This running tour will begin at the Toronto City Hall, which houses the municipal government of Toronto and is one of the most characteristic landmarks in the city. Not least because of the famous Toronto ‘Pan Am’ sign right in front of it. A ‘photo must’ for anyone new to the city! Nathan Phillips Square right outside the City Hall is also home to several festivals and public events throughout the year.
We’ll also run past the Old City Hall and the Eaton Centre which is the busiest shopping centre in North America. We’ll continue our run on Yonge Street, once dubbed the longest street in the world and even its construction was seen as an event of national historic significance as it joined Toronto to upper Ontario and paved the way for further development.
We’ll then head east towards St Lawrence Market and the Distillery district. These make up part of the historic district of Toronto. The red brick factory style architecture that you’ll pass are a strong indicator of this. The distillery, founded in 1832, at the time was the largest distillery in the world. From here we’ll run along the waterfront, passing some other historically industrial areas of the city and the Westin Harbour where the ferries to the Toronto Islands depart from.
A downtown Toronto run would not be complete without seeing the iconic CN tower that was built in 1976 to showcase the strength of the Canadian industry and basically defines the Toronto skyline. In addition we’ll see the major sporting arenas for baseball (the Rogers Centre) and also for hockey and basketball (the Air Canada Centre), Ripley’s aquarium, and also the waterfront along Lake Ontario. At the waterfront, we will enjoy incredible views and we’ll be able to see the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop airport and run along one of the most popular cycle routes in the city, the Martin Goodman trail. Finally we’ll run along King Street, the heart of the entertainment district and home to the Toronto International Film Festival. This street is also a haven for any foodie as it boosts a variety of cuisine. We may even get to see the Toronto Transit Commission’s iconic red and slightly old fashioned street-cars that are unique to Toronto.
This running tour is the perfect introduction to Toronto and all its facets.