Toronto to close roads for ActiveTO during parts of Victoria Day long weekend

Toronto's ActiveTO initiative -- which aims to allow residents to exercise outdoors with space to physically distance -- closed vast sections of major Toronto Streets including Lakeshore Boulevard East, Lakeshore Boulevard West and Bayview Avenue. Dave Kotyk, Global News

The City of Toronto says there will be some road closures in effect for portions of the Victoria Day long weekend as part of ActiveTO.

One ActiveTO route, which has grown in popularity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be open to cyclists and pedestrians but closed to motorists.

On Monday, May 23 only, the eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed to vehicles from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The route closure runs from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road.

As well, on Saturday and Sunday ActiveTO will take place on Bayview Avenue from Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square.

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River Street will also be closed between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.

And, Meadoway from Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road will also be closed.

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These three routes will be closed to vehicles for the two days between 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday.

“These road closures are recurring short-term closures of major streets adjacent to highly used trails that provide space for thousands of people to be active, contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of Toronto residents,” city officials said.

Roads within High Park will also be closed to vehicles on all three days of the long weekend, the City said.

ActiveTO will take place again during the May 28 to 29 weekend.

For Lake Shore Boulevard West, Heart & Stroke’s Ride for Heart will appear along on the ActiveTO route on May 29.

The event will act as a warm-up for the virtual Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 5.

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