Have you heard of Toronto's PATH? It's Toronto's underground lair. It's a way to walk around the downtown core and escape the freezing winter temperatures, the summer's heavy humidity and even to elude the crowds on the city street's sidewalks. It's a network of underground pedestrian tunnels, elevated walkways and at-grade walkways connecting most of the office towers (and shops, and attractions, and restaurants, and subway stations etc... etc...) of downtown Toronto.
If you do know the PATH, you know it can be a little confusing at times with it's complex labyrinth of passages. We are here to help with that confusion! Or try to help with that confusion?
Cheryl had a little more experience with the PATH than I did. She had worked part-time at one of the stores in 1993 and used those tunnels to explore a whole other level of the city. One day, 3 years ago, we decided to bring me up to speed and explore every nook and cranny of the 'underground', as she referred to it. We decided if we lived in the city of Toronto, it was our duty to know it inside out!
Fast forward to 3 years later where we've put together a vlog on the PATH, for YOU. It's the perfect companion piece to you reading this blog, right now.
Go ahead, take a break from reading and watch it here:
Some facts you may want to know about the PATH:
Most of shops hours are Monday to Friday, 6am - 6pm. Although the stores close at 6pm, the majority of the PATH remains open until midnight and on the weekends as well.
There are 1200 stores and services within the PATH.
The attractions that are connected are: Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, Roy Thompson Hall, CN Tower, Union Station, Eaton Centre.
Hotels easily accessed: Fairmont Royal York, One King Hotel & Residences, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance Hotel, Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, Inter Continental.
Some of the Restaurants: Canoe, Bymark, Jump, Hy's Steakhouse, Far Niente, Marché, Ki, Epic, Stratus, Tundra, Speakeasy 21, Bannock, Leña, Baton Rouge, Joey, Drake One Fifty.
Other buildings and areas: Allan Lambert Galleria, Metro Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, City Hall, CBC Broadcasting Centre, Skywalk, UP Express.
Numerous Food Courts, dry cleaners, doctors, dentists, grocery stores, fitness clubs... you name it, you can probably find it.
You can enter into the PATH as far south as Queens Quay and wander as north as the Bay on Atrium and soon, College Park.
And if you wear a FitBit or keep track of your steps, that's a whole lotta steps (now you know our secret fellow FitBit-ers)
Our favourite building for shopping: First Canadian Place.
Our favourite food spots: Jelly Modern Doughnut, Prairie Girl Cupcakes and Canoe.
If you ever need any help navigating or suggestions on where to go, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help.
You can also learn more by clicking HERE.
Have fun exploring!