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Jump onto GO or TTC to jump up at the Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade, July 30



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Image: Metrolinx / GO Transit.

You can jump up, jump around, jump along or just jump at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Grand Parade in Exhibition Place and along Lake Shore Boulevard West on the western waterfront this Saturday. But first, jump onto GO Transit or TTC!

Both GO and the TTC are adding extra service to get you to the parade and back home again. Both agencies are also detouring service around the parade or to avoid the crowds of people before, during and after the event.

The bands start the parade near Dufferin Gate. They proceed through Exhibition Place and then westward along Lake Shore Boulevard West from British Columbia Drive. At Parkside Drive, paraders return eastward along Lake Shore West to Strachan Avenue, then proceed along Princes’ Boulevard through Exhibition Place.


The City of Toronto is closing:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West between Colborne Lodge Drive and Bathurst Street;
  • ramps between the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway and Jameson and Dunn Avenues;
  • Fort York Boulevard between Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West; and
  • Strachan Avenue between Fleet Street / Manitoba Drive and Lake Shore Boulevard West

from 2 a.m. Saturday, July 30 until 8 a.m. Sunday, July 31 to accommodate the parade.

Exhibition Place is closing to traffic:

  • British Columbia Road at Lake Shore Boulevard West;
  • Ontario Drive at Lake Shore Boulevard West;
  • Newfoundland Drive at Lake Shore Boulevard West;
  • Princes’ Boulevard at Strachan Avenue;
  • Manitoba Drive at Strachan Avenue; and
  • Dufferin Street at Dufferin Gate

from 2 a.m. Saturday, July 30 until 8 a.m. Sunday, July 31 to accommodate the parade.

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Image: Metrolinx / GO Transit.


You can learn how other events affect transit services this weekend, here.


GO Transit

You can travel to and from the parade along these GO lines and routes — 01 Lakeshore West train, 09 Lakeshore East train, 31 Kitchener train.

Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect detours off the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway near the parade area — 16 Hamilton / Toronto express, 18 Lakeshore West bus, 21 Milton / Toronto bus, 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto bus.

GO is also decreasing service along this line to reassign trains to support service along another line — 71 Stouffville.

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16 Hamilton / Toronto express

All day Saturday, July 31 buses only operate to and from Aldershot GO Station. At Aldershot, you can connect with trains along the 01 Lakeshore West line to travel to and from Union Station.

31 Kitchener train

GO is operating extra trains along the line Saturday, July 30.

Extra eastbound trains start in Mount Pleasant GO Station at 8:48 and 10:56 a.m. and 12:56, 2:56, 4:56, 7:56 and 9:56 p.m. They pick up passengers at all stops to Etobicoke North GO Station, they operate express — without stopping — to Union Station. They end their trips in Union at 9:31 and 11:39 a.m. and 1:39, 3:39, 5:39, 6:39, 8:39 and 10:39 p.m.

Extra westbound trains start in Union at 9:59 and 11:59 a.m. and 1:59, 3:59, 6:59, 8:59 and 10:59 p.m. They operate express to Etobicoke North, then drop off passengers at all stops to Mount Pleasant. They end their trips in Mount Pleasant at 10:43 a.m. and 12:43, 2:43, 4:43, 7:43, 9:43 and 11:43 p.m.

Ride trains along the 01 Lakeshore West line to travel between Union and Exhibition GO Station.

31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto bus

All day Saturday, July 31 buses only operate to and from Port Credit GO Station. At Port Credit, you can connect with trains along the 01 Lakeshore West line to travel to and from Union Station.

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09 Lakeshore East train

GO is operating its regular service along the line, with trains dropping off or picking up passengers at stations every 30 minutes all day Saturday, July 30.

GO interlines Lakeshore East trains with trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line. That means that, after arriving at Union Station, just stay on your train to travel one more stop westbound to Exhibition GO Station. Heading home, board an eastbound 01 Lakeshore West train at Exhibition to continue beyond Union along the 09 Lakeshore East line.

18 Lakeshore West bus

After 2 a.m. Saturday, July 30 and before 6 a.m. Sunday, July 31, expect delays on the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway, resulting from heavier traffic, as motorists detour around the closed section of Lake Shore Boulevard West.

01 Lakeshore West train

GO is operating its regular service along the line, with trains dropping off or picking up passengers at stations east of Aldershot GO Station every 30 minutes all day Saturday, July 30. Every second train starts in West Harbour GO Station, meaning West Harbour passengers can expect a train every hour. Exit from or board trains at Exhibition GO Station.

Regular trains from Niagara Falls also operate with regular schedules. Trains start their trips in Niagara Falls VIA Station at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 and 7:15 p.m. They drop off or pick up passengers at stations in St. Catharines, Aldershot, Burlington, Oakville and Port Credit before arriving in Exhibition at 1:11, 5:11 and 9:11 p.m. They end in Union at Station at 1:20, 5:20 and 9:20 p.m.

Niagara-bound trains start in Union at 8:51 a.m. and 12:51 and 4:51 p.m. They leave Exhibition at 8:59 a.m., 12:59 and 4:59 p.m. They end in Niagara Falls at 10:57 a.m. and 2:57 and 6:57 p.m.

GO is also operating extra trains along the line.

Extra eastbound trains start in Port Credit GO Station at 12:51, 2:11, 6:16 and 8:36 p.m. They arrive in Exhibition at 1:01, 2:27, 6:32 and 8:56 p.m. They end in Union at 1:10, 2:36, 6:41 and 9:05 p.m. Some of these trains may skip Long Branch or Mimico GO stations.

More extra eastbound trains start in Exhibition at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:01, 6:15 and 9:15 p.m. They end in Union at 10:25 a.m. and 12:25, 2:25, 4:25, 5:11, 6:25 and 9:25 p.m.

Extra westbound trains start in Union at 1:40, 2:40, 5:40, 8 and 9:40 p.m. The 1:40 and 2:40 trains operate express — without stopping — to Port Credit. The other trains leave Exhibition at 5:47, 8:07 and 9:47 p.m. The trains end in Port Credit at 1:56, 2:56, 5:58, 8:18 and 9:58 p.m. All these trains skip Mimico and Long Branch.

More extra westbound trains start in Union at 9:50 and 11:50 a.m. and 1:50, 3:50, 5:50 and 8:50 p.m. They end in Exhibition at 10 a.m., noon and 2, 4, 6 and 9 p.m.

21 Milton / Toronto bus

All day Saturday, July 31 buses only operate to and from Port Credit GO Station. At Port Credit, you can connect with trains along the 01 Lakeshore West line to travel to and from Union Station.

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71 Stouffville train

All day Saturday, July 30, GO is adjusting train service along the line to support the GO Transit network during the parade. It’s decreasing service, with trains leaving stations about every two hours.

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Toronto Transit Commission

The TTC is increasing service along these routes to get you to and from the parade: Line 1 Yonge - University, Line 2 Bloor - Danforth, 29 Dufferin; 504C King shuttle bus; 509 Harbourfront; 511 Bathurst.

It’s short-turning or detouring service along these routes: 29 Dufferin, 63 Ossington, 80 Queensway, 504 King streetcar, 504C King shuttle bus, 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst.

And, it’s operating a special Caribbean Carnival express bus.

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511 Bathurst

All day, Saturday, July 30, the TTC’s increasing the frequency of service along the route. Streetcars operate between Bathurst Station and Exhibition Loop.

Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway

All day, Saturday, July 30, the TTC’s increasing the frequency of service along the line.

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Caribbean Carnival express

All day Saturday, July 30, express shuttles whisk parade-goers between Dufferin Station and Dufferin Gate Loop.

29 Dufferin

All day, Saturday, July 30, the TTC’s increasing the frequency of service along the route. Buses operate between Wilson and Dufferin Stations and Dufferin Gate Loop.

From 6 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, July 31, all buses start and end their trips in Dufferin Gate Loop, instead of operating through Liberty Village.

Southbound buses operate along their regular route to Dufferin Street and King Street West, then proceed:

southward along Dufferin;
westward along Springhurst Avenue;
southward along Fort Rouille Street; and then
eastward into Dufferin Gate Loop,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on King Street West across from Joe Shuster Way and at Atlantic Avenue and Douro and Shaw Streets,
  • on Strachan Avenue at Canniff Street and East Liberty Street,
  • on East Liberty Street beyond Pirandello Street and at Lynn Williams Street and
  • on Liberty Street at Atlantic Avenue.

Instead, southbound buses again drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Dufferin Street across from Liberty Street and at Springhurst Avenue and
  • in Dufferin Gate Loop.

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Northbound buses start their trips in Dufferin Gate Loop, then proceed:

northward along Dufferin to Liberty Street,
resuming their regular route northward along Dufferin.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Liberty Street at Atlantic Avenue.

Instead, northbound buses again drop off or pick up passengers at a stop

  • in Dufferin Gate Loop.

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509 Harbourfront

All day, Saturday, July 30, the TTC’s increasing the frequency of service along the route. Streetcars operate between Union Station and Exhibition Loop.

Streetcars do not operate to and from Union along the 510 Spadina route from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

504A / 504B King streetcar

From 6 a.m. Saturday, July 30 until 2 a.m. Sunday, July 31, streetcars start and end their trips in Charlotte Loop, instead of Dufferin Gate Loop.

Eastbound cars start their trips in Charlotte Loop, on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street, then proceed:

southward along Charlotte to King Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along King West.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • in Dufferin Gate Loop,
  • on Dufferin Street at Liberty Street and King Street West,
  • on King Street West across from Joe Shuster Way, at Atlantic Avenue, Sudbury and Shaw Streets, Strachan Avenue, Niagara and Tecumseth Streets and beyond Bathurst and Portland Streets.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street.

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Westbound cars operate along their regular route to King Street West and Spadina Avenue, then detour:

northward along Spadina Avenue;
eastward along Adelaide Street West; and then
southward along Charlotte Street to Oxley Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on King Street West beyond Spadina Avenue, at Portland, Bathurst, Tecumseth and Niagara Streets, Strachan Avenue, Shaw and Sudbury Streets, across from Jefferson Avenue and at Joe Shuster Way and Dufferin Street,
  • on Dufferin Street across from Liberty Street and at Springhurst Avenue and
  • in Dufferin Gate Loop.

Instead, westbound cars drop off passengers at temporary stops

  • on Spadina Avenue beyond King Street West and
  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street.
504C King shuttle bus

All day, Saturday, July 30, the TTC’s increasing the frequency of service along the route. Buses operate between the area or Dundas West Station and King Street East / Church Street.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 31, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street West and Strachan Avenue, then detour:

eastward along King streets West and East to Church Street,
ending their trips.

(The TTC has not provided information on how buses turn around in the area of King East and Church.)

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Strachan Avenue at Canniff and East Liberty streets and Manitoba Drive and
  • in Exhibition Loop.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on King Street West at Niagara and Tecumseth Streets and beyond Bathurst and Portland Streets, Spadina Avenue, Blue Jays Way, John Street, University Avenue and Bay Street and
  • on King Street East beyond Yonge and Church Streets.

Westbound buses start their trips on King Street East at Church Street, then proceed:

westward along King streets East and West to Strachan Avenue,
resuming their regular route westward along King West.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in Exhibition Loop and
  • on Strachan Avenue beyond Fleet Street and at Wellington Street West.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on King Street East beyond Church Street and
  • on King Street West beyond Yonge and Bay streets, University Avenue, John and Peter streets and Spadina Avenue and at Portland, Bathurst, Tecumseth and Niagara streets and Strachan Avenue.
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From 6 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 31, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Shaw Street and King Street West, then detour:

southward along Shaw to Douro Street,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on King Street West beyond Shaw Street,
  • on Strachan Avenue at Caniff and East Liberty Streets,
  • on East Liberty Street beyond Pirandello Street and at Lynn Williams Street,
  • on Liberty Street at Atlantic Avenue and
  • on Atlantic Avenue at King Street West.

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Northbound buses start their trips on Shaw Street at Douro Street, then proceed:

west- and northward along Douro Street to King Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along King East.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Atlantic Avenue at King Street West and
  • on King Street West at Douro Street.

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80 Queensway

From 2 a.m. Saturday, July 30 until 6 a.m. Sunday, July 31, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to The Queensway and Ellis Avenue, then detour:

eastward along The Queensway;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue; and then
westward along Howard Park Avenue to Parkside Drive,
resuming their regular route northward along Parkside.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Ellis Avenue at Lake Shore Boulevard West,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West across from Colborne Lodge Drive and
  • on Parkside Drive beyond The Queensway, at Algonquin Avenue, High Park Boulevard, Geoffrey Street and Howard Park Avenue.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on The Queensway beyond Colborne Lodge Drive and across from Glendale Avenue,
  • on Roncesvalles Avenue beyond Queen Street West and Marion Street, at Garden and Fermanagh Avenues and Grenadier Road and
  • on Howard Park Avenue at Indian Road and Parkside Drive.

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Westbound buses reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Parkside Drive at Howard Park Avenue, across from Geoffrey Street and at High Park Boulevard, Spring Road and The Queensway,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West beyond Colborne Lodge Drive and
  • on Ellis Avenue beyond Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Instead, westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Howard Park Avenue beyond Parkside Drive and at Indian Road and Roncesvalles Avenue,
  • on Roncesvalles Avenue beyond Howard Park Avenue, at Grenadier Road, beyond High Park Boulevard, at Galley Avenue, beyond Marion Avenue and at The Queensway and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue and beyond Colborne Lodge Drive.
510 Spadina

From 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, streetcars start and end their trips in Queens Quay / Spadina Loop. They don’t operate along Queens Quay West and through the Bay Street tunnel to and from Union Station. Board streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route, instead.

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Line 1 Yonge - University subway

All day, Saturday, July 30, the TTC’s increasing the frequency of service along the line.