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Yonge Street (Toronto, Canada)

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District of downtown Toronto packed with bars, restaurants and shopping options.

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      05.05.2012 18:14
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      So interesting!

      Yonge Street (pronounced 'young') used to be one of the longest streets in the world and has previously been in the Guinness Book of Records for this. It is near impossible to go to Toronto and not find yourself on a part of this street at some point or another. The road was built in 1794, making it 212 years old now and it is nearly a whopping 1.900km in length.

      If you end up on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, you will easily find the Eaton Centre, a massive shopping centre spanning over multiple floors. Yonge Street is a great place to go shopping in Toronto because as well as the Eaton Centre, there are also many other lovely random shops to browse in as well as major chain stores. On this part of the street, there is surely something for everyone when it comes to shopping.

      Not far from this part of Yonge Street is Dundas Street, which is more upmarket. Yonge and Dundas is one of the main and most well-known intersections of the city and a great spot to use as a meeting point. As Dundas Street is more upmarket, here you will find shops that are a lot more expensive and pretty much only designer shops. There are no cheap, high street names to be found here.

      At an intersection of Yonge and Dundas is Dundas Square. Hard Rock Café takes up the majority of the space here and it is the biggest one I have ever seen. Dundas Square is not a quiet place to visit though. The Hard Rock Café plays music pretty loudly and you can hear it normally from anywhere in the square. While this may not be for everyone, I loved the atmosphere that it created and it was a really fun place to be.

      Yonge Street begins right at the bottom of the city at the Harbour Front which is not far from the Entertainment District. At the Harbour front, you can catch a ferry to the beautiful Toronto Island; have picnics or a barbeque if the days are nice enough. This area of the city also holds different events throughout the year so it is worth checking out at some point or another. Not the most exciting part of Yonge Street but there are still things to do and see here. Also, from this point, you get a great view of the city.

      What is so good about Yonge Street downtown is that there really is everything here. When walking down the street, I noticed all sorts of shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. If you want to be right in the city centre as a tourist, then this is the place to be. That being said, because of its perfect location, it will cost more than other places if you want a hotel for any decent amount of time but you do get what you pay for here.

      As this street is so long, it runs through multiple districts/ suburbs of Toronto. I lived in North York and the part of Yonge Street here was a major part of the suburb. Yonge Street also runs past Centerpoint Mall, through Richmond Hill and all the way up to Holland Landing Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve. Although it would be extremely hard and long to walk the length of this street, the subway will take you to many different parts or this bus is also another option. I wish I had discovered a lot more of this street to see what other wonders I could find there.


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