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First Nations ceremony and procession means detours
for TTC buses, July 16



During the 33rd Annual General Assembly of the First Nations of Canada, taking place in Toronto this week, the delegates will take part in the Gathering of Eagle Staff Procession and Commemorative Ceremony.

Chiefs, veterans, elders and young people will lead in an honour procession to commemorate the more than 10,000 First Nations warriors who fought as British allies during the War of 1812.

The procession starts in Parliament Square near Berkeley Street and the Esplanade around 1:45 p.m., then wends its way through David Crombie Park, before continuing:

northward along George Street South and George Street;
westward along Front Street East and Wellington Streets East and West;
southward along Simcoe Street;
westward along Front Street West;
southward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Fort York Boulevard; and then
northward into the west gate of Fort York,
arriving at around 3:30 p.m.

The procession stops briefly at Front Street East and Jarvis / Lower Jarvis Streets for the participants to to unveil a commemorative street sign to honour the fallen warriors, then join in an honour song, before the procession resumes.

A memorial service takes place at Fort York from 4 until 5:30 p.m.

The TTC is detouring buses operating along the 65 Parliament, 72B Pape and 75 Sherbourne routes during the event.


72B Pape via Cherry & Commissioners

From about 2 until 3 p.m., Monday, July 16, westbound buses operate along their regular route to Front Street East and Berkeley Street, then detour:

westward along Front Street East and Wellington Streets East and West;
southward along Simcoe Street;
westward along Front Street West;
southward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Fort York Boulevard to Fleet Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Berkeley Street south of Front Street East and at The Esplanade and
  • on The Esplanade at Lower Sherbourne Street, George Street South, west of Market Street and at Church Street.

The TTC has not announced the route for eastbound buses, but they likely start their trips on Fort York Boulevard at Fleet Street, then proceed:

southward along Fort York;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
northward along Lower Simcoe Street; and then
eastward along Front Streets West and East to Berkeley Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along Front East.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on The Esplanade at Market Street, east of Lower Jarvis Street, at Frederick, Lower Sherbourne and Princess Streets and at Hahn Place and
  • on Berkeley Street at Front Street East.

The procession may delay some eastbound buses on Front Street East between Church and George Streets.

65 Parliament

From about 2 until 3 p.m., southbound buses operate along their regular route to Front Street East and Berkeley Street, then detour:

northward along Berkeley to King Street East,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Princess Street south of Front Street East and at The Esplanade.

Northbound buses start their trips on Berkeley Street south of King Street East, then proceed:

northward along Berkeley; and then
eastward along King Street East to Parliament Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Parliament.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on The Esplanade at Hahn Place,
  • on Berkeley Street at Front Street East and
  • on Parliament Street at King Street East.
75 Sherbourne

From about 2 until 3 p.m., southbound buses operate along their regular route to Sherbourne Street and Front Street East, then detour:

westward along Front Street East and Wellington Streets East and West;
southward along Simcoe Street;
westward along Front Street West;
southward along Bathurst Street;
westward along Fort York Boulevard to Fleet Street,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Lower Sherbourne Street north of Lake Shore Boulevard East and south of Lake Shore East and
  • on Queens Quay East at Richardson Street.

The TTC has not announced the route for eastbound buses, but they likely start their trips on Fort York Boulevard at Fleet Street, then proceed:

southward along Fort York;
eastward along Lake Shore Boulevard East;
northward along Lower Simcoe Street; and then
eastward along Front Streets West and East to Sherbourne / Lower Sherbourne Streets,
resuming their regular route northward along Sherbourne.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Queens Quay East at Richardson Street,
  • on Lower Jarvis Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East,
  • on The Esplanade east of Lower Jarvis Street and at Frederick and Lower Sherbourne Streets and
  • on Lower Sherbourne Street at Front Street East.

The procession may delay some northbound buses on Front Street East between Church and George Streets.

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