Bloor Street is a major east-west commercial thoroughfare in Toronto.
The street is named after Joseph Bloor (or Bloore), a developer of this area in the 19th Century and founded the Village of Yorkville in 1830. He is buried at Necropolis Cemetery on Bayview Avenue and Rosedale Valley Road.
Bloor Street in Toronto runs from the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto's east-end into the west-end and into Mississauga where it ends at Central Parkway. East of the DVP, Bloor Street becomes Danforth Avenue. In downtown, especially around the intersection with Bay Street, it is one of the most exclusive stretches of real estate in Toronto.
Bloor Street is the principal east-west artery of Toronto's underground subway system. Each of the stops along the Bloor-Danforth line are situated either on or within a few metres from Bloor Street. The approximately 25 kilometer street contains a significant cross-sample of Toronto's ethnic communities. Beginning at Danforth and driving west, one will pass through Toronto's Greek, Somali, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Polish, Korean and Croatian communities.
Bloor Street serves as the northern-most edge of the campus of the University of Toronto, and is host to several of Toronto's historic sites including the Bata Shoe Museum, The Royal Conservatory, the Annex, and the southern edge of Yorkville.
The Bloor-Danforth subway line runs along the Toronto portion of the roadway. The Bloor and Yonge intersection is one of the most popular and trendy shopping areas in Toronto, housing several large, well known fashion and jewellery companies such as Gucci, Christian Dior and Prada, Guerlain. It also has several small Canadian designers and shops popular amongst Canadians and Torontonians, such as Over the Rainbow, Aritzia and Lululemon.
When visiting Toronto you must...
When visiting Toronto you must sit at one of the local cafes. Just sit and sip cappachino or the drink of your choise and people watch. The best location for this is Yonge st and Bloor area. You can see the everyday people to the stars that are there to shoot picutres. The Volo Cafe if still ther has one of the best view points. Also a trip to the old market to buy everything from fresh squeezed orange juice to fresh flowers is a fun day out. Not far from the cafe. A nice walk. There are also nice cafes down by the water front. Any other questions please let me know your interests and I will be glad to help.
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Generally speaking ,Toronto drivers are quite good compared to other large cities.
They have a bad habit of tailgating , which seems to be more of a problem on highways where the danger is greater.
In the past , drivers had a bad habit of running amber lights. This was not a simple runnnig through . If the light turned amber and they were , say , 100 meters from the intersection , they would gun it to attempt to beat the red light . This practice is not so noticeable these days.
If you meet another car at an intersection , and show politeness and wave the other car through , the other driver will probably acknowledge your politenes with a wave of a hand .