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October 23, 2017
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Why you don't want to visit Toronto in June

The Queen City is hosting a meeting of the G20, so you can expect 20 times the traffic and 20 times the hassles.

The event's security perimeter is set up, not in a distant bit of nature (like the G8 in Muskoka) but rather smack next to the CN Tower and the Roundhouse Museum and Park.

It's also adjacent to Union Station, the Rogers Centre (aka Skydome), Harbourfront and Bay Street, which will probably get some trickle-down congestion. All in all, not very convenient for visitors.

Here's why you should wait till July to visit:

  • No patios: Downtown patios will be shut down from June 11 to 27.

  • No views: The CN Tower will be closed from June 25 to 27.

  • No Jays: Their scheduled games against Philadelphia have been moved south of the border.

  • Transit delays: Yes, even more than usual.

  • Traffic jams: With 83 motorcades (some up to 50 cars long) scheduled to be shuttling back and forth over the weekend, downtown will be at a standstill. And the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed.

  • Border control: The only people allowed into the security zone will be searched, screened with a metal detector and required to produce government-issued ID. Fun.

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