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Part 2 -- Weekend events affect transit services,
October 7, 8, 9, 10



This weekend, for the first time since May, no special events affect transit services in Toronto. (Heads up: next weekend will be a completely different story!)

However, on the very edge of the Golden Horseshoe — the very edge of the area we cover in this blog — in Waterloo Region, Oktoberfest results in major changes for Grand River Transit services this weekend and next.

Closer to Toronto, the farmers markets in Brampton and Georgetown end after this Saturday. The markets have resulted in detours to local and GO bus services every Saturday since early June.


This post appears in three parts.

This part of the post describes some of the events affecting transit services in Kitchener.

Part 1 of the post describes events affecting transit services in Brampton, Cambridge, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph and central Hamilton.

Part 3 of the post describes the rest of the events affecting transit services in Kitchener and events in the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Oakville, the Rockton area of Hamilton and Waterloo.

Kitchener (part 1)

See also Kitchener (part 2).


Kitchener events include: the Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest (October 4 to 17); the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience (October 5 to 10); Oktoberfest Family Fun Fest and Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial (October 8); the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade (October 10); and the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre (October 16 to 18).

Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest

Grand River Transit is providing free service on all routes at certain times and extending the hours of service on many routes this weekend.

All Grand River Transit routes

All buses operating along all routes after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare, courtesy of Grand River Transit and Molson.

6 Bridgeport
10 Conestoga College - Fairview Park Mall
12 Conestoga Mall - Fairview Park Mall

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

11 Country Hills

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

GRT is also detouring the buses to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre and the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience and during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

8 Fairview via East / Franklin
51 Fairview Park Mall - Ainslie Street

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

15 Frederick

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

GRT is also detouring the buses to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre and during the Oktoberfest Family Fun Fest and Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

4 Glasgow

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

GRT is also detouring the buses during the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience.

24 Highland

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

23 Idlewild

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

Grand River Transit is also detouring the buses to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre.

22 Laurentian West

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 are free of fare.

7 Mainline

Buses operate every 20 minutes from midnight until about 2 a.m. along the main part of the route north of Dixon Street / Montgomery Road Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

GRT is also detouring the buses to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre, the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience and during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

3 Ottawa South
25 Queen South

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

1 Stanley Park

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

GRT is also detouring the buses to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre and the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience and during Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

20 Victoria Hills

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

The buses also detour to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre and the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience and durign the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Oktoberfest Downtown Experience

The Region of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener are closing:

  • King Streets East and West (Regional Road 15)

between Cedar and Water Streets

from Wednesday, October 5 until Monday, October 10**, as the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area hosts a number of Oktoberfest events, including a midway.

Grand River Transit is detouring buses while the streets are closed.

6 Bridgeport

From Wednesday, October 5 until Saturday, October 8, **inbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Francis Street, then detour:

southward along Francis South;
eastward along Charles Street West;
southward along Gaukel Street; and then
eastward into the Charles Street Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses reverse the detour routing.

GRT is also operating later buses along the route until 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

11 Country Hills

From Wednesday, October 5 until Monday, October 10, **inbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street East and Madison Avenue, then detour:

southward along Madison South;
westward along Charles Streets East and West;
southward along Ontario Street South; and then
westward into the Charles Street Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route.

GRT is also detouring the buses during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s also operating later buses along the route until 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

4 Glasgow

From Wednesday, October 5 until Monday, October 10, **inbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Francis Street, then detour:

southward along Francis South;
eastward along Charles Street West;
southward along Gaukel Street; and then
eastward into the Charles Street Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses reverse the detour routing.

GRT is also operating later buses along the route until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

7 Mainline

From Wednesday, October 5 until Monday, October 10, **southbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Francis Street, then detour:

southward along Francis South;
eastward along Charles Street West;
southward along Gaukel Street; and then
eastward into the Charles Street Terminal; then continuing
eastward along Charles Streets West and East; and then
northward along Madison Avenue South to King Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along King East.

Northbound buses reverse the detour routing.

GRT is also detouring the buses to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Place, during the Oktoberfest Pancake Breakfast and Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race and the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s also operating later and more frequent buses along the route until 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

20 Victoria Hills

From Wednesday, October 5 until Monday, October 10, **inbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Francis Street, then detour:

southward along Francis South;
eastward along Charles Street West;
southward along Gaukel Street; and then
eastward into the Charles Street Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses reverse the detour routing.

GRT is also detouring buses operating along this route during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s also operating later buses along the route until about 2 a.m. on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

19 Victoria South

From Wednesday, October 5 until Friday, October 7, **inbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Francis Street, then detour:

southward along Francis South;
eastward along Charles Street West;
southward along Gaukel Street; and then
eastward into the Charles Street Terminal,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses reverse the detour routing.


Oktoberfest Family Fun Fest and Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial

The City of Kitchener is closing:

  • Queen Street North between Margaret Avenue and Weber Street West

on Saturday morning and afternoon to accommodate the annual ceremony.

Grand River Transit is detouring buses during the event.

15 Frederick

From 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Queen Street North and Margaret Avenue, then detour:

westward along Margaret;
southward along Victoria North; and then
eastward along Weber Streets West and East to Frederick Street,
resuming their regular route southward along Frederick.

Outbound buses start their trips at the Charles Street Terminal, as usual, then proceed:

northward along Ontario Streets South and North;
eastward along Duke Streets West and East;
northward along Frederick Street;
westward along Weber Streets West and East;
northeastward along Water Street North;
northward along Victoria Street North; and then
eastward along Margaret Avenue to Queen Street North
resuming their regular route northward along Queen North.

GRT is also detouring buses during the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience and the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade and to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre. It’s also operating later buses along the route until 2 a.m. on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10.

8 University via Weber

From 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Margaret Avenue and Victoria Street North, then detour:

southward along Victoria North; and then
eastward along Weber Streets West and East to Frederick Street,
resuming their regular route southward along Frederick.

Outbound buses start their trips at the Charles Street Terminal, as usual, then proceed:

northward along Ontario Streets South and North;
eastward along Duke Streets West and East;
northward along Frederick Street;
westward along Weber Streets West and East;
northeastward along Water Street North; and then
northward along Victoria Street North to Margaret Avenue,
resuming their regular route eastward along Margaret.

GRT is also detouring buses during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade and to accommodate the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre. It’s also operating later buses along the route until 2 a.m. on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.