The history of the area can still be felt in its present-day form, as more than forty buildings of the original district remain. They are considered to be some of the best-preserved among those constructed during the Victorian Industrial era in North America. Today, the area is known for its many art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, artist studios and workshops. The creators of the Distillery District described their vision as creating a space where “people could experience new ideas, new foods, new designs and new ways of living and working.”
This area has something for everyone, with world-class shopping, theatres, four professional sports teams at their home venues, nightlife, dining and cultural attractions. It is also home to a vibrant business community, making this a good destination for those who love to work hard and play hard. Many of the city’s most famous landmarks can be found within the heart of the Toronto Entertainment District, including the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the Air Canada Centre, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Roy Thompson Hall, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox, just to name a few.
The Fashion District is known for being comprised of shops that sell their clothing straight from the manufacturers. is a great place to get discounts on local fashions, fabrics, leathers and furs. There are many outlets as well as many bridal outlets in the area. Also, with its close proximity to the Toronto Entertainment District and the Harbourfront, there is plenty of entertainment and recreation nearby. This makes it an ideal location for work and play – with great restaurants, sporting venues, theatres, nightlife and many office buildings nearby.
The Financial District is one of the most densely-built areas inToronto. It is the site of numerous banking companies, corporate headquarters, high-powered legal and accounting firms, insurance companies and stockbrokers. The ‘Big Five’ bank towers are connected in the underground by the PATH system. The PATH is lined with retail shops, restaurants and services. Much of the businesses found in the PATH are only open during the working week hours, though the doors to the PATH system stay open during the evenings and on the weekends.
The Fort York neighborhood is bordered by the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway tracks to the north, Lakeshore Boulevard to the south, Strachan Avenue to the east and Bathurst St on the west. The neighborhood is serviced by the Harbourfront Streetcar, which feeds into Union Station and Exhibition Place. As the area is still being converted into a mixed-use neighborhood, there is not yet an abundance of stores or cafés in the area. There is, however, the nearby Coronation Park which provides leisure and recreation for residents of the area.
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