Getting there: Details for event day

Our Participant Guide has all of the important details you need for Event Day. Download here

Getting to Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart

Take it easy with transit

To get to Ride for Heart by TTC, plan your route with the TTC Trip Planner. Or call (416) 393-INFO(4636).

To get to Ride for Heart via GO Transit, plan your route with the GO Triplinx. Or call (416) 869-3200 or 1-888-GET-ON-GO (438-6646).

Drive downtown

If you’re driving on the event day, please consider carpooling. And remember that the traffic-free experience means that highways and ramps will be closed from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gardiner Expressway: all ramps closed from the Humber River east to the Don Valley Parkway.

Don Valley Parkway: all ramps closed from Lake Shore Blvd north to Highway 401.

Parking on Event Day - $15 parking pass.

Buy Parking.

To park at designated lots at Exhibition Place and Ontario Place on event day, you must have a parking pass. Passes are will be available for sale online until May 29, while quantities last. Passes purchased up until May 29 will be emailed to you by May 30. You must print this pass and display on your windshield when entering the lots.

Passes will be available for in-person sale and pick-up at the Ride for Heart Check-In Centre at the Enercare Centre, while quantities last.

Our hours of operations are:

  • Thursday, May 30 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Friday, May 31 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Saturday, June 1 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

NOTE: Passes will not be available for purchase on event day. Parking spaces are limited, so it's best to get your parking pass early to avoid disappointment. Parking fees collected by Heart & Stroke are provided to parking lot operators.

For alternative parking lots not maintained by Exhibition Place, please click here.

Participant bib pick-up: Go to where the action is

  • Before or on event day, all participants will need to access bib pick up through the Enercare Centre’s West Entrance
  • Before event day, visit us to pick up your bib or drop off your pledges:
    • Thursday, May 30, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Friday, May 31, 12 noon - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Complimentary parking at designated lot at Exhibition place while picking up your bib

On event day:

  • For General Participants
    • Pick up your bib
    • Submit your pledges
    • Check your bag
    • Park your bike in the bike corral, just west of the Enercare Centre.
  • For VIP and Corporate Challenge Participants
    • Pick up your bib
    • Submit your pledges
    • Check your bag
    • Enjoy breakfast and lunch
    • Park your bike in your very own spot designated inside the Enercare Centre

Event day Schedule

Bike Parking

Bikes must be parked in designated bike parking areas or returned to your vehicle before accessing event spaces.

  • VIP & Corporate Participants Park your bike inside the Enercare Centre. Enter through the north side of the Enercare Centre, and park your bike inside using our secure valet bike parking service. Continue on inside Enercare to enjoy all of your VIP & Corporate Challenge amenities.
  • General Participants Park your bike in our secure bike corral, just west of the Enercare Centre. Once parked you can continue on to enjoy the outdoor food market and indoor Heart Park.

Ride and Walk safely: Please follow these rules on event day

To ensure a safe and successful Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart, please follow these rules:

  • Be at your chute at your start time. Start times will be strictly enforced to ensure the highways are cleared of riders and walkers by 12:30 p.m.
  • Riders must wear a helmet and ensure their bike is in good working condition: tire pressure, cable tension, brake pads, shifters and chain.
  • Follow the rules of the road: Pass on the left, coast on the right.
  • Helmets are mandatory.
  • Please be courteous to fellow participants.
  • Participants who weave, pass at high speeds or cycle at high speeds in a group/peloton are considered unsafe and will be removed from the event by Toronto Police Services.
  • Pass on the left. Slower cyclists and children must stay to the right of the road.
  • Do not attempt to pass the pace vehicles.
  • Obey the route marshals and ambassadors of the road.
  • Use extreme caution on the downhill portions of the DVP & Gardiner Expressway.
  • Stopping anywhere other than a rest station is for emergency situations only.
  • In the event you must stop, let the people around you know and go to the far right of the road.

Please contact us at ride@heartandstroke.ca