In the summer of 2015, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes and officials, 250,000 visitors and 4,000 media to Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. Competitions will take place in more than 30 venues located in a 5,300-square kilometre footprint.
It’s important to remember these things when planning your trip to the Games:
- Think public transit! Service will match the Games schedule to help you get to and from events. All Games event tickets will provide same-day access to public transit.
- Accessible transit and/or limited accessible parking options for all Games venues will be available. Please visit the venue pages for more information — venue specific links are provided below.
- Be active! Along with public transit, cycling and walking are great ways to get to the Games venues.
- Leave the vehicle at home! We need to reduce traffic on roadways in the Greater Toronto Area during the Games. Parking will also be limited or unavailable at most venues.
- Be sustainable! Reduce traffic by using transit and/or active modes of transportation and share in the legacy of a more sustainable transportation network in Ontario.
Transportation Options to Games Venues
There are many ways to travel around the Games footprint this summer. The Pan Am/Parapan Am Transportation Team (PATT) has developed several transportation options to make it easy for you to get to your sport competition/event, such as:
- Transit to and from the event is included with your event ticket.
- Transit and auto trip planners with online tools and mobile apps.
- HOV lanes
- Call One — a pre-booked specialized transit service.
- Accessible parking at all venues. Note: This must be pre-booked.
More information about these options is available below.
Plan Your Trip
Use the Venues page to get more information about valuable planning tips, special venue notes, transportation information as well as link to Triplinx and the 2015 Games Trip Planner, the transit and auto trip planners.
When reviewing your venue, note the name, unique three-letter venue code and any designated transit stop, shuttles and/or park-and-ride locations. And remember, public transit will be a great way to get to most of the venues and is included with your ticket.
Transit and Auto Trip Planners
Transit and auto trip planners are the best way for you to plan your journey to the Games. The auto trip planner provides the most up-to-date information about the Games’ impact on roads in order for you to navigate your trip.
Transportation is an important part of your Games journey, and Triplinx, the interactive transit trip planner, can help make travelling easy. Triplinx is a powerful tool to help you find the easiest, quickest and most cost-effective ways to use public transportation to travel to a local Games venue or to one further away.
Just enter your starting point and destination into the user-friendly tool and it will provide you with the best transit options. Not all venues can be accessed by transit, so be sure to check the venue pages on the website as you plan your trip.
2015 Games Trip Planner
If you plan to drive throughout the Games footprint this summer, the 2015 Games Trip Planner is a must-have item. Traffic patterns and parking availability around most TORONTO 2015 venues will likely be modified during the Games, so don’t rely on your local knowledge, and usual routes and routing apps to get you where you want to go.
Simply enter your starting point and your venue destination into the tool and it will do the trip planning for you.
On the day of your sport competition/event, just show a printed copy of your ticket to the transit operator, and then sit back and enjoy your trip.
The Games transit network is a vast system that includes:
- Brampton Transit (Züm)
- Burlington Transit
- Durham Region Transit (DRT)
- GO Transit (rail and bus)
- Hamilton Street Railway (HSR)
- Milton Transit, MiWay (Mississauga Transit)
- Oakville Transit
- Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
- St. Catharines Transit
- Welland Transit
- York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva.
Your sport competition/event ticket is non-transferable, and your access to transit will only be valid for trips to and from the event on the date displayed on the ticket.
Alert! Transit is not included with tickets purchased for PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, the 35-day arts and cultural festival.
The Games route network has predetermined routes to venues. Within this network, HOV lanes will be in place during Games time to maintain efficient travel times to training and competition venues. To keep the region moving, these HOV lanes will be open to the public to travel in as well.
Vehicles travelling with three or more passengers can access the HOV lanes from June 29 to July 27 (5:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.) & from July 28 to August 18 (5:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.), vehicles travelling with two or more passengers can access the HOV lanes.
Electric and hybrid vehicles with the green Ontario licence plate will be able to access the HOV lanes on the provincial highway network and will not need a specific number of passengers.
Call One is an accessible transit service available for those who require specialized transit services to sport competition/events. A Call One service representative will book your trip with participating specialized transit providers, who will provide bookings to all venues with existing specialized transit service. This service will maximize the use of accessible transit hubs, shuttles, conventional transit and GO Transit.
As service availability will be limited, you are strongly encouraged to book your trip seven days ahead of your scheduled event.
Please call the Call One call centre staff at 844-PARA ONE 844.727.2663 or TTY (1.877.244.5002) to arrange your accessible transit to Games venues.
Limited accessible parking is available for all ticketed competition and ceremony venues. All accessible parking must be pre-booked. Bookings can be made online and by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your event. Once booked, you will receive an email confirming your booking, which will include your accessible parking pass and driving instructions to the parking lot.
To be eligible for this service, you must have a valid Government-issued accessible parking permit displayed in the vehicle.
If you do not have an accessible parking permit, visit Service Ontario to check your eligibility and to apply for one.
To book an accessible parking space or if you have any questions, please call 1.844.695.4313 or book online.
Navigating the Games Venues
There will be a lot going on during the Games, not to mention the dozens of locations to find and navigate. TO2015 and the Province of Ontario have worked closely with regional transit and transportation authorities to develop an integrated navigation program to guide you on your Games journey.
Venues are identified in two ways:
- By its full name, such as CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House.
- By its unique three-letter venue code, such as PAC.
These three-letter venue codes are your key to getting you to and around the venues. The codes appear on venue web pages, maps, tickets and wayfinding signage.
As you approach every TORONTO 2015 venue, local highways, roadways and transit hubs will provide wayfinding signage to direct you not just to the venues, but also to parking areas, transit stops and spectator entrances. The signs will be blue and orange with sport pictograms (except for when located on roads with speed limits greater than 60 km/hour and on the routes to CIBC Pan Am Park). All signs will feature TORONTO 2O15 branding.
- Tip: Icons on event signs will direct you to important venue services. For example, icons with P+ and the image of a bus indicate park-and-ride locations.
- Tip: The venues section of the website and the venue table of contents list all TORONTO 2015 venue names and their respective three-letter venue codes.
- Tip: Check the venue page for details on your event’s gate opening time. The earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to explore the venue and be in your seat for the start of the competition.
Public Transit a Must in Downtown Toronto:
Taking public transit is a must when visiting venues in Toronto’s downtown core. No Games-operated general parking will be available.
For more transportation information, please click on the venue below:
- CIBC Pan Am Park (including) - PAP:
- Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre - PAV: volleyball - beach volleyball
- Exhibition Centre - EXC: volleyball – indoor volleyball; roller sports – figure skating; handball; squash; racquetball
- Exhibition Stadium - EPS: rugby sevens
- Toronto Coliseum - TCO: gymnastics – artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline
- Ontario Place West Channel - OPW: aquatics – open water swimming; waterski & wakeboard; triathlon; athletics – marathon and race walk; cycling –road cycling (Pan Am and Parapan Am)
- Pan Am / Parapan Am Fields - PAF: field hockey; football 5-a-side; football 7-a-side
- Ryerson Athletic Centre - RYA: basketball; wheelchair basketball
- Varsity Stadium - VAR: archery
- Pan Am Bowling Centre - PLB: bowling
- Pan Am Ceremonies Venue - PAD: Pan Am Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Transit Best Option for Urban Venues
Taking public transit will be a great way to get around when visiting venues in urban areas located outside Toronto’s downtown core, such as Toronto, York and Durham, Hamilton and Niagara, Peel and Halton.
For more transportation information, please click on your venue below.
- Canadian Tennis Centre - CTC: tennis
- CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletics Stadium - YOR: athletics – track & field (Pan Am and Parapan Am)
- CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatic Centre and Field House - PAC: aquatics – diving, synchronized swimming, swimming; fencing; modern pentathlon; roller sports – speed skating; sitting volleyball, swimming (Parapan Am)
- Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre - CEB: cycling – BMX
- University of Toronto Scarborough Tennis Centre - UTS: wheelchair tennis
York and Durham
- Abilities Centre - ABL: boccia; judo (Parapan Am)
- President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark - AJX: baseball; softball
- Oshawa Sports Centre - OBX: weightlifting; boxing
- Atos Markham Pan Am / Parapan Am Centre - MAR: aquatics – water polo; badminton; table tennis (Pan Am and Parapan Am)
Hamilton and Niagara
- CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium - HAM: football (soccer)
- Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course - HEN: rowing
- Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre - WFC: canoe/kayak – sprint
Peel and Halton
- Mississauga Sports Centre - MIS: judo; wrestling; taekwondo; karate; wheelchair rugby; goalball; powerlifting)
- Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome - MIV: cycling – track (Pan Am and Parapan Am)
Carpooling Best Option for Rural Venues
Carpooling will be a great way to get to and from venues located in Caledon, Innisfil, Minden Hills, Mono and Oro-Medonte. Public transit will not be available to these venues.
For more transportation information, please click on your venue below.
- Pan Am Shooting Centre - TTS: shooting
- Pan Am-Cross-Country Centre - CCE: equestrian –eventing (cross-country)
- OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park - CEP: equestrian – dressage, eventing, jumping
- Hardwood Mountain Bike Park - HRD: cycling – mountain bike
- Minden Wild Water Preserve - MWW: canoe/kayak – slalom
- Angus Glen Golf Club - ANG: golf