How to keep your cool while navigating the night's chaos.
How you navigate Nuit Blanche can make or break your experience. A little forethought will help you reach exhibits without questioning why you bothered to brave the crowds.
Here are some tips for getting around to help you see everything that’s going on.
Leave the car at home. There’s no need to drive into the heart of Nuit Blanche, because GO and the TTC offer commuter parking. If you feel the need to use a private vehicle into the core, try a bicycle instead.
Be patient. Transit service may not be as speedy as your weary body desires. It may be tempting to strangle your fellow passengers for misbehaving, but maintaining a calm, courteous demeanour will improve everyone’s trip home.
Talk to your fellow commuters. They can tip you off on the evening’s highs and lows in exhibits and travel routes.
Avoid Queen Street West as a route home until long after the bars empty out. The mixture of Nuit Blanche crowds headed to exhibits as far west as the Gladstone Hotel, the Saturday night bar scene, cabs, streetcars waiting for a clearing, and people insisting on driving into the chaos can raise anyone’s blood pressure.
And here are some other important details:
Street Closures During Nuit Blanche 2015
This year, portions of Bay Street, Queen Street West, Queen’s Park, and Queens Quay will be closed to vehicles. Here’s a complete list of all the closures, and when they’ll be in effect.
The big news is that, unlike previous years, all of Lines 1 (Yonge-University) and 2 (Bloor-Danforth) will operate all night. As Nuit wears on, expect a higher-than-normal percentage of people sleeping in their seats, and inebriated passengers acting out whatever crosses their mind. Treat the ride home as an additional piece of performance art.
As for buses, regular Blue Night Network service will be in effect. Note that Nuit’s website points to an outdated map of “vomit comet” routes; try this one instead.
A special Nuit Blanche day pass is available at all TTC collector booths for $11.50. Each pass is good for unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children between Saturday, Oct. 3, and 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. It’s a great way to check out the more remote exhibits, and it allows you to pack in a full Saturday of roaming the city.
GO’s expanded train service includes special trips on all lines except for Richmond Hill.