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Busy weekend in Toronto with Waterfront Marathon, TTC closures

Last Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 11:21 am EST

Runners taking part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Photo credit: canadarunningseries.com

The weather is expected to be just perfect for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, with temperatures in the low 20s forecasted for this weekend.

If you are taking part in the race or cheering on the runners, and plan to take transit there, a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) and Queen Station will be closed.


Events

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Runners will be everywhere you look in the city this weekend as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon takes to the streets on Sunday. Around 25,000 people from around the world are taking part in the marathon, half-marathon and 5k. The marathon and half-marathon start at 8:45 a.m., while the 5K starts at 8 a.m. Click here for an interactive route map. Runners will be taking over several streets including Lake Shore Boulevard, Queens Quay, University Avenue, and Queen Street.

Bay Street, from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West, will be closed from 11 a.m. on Saturday to 8 p.m. on Sunday. A series of road closures will also take place from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, in the area bounded by Bloor Street West, Victoria Park Avenue, Lake Shore Boulevard and Windermere Avenue. Click here for a list of road closures.

Happy Diwali
The Hindu festival of lights was celebrated Thursday, but the party continues in Brampton this weekend. The Bramalea City Centre will be home to a large, free indoor celebration both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The mall will be filled with the sights and sounds of Diwali, including music performances by Jassi Sidhu and Mickey Singh, dance workshops, and a Miss India-Canada show. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

An Indian child lights candles at the Madan Mohan Malviya stadium during Diwali Festival in Allahabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh state, on Oct. 18, 2017. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Sanjay Kanojia
An Indian child lights candles at the Madan Mohan Malviya stadium during Diwali Festival in Allahabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh state, on Oct. 18, 2017. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Sanjay Kanojia

 

Howling Hootenanny
The Black Creek Pioneer Village is getting into the Halloween spirit with a Howling Hootenanny. The event – which runs both this weekend and next weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – will give children a chance to trick-or-treat around the village, explore a haunted maze, and listen in on some spooky pioneer superstitions. There will even be a pumpkin decorating station. There will be a limited number of pumpkins each day, so make sure you get there early to secure one.

Pumpkin lanterns on the ground at night. GETTY IMAGES/Lawrence Lawry
Pumpkin lanterns on the ground at night. GETTY IMAGES/Lawrence Lawry

 

Boo at the Zoo
If your kids want to dress up as their favourite animal this Halloween, why not take them to the zoo to see them in person? Both this weekend and next weekend, the Toronto Zoo will be hosting Boo at the Zoo. All children in costume, ages 12 and under, will be able to get into the zoo for free. And there will be Halloween photo opportunities at the park, so don’t forget your camera.

Fall Cottage Life Show
The summer season has long gone, but you wouldn’t know it with summer-like temperatures in the forecast this weekend. If you have already closed up your cottage for the year, you can get a head start on your cottage plans for next summer. The Fall Cottage Life Show, which takes place at the International Centre from Friday to Sunday, features renovation and decor tips, and other wants you need for your space.

TTC closures

Subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Sheppard West and St. George stations this weekend due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will run between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations. Extra service will run along the bus and streetcar routes to the Yonge portion of Line 1 and the bus routes to Line 2. Wheel-Trans buses will run between Sheppard West and St. George stations upon request. Regular service resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Queen Station will be closed and trains will not be stopping at the station from 11 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday The closure is so for fare gate construction.