Experience the longest street in the world for FREE. Downtown Yonge is a tourist spot and the place to find some of the best shopping and entertainment facilities. If you are into shopping, bar hopping and simply want to stroll, then Yonge Street has something to offer. The FREE walking tours is concentrated in the Downtown Yonge only. For more information and further details, please call telephone and log on to their website provided below.
PLEASE NOTE: Yonge Street is approximately 1, 896 kilometres long. It starts at Lake Ontario in Toronto Ontario and ends at Rainy River in Ontario.
There are many well known streets in Toronto with many places to shop or be entertained, but perhaps the best known is Yonge Street (pronounced Young Street). To say the least, it is a lively, industrious, busy, interesting, and a "do not miss" location for your visit to Toronto! It has the reputation of being the longest street in the world and as traffic is usually quite busy, it is best to know where you need to access it.
Every kind of goods, services, food, drink, & entertainment seem to be in abundance here! It is lively, but not rowdy. It has a certain edge to it, but does not seem to threaten. A stroll down Yonge Street is an introduction to the many cultures and nationalities that become Toronto. All seem to coexist in a polite respect and all are represented with places to shop, eat, drink, and socialize! From driving what seemed to have been the length of the longest street in the world, I think I can safely say that whatever you are looking for is looking back at you here!
The pictures posted are a view of Yonge from several views, but certainly not inclusive of all as these pictures are gathered from my 3 or 4 block perspective from my hotel. The first picture gives you an idea of the activity and enterprise that happens here. The second one is of some swanky place that I could not afford while the third pic provided an interesting picture of a church. Ok, not like the churches back home, I guess... The last one here was nice for me because of the dark shadows while Sunshine illuminates the sky.
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Yonge street is apparently the longest street in the world. It is worth walking through Yonge Street downtown in the evenings. The city is full of life. The busiest part is between Queen and Dundas, in other words next to the Eaton Center. There is an abundance of painters, magicians, singers etc. If you have the time, you may wish to also walk along Queen Street. A great way to spend an evening is to walk along Queen street, Yonge Street and then Bloor Street in the evenings. You will see every type of shop imaginable. Naturally, a Saturday night is the best time to be here for most people. To see my album on Yonge street in general, click here: Yonge Street Album 1
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Yonge Street is the longest in the world, running from Thunder Bay to Toronto. Its most popular stretch would have to be from Bloor Street to the waterfront, especially the Dundas intersection, for its one of the first places a tourist would visit. Though it has been somewhat "cleaned up", parts of it are still filled with adult video stores and dollar shops. Eaton Centre since the seventies have drained life off the street, & now its finally heading for a comeback. Even the Eaton Centre has redesigned their wall facing Yonge Street, making it more attractive to pedestrians and shoppers alike.
Most popular store on the street would have to be Sam the Record Man, who still offer bargains on CDs & recordings. Pantages Theatre (now known as Canon Theatre), is also located on Yonge Street & was host to Phantom of the Opera, one of the longest running broadway shows in Toronto. Dundas Square at Yonge & Dundas has become a new focal point in downtown, and the city hopes to remodel it into a new TIMES SQUARE. The billboards are already up, but the surrounding area is still kind of drab.
Many amateur artists & entertainers perform in this vicinity everyday, & it sometimes does whip the crowd into a bit of a frenzy. From musicians to magicians, unicycle riders to knife eaters, there is quite a lot of variety of acts here. It sometimes feels very weird however, for the audience act like they never had seen a street performance before.
If you continued down Yonge Street, you would eventually reach the waterfront & this is a great starting point to explore the area.
If you drove north, you would pass by Rosedale, (One of Toronto's most Prestigious Address) Mt. Pleasant Cemetary, Eglinton Square & even Mel Lastman Square (North York Centre) before leaving Toronto.
Yonge Street begins at the waterfront of Lake Ontario, running north passes through the busy business and shopping districts of Toronto, passing the residential suburbs and farmlands, ending near Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario.
There is a subway line running underneath Yonge Street within the city of Toronto, which gets quite crowded during rush hours.
Come here for a rest from all the touring... spend some time on the computer... catch up on a book....read the news....scan through a magazine..... enjoy the quiet, relaxing atmosphere = )
The Toronto Reference Library houses one of the largest collections of books under one roof.
Highlights within the reference library include: - Business Information Centre
- Consumer Health Information Centre
- Languages Centre,Performing Arts Centre
- Periodicals and Newspaper Centres
- Picture Collection
- Toronto Star Newspaper Section
- Local History Section
Special Collections include:
- Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
- Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books
-Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
- Baldwin Room
- John Ross Robertson Collection
- Art Room Collection
- Map Collection
- Urban Affairs Library
In addition to that, there is a coffee refreshment stand, Exhibits, 199 Internet Workstations (free use, reserve a computer at the library), Piano Practice Room, & Learning Centre (Tutorials on research) & Digital Design Studio (fee).
Mon.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu.: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri.: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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I enjoyed wandering the streets of Toronto more than anything, it feels so safe and the Canadians are so friendly.
The weather was miserable, which is what we expected but it diddnt ruin our holiday.
Yonge Street is the main throughfare in Toronto, filled with shops and eateries.
Multilingual Collections of the Toronto Reference Library include the following languages... Didn't know there were so many. See if you can find your language(s):
- Church Salvonic
- Creole- Pidgin
- Greek (including Classical)
- Northern Sotho
- Southern Sotho
Fort Toronto was the first settlement in the area, and lent its name to what became the city of Toronto. At first I have been exploring the city. Then I did was taking the ferry over to the Island and relax in 35°C!
The Square is a unique focal point of the downtown Toronto community. The Square is designated for use as a public open space and as an event venue that can accommodate events of various sizes. You'll discover a wide range of activities on the Square: community celebrations, theatrical events, concerts, receptions, promotions – events that appeal to residents and tourists alike and provide a showcase for local businesses.
I would like to invite you to enjoy Yonge-Dundas Square any time. It never close. Meet friends. There's almost always something going on.
It is the main arterial road in Toronto built between 1795 and 1796 .It is formerly the longest street in the world at 1,896 km connecting the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe.It was named after the 5th baronet Sir George Yonge, an expert in roman roads. You will never get bored walking along this street lined with various restaurants, stores, coffee shops, bars, entertainment and attractions. I saw live street performances and partying along Eaton Centre which one side is facing the street. This is a very busy street full of tourists if you hate crowd this is not your place.
Here is a fun fact to know : The longest street in the world is Yonge Street (also known as Highway 11) It runs from Toronto to North Bay and then it arcs north and west across Northern Ontario. 1,986 kilometres after leaving Toronto, Yonge Street ends at the U.S. border in Rainy River, Ontario. On the map you can see Yonge Street, all the way from Toronto to Rainy River.
At the beginning of Yonge Street in Toronto you can find this sign in the pavement....
"Yonge Street, the longest street in the world.... 1896 km Rainy River"
During my 3 years in Toronto, the most frequent place I went was Yonge&Bloor str.
The longest street in the world. 1.900 kms long.
It's hard to imagine Toronto's Yonge Street as anything other than a flourishing entertainment and business area, with flashing neon and electronic lights and an endless parade of people. This major street has been the main street of Toronto since the late 18th century, witnessing the evolution of our city. Enduring through wars and the Great Depression, it holds many untold stories of settlement and resettlement, lost silver mines and even gold rush fortunes.
You want a place to people watch in Toronto. Look now further then Yonge and Dundas Square located along Yonge St. in downtown Toronto. Eaton Centre is close by. The place is basically the "Times Square of Toronto" as my buddy Jon told me. You can see why once you set foot in the area.
Billboards and advertisements are everywhere. Tourists, protesters and everything in between flock here in droves. The square itself contains some fountains where I was surprised no one was running through, given the hot day. There are some tables where one can relax and people watch. Chinatown is located just blocks away to the West as well. It's a great meeting spot and there's plenty of shopping around in the form of the Eaton Centre. If you wanted to, one can catch the touristy sightseeing double decker buses located on the Square.
Talk a walk along Yonge Street!
Yonge Street was fasinating! Part tourist trap, part 'adult' entertainment, part local flavor and eating, you could spend more than one day examining and partaking in some of the many shops and diversions located on the street.