A few sporting events and a cultural celebration will shut down some streets in the city over the weekend, including two of Toronto’s busy highways.
Businesses in the affected areas will be open, but drivers can expect delays. City officials are encouraging people to take public transit to avoid traffic congestion.
On Saturday, Lansdowne Avenue will be closed from Bloor Street to College Street in both directions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for Portugal Day — a celebration of Luso-Canadian culture in Canada.
A section of Scarborough will also be closed Saturday for a children’s triathlon. The Kids of Steel race will close down Kingston Road between Danforth Avenue and Birchmount Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Sunday, parts of the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway will be closed for Becel’s Ride for Heart, a charity ride to raise funds to heart and stroke research.
The Gardiner will be closed from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber Bridge, while the DVP will be closed from its base at the Gardiner to Highway 401. The closure is expected to run from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Finally, a charity walk for the Hospital for Sick Children will close Conlins Road from Ellesmere Road to Military Trail. Maya’s Walk is expected to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.