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FAQ: Road Closures

PDFClick here to see the course map and road closure timing

Interactive Map

The Canada Running Series and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon are very excited to announce their new partnership with racePOINT, an interactive map that serves 3 functions for PARTICIPANTS, SPECTATORS and RESIDENTS of Toronto!

  • Spectators, Participants and Toronto residents can use the "Closures" tab to see what roads will be closed that day and at what times! Click the "Show Closures by Time" button and then drag the slider at the bottom to change the map time. You'll see red lines appear on certain roads that will be closed at that time for the race.
  • Participants can plan their race using the "Route" tab! See where the water stations are located, km markers, Medical Tents, Cheer Zones, Key Areas in the pre & post-race area, etc.
  • Spectators can use the "Predict" tab to figure out when their loved ones will reach each cheering zone! This is for the Marathon & Half Marathon races. You'll need to know what corral they're starting in and how many minutes they think it will take them to do their marathon or half marathon that day!
Interactive Map

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When and what streets are closed?

PDFClick here for a complete list of event Road Closures (see page 2)

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How do I get to/from my destination on race day?

Access to major destinations:

Click each map for high-res PDF version:

Access to: Boulevard Club, Palais Royale, Argonaut Rowing Club, Royal Canadian Legion

Affected hours: 5:00am – 12:30pm

Boulevard Club, Palais Royale, Argonaut Rowing Club, Royal Canadian Legion

  1. From the east:
    • Gardiner Expressway west to Lakeshore Blvd exit,
    • East on Lakeshore Blvd to Windermere Ave,
    • Continue eastbound on Lakeshore in coned access lane to destination
  2. From the west:
    • Gardiner Expressway west to South Kingsway exit,
    • North on South Kingsway to the Queensway,
    • East on the Queensway to Windermere Ave,
    • Southbound Windermere Ave. to Lakeshore Blvd.
    • East on Lakeshore Blvd in coned access lane to destination
  3. From/to the core (not shown):
    • Southbound Windermere Ave. to Lakeshore Blvd.
    • East on Lakeshore Blvd in coned access lane to destination

Note: Police will be controlling access in/out to the above locations via the coned access lane. Exit is via coned access lane back to Windermere Ave.

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Access to: Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, Ricoh Coliseum (from the west)

Affected hours: 5:00am – 12:30pm

Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, Ricoh Coliseum (from the west)

  1. From the west:
    • Gardiner Expressway east to Lakeshore Blvd exit
    • East on Lakeshore Blvd to Windermere Ave.
    • North on Windermere to The Queensway
    • East on Queensway, keep to right and continue on King St. to Dufferin St.
    • South on Dufferin St. to destination
  2. From the east: (if after 11:30am)
    • Gardiner Expressway west to Dunn Ave. Exit
    • North on Dunn Ave. to Springhust St.
    • East on Springhurst Ave. to Dufferin St.
    • South on Dufferin St. to destination

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Access to: Toronto Island Airport

Affected hours: 6:00am – 1:00pm

Toronto Island Airport

  1. From the west:
    • Gardiner Expressway east to Spadina Ave exit
    • North on Spadina Ave, u-turn at Bremner to southbound Spadina (police assisted)
    • South on Spadina Ave to Queens Quay
    • West on Queens Quay to Bathurst
  2. From the east:
    • Gardiner Expressway west to Spadina Ave exit
    • North on Spadina Ave, u-turn at Bremner to southbound Spadina (police assisted)
    • South on Spadina Ave to Queens Quay
    • West on Queens Quay to Bathurst
  3. From/to the core (not shown):
    • Southbound Spadina Ave to Queens Quay
    • West on Queens Quay to Bathurst
  4. To the east (not shown):
    • North on Bathurst to Lakeshore, east on Lakeshore to Rees on-ramp
  5. To the west (not shown):
    • North on Bathurst to Lakeshore, east on Lakeshore to Rees
    • South on Rees to Queens Quay, west on Queens Quay to Spadina
    • North on Spadina Ave, u-turn at Bremner to southbound Spadina (police assisted)
    • South on Spadina to westbound Gardiner Expressway on-ramp

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Access to: CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, MTCC, Roundhouse Park

Affected hours: 6:00am – 2:00pm

CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, MTCC, Roundhouse Park

  1. From the west:
    • Gardiner Expressway east to Spadina Ave
    • North on Spadina Ave to Bremner Blvd or Front St
    • East on Bremner Blvd or Front St. to destination
  2. From the east:
    • Gardiner Expressway west to Spadina Ave
    • North on Spadina Ave to Bremner Blvd or Front St
    • East on Bremner Blvd or Front St. to destination
  3. Note: Egress (exit): Access to the Gardiner Expressway East/West is via southbound Spadina Ave.

  4. From/to the core:
    • If before 11:00am: Use east/west streets north of Dundas and north/south streets west of University.
    • If after 11:00am: Use east/west streets north of King St and north/south streets west of Bay St.

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Access to: Corus Quay, Westin Harbour Castle, George Brown College

Affected hours: 7:00am – 1:00pm

Corus Quay, Westin Harbour Castle, George Brown College

  1. From the west:
    • Gardiner Expressway east to Jarvis Ave. exit
    • East on Lakeshore Blvd. to Sherbourne or Parliament St.
    • South on Sherbourne St. to Queens Quay.
    • West on Queens Quay to destination
  2. Note: Runners will be in the eastbound lanes of Queens Quay from 9:45am–12:30pm. During this time marshals will assist motorists to access/egress at affected driveways. Expect longest delays from 10:30am–11:30am.

  3. From the east:
    • Gardiner Expressway west to Sherbourne/Jarvis exit
    • North on Sherbourne St. to Front St.
    • East on Front St. to Parliament St.
    • South on Parliament St. to Queens Quay
    • West on Queens Quay to destination
  4. Note: Runners will be in the eastbound lanes of Queens Quay from 9:45am–12:30pm. During this time marshals will assist motorists to access/egress at affected driveways. Expect longest delays from 10:30am–11:30am.

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Access to: Union Station, Fairmont Royal York

Affected hours: 6:00am – 4:00pm

Union Station, Fairmont Royal York

  1. From the West/East:
    • Gardiner Expressway east or west to Spadina Ave. exit
    • North on Spadina Ave. to Front St.
    • East on Front St. to destination
  2. Note: Front St. will be closed at Bay, motorists will need to follow detour signage to exit. To avoid congestion, drop off passengers at Front/York and exit via southbound York to westbound Bremner Blvd.

  3. From/to the core: (not shown)
    • If before 8:00am: Use east/west streets north of Queen and north/south streets west of University to access eastbound Front St.
    • From 8:00am-11:00am: Refer to closure map and road closure timing at stwm.ca
    • If after 11:00am: Use east/west streets north of King St and north/south streets west of Bay St. to access eastbound Front St.
  4. Note: Front St. will be closed at Bay, motorists will need to follow detour signage to exit. To avoid congestion, drop off passengers at Front/York and exit via southbound York to westbound Bremner Blvd.

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Access to: Toronto Dominion Centre, Royal Bank Plaza, 55 University

Affected hours: 6:00am – 4:00pm

Toronto Dominion Centre, Royal Bank Plaza, 55 University

  1. From the West/East:
    • Gardiner Expressway east or west to Spadina Ave. exit
    • North on Spadina Ave to Front St.
    • East on Front St. or north on York St. to destination
  2. From/to the core: (not shown)
    • If before 8:00am: Use east/west streets north of Queen and north/south streets west of University to access eastbound Front St.
    • From 8:00am-11:00am: Refer to closure map and road closure timing at stwm.ca
    • If after 11:00am: Use east/west streets north of King St and north/south streets west of Bay St. to access eastbound Front St.
  3. Note: Wellington St. W will be temporarily converted to a two-way street to allow access to/from York St. via Front St. W.

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Access to: The Beach: Coxwell Ave to Waverley Rd

Affected hours: 8:00am – 2:30pm

The Beach: Coxwell Ave to Waverley Rd

  1. Toronto Police — Parking Enforcement has agreed to provide a "parking consideration" for existing permit holders in the "south of Queen zone" on Buller Avenue, Kippendavie Ave, Kew Beach Av, Kenilworth Ave, and Waverley Road, to park in legal spaces on the north side of Queen Street on October 19, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:00pm without being penalized. Vehicles will NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARK on Woodbine Avenue. Should these permit holders receive tickets while parking within this Consideration they should contact Parking Enforcement at 416-808-6606.
  2. Herbert Ave and Hartford Ave will be converted to two-way streets to allow residents to enter/exit from Kingston Rd all day.
  3. (not shown) Both Queen St. and Eastern Ave. will close to eastbound/westbound traffic at 8:00am. Vehicles will be allowed to cross Queen St. north or south until 10:30am uninterrupted. From 10:00am–2:30pm, vehicles will be allowed to cross during gaps in runner traffic. Expect the longest delays between the hours of 12:00pm and 1:00pm.
  4. Residents in the Woodbine Park area, south of Queen St. are urged to exit via Lakeshore Blvd westbound and cross Coxwell Ave. towards Leslie St. or Eastbound to cross Queen St. at Woodbine Ave. before 10:30am. See Point #3.

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Access to: The Beach: Lee Ave to Victoria Park Ave

Affected hours: 8:00am – 2:30pm

The Beach: Lee Ave to Victoria Park Ave

  1. Queen Street East from Beech Avenue to Nursewood Rd will be open for two-way traffic in the south (eastbound) lanes all day. Residents south of Queen from Lee Ave to Beech Ave. will be able to enter/exit at Beech Ave. to/from Queen and Victoria Park

    Note: Beach Ave, Hubbard Blvd, Fir Ave., and Balsam Ave will be converted to two-way streets to allow residents to head east on Hubbard Blvd, north on Balsam Ave, East on Fir Ave. and north on Beech Ave to exit.
  2. Hambly Ave, Beech Ave, and Willow Ave will be converted to two-way streets south of Pine Ave. to allow residents to enter/exit from Kingston Rd all day.
  3. (not shown) Queen St. will close to eastbound/westbound traffic at 8:00am. Vehicles will be allowed to cross Queen St. north or south until 10:00am uninterrupted. From 10:00am–2:30pm, vehicles will be allowed to cross during gaps in runner traffic. Expect the longest delays between the hours of 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

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