convoy includes the six trucks and trailers plus more than 40 police and other support vehicles. It stretches more than a kilometer along the roads.

Each vat can hold enough beer to fill 1.4 million bottles.

The total cost of the move: $24 million.