King Street is One of the Oldest Thoroughfares in Toronto

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King Street in Toronto
One of the oldest thoroughfares in Toronto
Canada's Walk of Fame occupies several blocks along King Street in the heart of downtown. As you stroll this busy stretch of the street, you'll see the names of prominent Canadian figures embedded into stars on the sidewalks. The famous walk will also lead you to other top attractions in the Entertainment District, like Roy Thomson Hall. Operating since the early 1980s, this performing arts venue has a state-of-the-art theatre with seating for more than 2,600 spectators. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is based at this award-winning property. The historic street is also home to other notable entertainment venues, including the Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales Theatres that host top acts from all over the world. As you stroll King Street, you'll also admire some of the best examples of Toronto's modern architecture. Consisting of several skyscrapers, the Toronto-Dominion Centre is one of the city's busiest office complexes. This development includes the TD Bank Tower, which stands more than 700 feet tall. This 56-level building and several other towers were designed by Bregman + Hamann Architects.
King Street in Toronto
Cafes and restaurants on King Street West
Dominating the skyline of the Financial District, First Canadian Place also casts a long shadow over King Street. Standing just less than 1,000 feet tall, this contemporary skyscraper is one of the tallest in North America. If you'd like to explore some of the street's historic landmarks, locate the St. James Cathedral and The Omni King Edward. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. King Street cuts through several notable neighborhoods outside of downtown, such as the Fashion District. This revived mixed-used neighborhood once had a thriving textile industry. The street also leads to other historic residential communities, such as Corktown, Roncesvalles and Parkdale. As you head west on the street, you'll reach premier waterfront green spaces, like Budapest Park. A pedestrian overpass connects this popular park with the street's western end. This long bridge crosses over the Gardiner Expressway.

Visiting King Street

Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto
Roy Thomson Hall at King and Simcoe Streets
Flowing into Lake Ontario, the mouth of the Don River marks the eastern end of King Street. At this point, the thoroughfare merges with Queen Street East, which crosses over the river. Queen Street West also defines the western end of King Street West near the Parkdale and Roncesvalles neighborhoods. During the day, the TTC 504 streetcar route navigates the entire span of the historic street. Night service along the thoroughfare is provided by the TTC 304 streetcar. Both streetcar services stop at more than 10 points at frequent intervals. The TTC Yonge-University Line 1 subway serves Andrew Station, which is conveniently situated along the intersection of the historic street and University Avenue. This major rapid transit service connects the underground station with Union Station, an important transfer point for passengers taking GO Transit commuter trains, long-distance VIA Rail trains and the UP Express trains. Additionally, the busy thoroughfare has some of the widest pedestrian-friendly sidewalks in the downtown district and other adjacent neighborhoods. Riding a bicycle on this street isn't recommended because of the central rail tracks that accommodate TTC streetcars. Additionally, the street has a central location in the Toronto PATH system, which includes underground pedestrian corridors that link major skyscrapers and other properties in downtown. Click here to visit King Street Toronto website.
Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto
King Street East Runs through Corktown a historic urban area

By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-10-23
Updated On: 2019-10-29

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