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Construction Heads Up Part 12: Temporary Intersection Closure

20 Jan


Unrelated to the recent construction that has been taking place outside of the museum, we have an important notice about additional road work to keep in mind when making travel arrangements.

There will be a partial intersection closure at Spadina Av./ Lakeshore Blvd. and the Gardiner Eastbound off-ramp between January 19th and January 21st.

Pedestrian access will remain open at all times but below are access routes available during this portion of the construction.

Lakeshore Blvd (eastbound)

  • one lane straight through the intersection will be open

Spadina Ave. (southbound)

  • one lane straight through the intersection will be open
  • right-turn Gardiner Expressway/ Lakeshore Blvd. on-ramp will be open

Gardiner Expressway (eastbound) off-ramp at Spadina Ave.

  • one lane will be closed


  • replacement bus service from King Street to Queens Quay Loop will continue to operate
  • northbound buses will detour from Lakesore Blvd. to Rees St./ Bremner Blvd. from January 19-21

And to update you  on how the Queens Quay revitalization has been coming along, we have news that the major demolition and repaving of the TTC corridor is complete however,  Westbound traffic is being diverted to the north, centre or south travel lanes depending on the type of construction required along the corridor.

Bay Street to 55 Harbour Square

  • Traffic will remain on the south side of the street to accommodate Toronto Hydro (PLP) crews who continue to work in the north lanes. Local traffic for 10/20 Bay Street and the EllisDon construction site will be permitted through this work area.

55 Harbour Square to Robertson Crescent

  • Traffic has moved to the centre of Queens Quay. Please note that the TTC bus stops at York Street and Lower Simcoe Street are now located in the centre travel lane. A special loading/unloading area has been created for each stop using concrete jersey barriers and a designated walkway from the signalized intersection provides safe access to the bus stops.

Rees Street to Spadina Avenue

  • There will continue to be a single lane of westbound traffic (on the north side of the street) in this area.The TTC bus stop just past Rees Street will remain on the northside curb and sidewalk.

And as always, you can steer clear of the cars by following our pedestrian directions or check out the original construction notice here for detailed information about what stage the work is in and what to expect in the coming weeks.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer


Photo-shoots and Puppy Poses

5 Sep

Summer might be winding down, but the Harbourfront is still busy, busy, busy.
The latest event to hit the Queen’s Quay Terminal is Haute Dog -a three day event filled with puppies and free stuff!

This event is a new one for the area. Geared towards families and their dogs, Haute Dog will be hosting different activities and shows from September 7-9th. You’ll be able to ask Dr. Slav Debski, D.V.M about for tips and advice relating to your puppy’s health and wellness, get caricatures of you and your pet, and participate in a pet photo-op for FREE!

And thanks to Sobeys, when you buy a hot dog and drink, $1 of every purchase will be donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

You can see the full schedule here.

We’re really excited to see everyone and their pets come by the Waterfront, and you’ll be able to enter to win your own MIA colouring book for free as part of the event. Just a gentle reminder, though: even though we love dogs, animals (with the exception of all service animals) will not be able to come into the museum for a visit.

-Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor ServicesOfficer

Planet IndigenUS: Celebration of Nations . . . We Are All From Somewhere

29 Jul

The Harbourfront is a pretty busy place during the summer, and this August another major event will be taking place: Planet IndigenUS!

For the past month, visitors to the Harbourfront will have seen a lot of these posters advertising for the third installment of Planet IndigenUS – the largest multidisciplinary, contemporary, international Indigenous arts festival in the world. The title of this years festival, “Celebration of Nations . . . we are all from somewhere . . .” was chosen in the hopes that everyone who attends the events would find their “Indigenous” place within themselves and relate to the idea that we are all “from somewhere”.

Taking place between August 11-19th, this festival is a 10-day celebration featuring countless contemporary cultural leaders in visual arts, crafts, film, dance, theatre, music, storytelling, and much more in order to share a vision for a future filled with power and renewal. The idea is to challenge perceptions about what it means to be Indigenous in the modern world, show the important roles contemporary Indigenous artists play in our society, and create a dialogue via the sights and sounds of the featured artists and performers.

To get things started, the opening evening will be hosted by hip hop artist and CBC radio producer/host Wab Kinew and actress Sarah Podemski with featured performances by Plex, Pacific Curls, George Leach and Hanggai.

And there is plenty more where that came from!
The MIA has partnered up with the festival and is offering complimentary guided tours throughout the 10-day celebration.
You can also view the full festival schedule by clicking here where all the free events are listed. And don’t forget that you can follow Planet IndigenUS on their Twitter, Facebook Page, or blog.

Should be some great times! Everyone where is certainly looking forward to checking it out – after work of course 😉

– posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 4: Trenching and Falling Concrete

21 Jul

The revitalization project is beginning to become more obvious as orange cones and construction workers make increasingly frequent appearances along the Harbourfront. To help you get the most of your bright, sunny July days, here is your weekly update on what to expect in terms of traffic for the next few days.

  • During the week of July 23-27 there will be some trenching activity at the south-west corner of the Harbourfront Centre. To facilitate this, there will be single lane restrictions for approximately two days.
  • Bell’s line crew continue their manhole work (as mentioned in my previous posting) and will also be creating localized traffic lane constructions – which will be marked by orange cones.

You can find the original construction notification here from the Waterfront Toronto website.

Also happening in the world of traffic news:
A few days ago, there were some TTC streetcar changes as city works dealt with concrete falling from the Gardiner Expressway. Some news reports implicated the extreme heat the city experienced as being a prime reason for the incident, but there are several possible causes. With so many hot days sure to come this summer, we’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for news about more sudden streetcar route changes and shuttle bus services related to Gardiner Expressway concrete crashes.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 3: Traffic Cones and Delays

14 Jul

Another week, another construction update for you all.

During the week of July 16-20th there will be some traffic lane restrictions when cabling crews open various manholes and check to make sure that the newly installed conduit and duct system are ready to receive new cables. The delays should only last about an hour and areas being worked on will be marked with plastic orange cones.

You can find the original construction notification here from the Waterfront Toronto website.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant

Construction Heads Up Part 2: Road and Sidewalk Access Restored

9 Jul

Last week I sent out a little warning that there would be some work done around the Harbourfront area, and how this work will effect access to the museum.
This week I’m sending out another heads up to let you all know of some recent changes in the construction schedule.
SURPRISE! There are none!

For the week of July 9th-13th there are officially no construction activities scheduled.
While you may still see some workers moving things around, we’ve been told that road and sidewalk surfaces have been restored to their original conditions, with no restrictions to vehicle or pedestrian access.

You can find the original construction notification here from the Waterfront Toronto website.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant