Yonge Street - Toronto's Main Street

Carrying northbound and southbound traffic, Yonge Street is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Toronto, Ontario. Measuring nearly 1,200 miles (some argue that Yonge Street is only 56 km at the point where Highway 11 takes over), this historic road directly links the metropolitan city with Lake Simcoe. Some of Toronto's top entertainment venues, hotels, skyscrapers and restaurants stand along this street. The TTC operates subway trains that make dozens of stops along this important road, and transfers to streetcars and buses are readily available at intersecting streets that run east and west. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Attractions and Landmarks

Yonge Street
Yonge Street is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Toronto
The intersection of Yonge Street and Queens Quay marks the heart of the Harbourfront district, which spans dozens of blocks along Lake Ontario. As you head north on the famous street, you'll see iconic venues in the Entertainment District, such as the Scotiabank Arena and Meridian Hall. The Hockey Hall of Fame main entrance faces the busy thoroughfare. Some of Toronto's tallest skyscrapers cast their shadows on Yonge Street, including the Scotia Plaza, TD Canada Trust Tower and Aura. You won't have to walk too far away from the street to find the city's best museums. For example, the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are located just a few blocks west of the road. This important road is also located between two acclaimed institutions of higher educations, such as Ryerson University and the University of Toronto . If you're a history buff, stop at the charming Mackenzie House that stands just one block east of the street. The first mayor of Toronto lived in this dwelling that was constructed in the early 1800s.

Shopping and Dining

The eastern facade of the CF Toronto Eaton Centre faces Yonge Street. Home to more than 230 stores and other businesses, this indoor shopping mall is the largest retail hub in Canada. Some of the city's biggest department stores anchor this multi-level property that's connected to underground PATH tunnels and above-ground pedestrian bridges. Hundreds of food and retail options are available inside the extensive PATH system, which has escalators that connect to skyscrapers and other buildings in downtown Toronto. Situated just across from the Eaton Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square is another notable point along the street. From music concerts to rallies, this urban square hosts some of the most exciting outdoor events in Toronto. Featuring large illuminated billboards and other dazzling displays, the iconic square is often compared to NYC's Times Square. If you're after some of the best waterfront dining in the city, head to the southern tip of the street. The Harbourfront area has numerous restaurants that serve gourmet dishes and fine spirits with lake views. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Visting Yonge Street (Transit and Getting Around)

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Yonge Street is the namesake of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Line 1, an underground rapid transit route that extends just more than 24 miles in Toronto and other communities to the north. Union Station in downtown is the southern terminal of this subway line. Intercity VIA Rail and commuter GO Transit trains serve this major transportation complex. The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is the northern terminal of Line 1. This subway line also provides easy transfers to the TTC Line 2, which is locally named the Bloor-Danforth Line. Several major streets that intersect Yonge Street accommodate TTC streetcars. For example, the 301 and 501 lines stop at the intersection of this thoroughfare and Queen Street. You can catch the 306 and 506 streetcars at the corner of College Street. Additionally, the underground PATH network is easily accessible from several major points in the heart of Toronto.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-07-18
Updated On: 2019-07-18

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