Yonge Street is one of the oldest streets in the Canadian metropolis of Toronto and claims to be one of the longest main streets in the entire world.
Stretching all the way from the shores of Lake Ontario and the Harbourfront to Lake Simcoe, Yonge Street runs an impressive 1,178 miles:
You could enjoy an entire holiday to Toronto without leaving this one street and you would still have more than enough to discover.
One of the most interesting and popular areas of Yonge Street is the area between Front Street and Queen Street. This part of the city features plenty of chic hotels, tourist-friendly shops, and fine restaurants. To get the most out of your Yonge Street experience, start at Front Street and walk away from Queens Quay.
The Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey is the signature sport of Canada, and most Canadians will feel a twinge of patriotic pride when it comes to hockey even if they aren’t passionate fans. As you walk past Front and Yonge Street you will see the famous Hockey Hall of Fame at BCE Place. This is the ultimate stop for any sports fan, and the interactive exhibits will reveal the fascinating history of this rough and exciting game which is played in Canada’s biggest arenas and smallest backyard frozen ponds.
St. Lawrence Market
Are you hungry? Head two blocks east of Yonge Street on Front Street and take a break at the St. Lawrence Market. This is one of the oldest food markets in North America, and there is an abundance of fresh food from all over the country available here.
The World’s Biggest Book Store
If your idea of an exciting afternoon is burying your nose in a great book, you will feel like you have died and gone to literary heaven at this amazing store. Located on Yonge Street and Dundas, this massive retail building has thousands upon thousands of book titles to choose from and is the perfect place to get lost in while looking for that rare title to bring home with you.
When you hit the corner of Yonge Street and Bloor you will find that you have wandered into one of the more prestigious shopping areas of Toronto. Some of the finest stores in the city can be found here, featuring designer names such as Holt Renfrew. If you turn west along Bloor for a few blocks you will find even more elegant shops where you can blow your shopping budget.
Toronto has one of the best theatre scenes in Canada, and during your visit there will most likely be a show on which will suit your taste and budget. Yonge Street has many large theatres which will be featuring the more popular hit shows such as Anne of Green Gables – The Musical and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Several Toronto luxury tour companies offer dinner and show packages which will include a three course meal and an evening performance.
It’s hard to believe that all of this fun and more can be found on one street, but these are just a few of the many sides to Toronto’s famous Yonge Street! Why not visit and see for yourself what you can find?
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