Many people credit the downtown Toronto’s safety and vibrancy to the number of people who live right in the heart of the city. A report published in 2006 revealed people moving into downtown tend to be well educated, most are employed full-time within the downtown area and household incomes among this group tend to be relatively high.
If you live south of Bloor Street pretty much everything an urban dweller could wish for is within walking distance, including the city’s financial hub, several major hospitals, universities and colleges. Many residents choose not to own cars due to the convenience of Toronto’s subway and streetcar system on their doorstep.
The famous PATH network of retail and commercial space extends to over 27 kms underground in addition to the wide range of sophisticated and eclectic shopping, restaurants and cafes in the downtown area.
The Eaton Centre, one of Canada’s leading shopping malls and Toronto’s top tourist attraction. The public square, opposite the mall, hosts music, film and community events, mostly free of charge.
Allan Gardens is one of Toronto’s oldest parks. With a children’s playground and two fenced off-leash areas for dogs, it is popular with local residents, and is best known for its 16,000 sq ft Conservatory featuring rare tropical plants from all over the world. With free admission and open every day of the year, it is a quiet oasis in the heart of the city.
The St Lawrence Market was originally the market for the Town of York, founded in 1793, it continues to this day and in particular the Saturday’s farmer’s market is thronged with eager buyers from all over the city in pursuit of fresh, locally grown organic produce.
Toronto’s Entertainment District is centred on King Street West, between University and Spadina and is home to many theatres and performing arts centres, Toronto's four major-league sports teams, and an array of cultural and family attractions, as well as many nightclubs. Yonge Street, south of Dundas, is also noted for its theatres, including the Elgin and Wintergarden Theatres, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Panasonic Theatre and Massey Hall.