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The PATH Toronto
Toronto is located in the southern part of Canada, bordering the United States. So, it doesn’t get as cold as the other parts of the country. That being said, winters still see temperatures from -5°C to -15°C. The summers are no better, you will see very humid and hot days with temperatures from 30°C to 33°C which can feel like 40°C due to the humidity. In both cases, you don’t want to be outside. Fortunately, the city of Toronto has a solution for that. Toronto has an extensive system of underground paths which is known as The PATH which makes commuting between buildings easy without the need to go outside.
What is the PATH?
As I mentioned before, The PATH Toronto is a walkway that connects many commercial centers and office buildings in the Financial and Entertainment districts of Toronto that enable easy commute between buildings akin to the +15 walkway in Calgary. The PATH is used everyday by thousands for commuting to and fro from their office and their downtown apartments, which sometimes have direct access to the PATH, or the subway. However, the PATH is not JUST for locals commuting to their offices. I have chosen to write about the PATH in my Travel Blog because, the PATH can be a very useful route for tourists who can use it to visit tourist attractions in downtown.
What’s On the PATH
Tourist Attractions on the PATH
You can access the following Tourist Attractions and notable buildings on The PATH Toronto:
- The Brookfield Place – The Hockey Hall Of Fame, Allan Lambert Galleria, Sam Pollock Square
- CN Tower
- Ripley’s Aquarium Of Canada
- Rogers Centre
- Roy Thomson Hall
- Toronto City Hall
- Air Canada Centre
- Harbour Plaza
- Eaton Centre
- Hudson Bay and Saks
The Brookfield Place, home of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Allan Lambert Galleria and the steel arches at Sam Pollock Square is directly on the walkway.
while the Brookfield place is directly connected to the PATH, the attractions like CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium Of Canada are not directly on the PATH. To reach CN Tower and the other attractions mentioned here, follow the PATH to the Union Station. From the Union Station, you should get on the skywalk which is also a covered above ground walkway. To get to the Skywalk, walk up a flight of stairs at Union Train Station up to the Great Hall. From the Great Hall, follow sign boards leading you toward the CN Tower.
Shops and Restaurants
The PATH has over 1200 shops and restaurants ranging from High-end brands to local businesses. Also, it also has direct access to popular shopping malls such as Eaton Centre, Hudson’s Bay and Saks.
Hotels Connected to the PATH
Some hotels in downtown Toronto are directly connected to the PATH. If you book your stay at one of these hotels, you also have the convenience of the PATH at your disposal:
- The Hilton Toronto
- Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
- Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
- Cambridge Suites Toronto
- One King West Hotel and Residence
- Fairmont Royal York Hotel
- InterContinental Toronto Centre
- The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
Connections to Subway Stations
The subway stations that are present on the “U” part of Line 1, that is Dundas, Queen, King, Union, St.Andrew, Osgoode and St.Patrick stations are all on this walkway. It also has has access to GO Train station and GO Bus Terminal at Union Station and Toronto Coach Terminal.
Getting Around the PATH
PATH is well marked by signs and maps. You can also download or view the PATH map here : Download Map. There are also color-coded arrows to guide people on the PATH. However, people with no knowledge of the color codes, find it a little confusing to navigate. So here is a brief explanation of how to interpret the color codes of the PATH.
Understanding the Color Codes of the PATH Toronto
You will observe that the four letters of PATH are written in four different colors – Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow. These colors also represent the four directions.
North is Blue (meant to represent cold weather of the North)
South is Red (representing the warmth of the south)
East is Yellow (representing the rising sun in the east)
West is Orange (representing the setting sun)
If you remember this, it becomes very easy to interpret the boards along the PATH just by looking at the color of the arrows. In the picture above, apart from the actual written words, the color codes show that Bay Adelaide Centre is to the North and the Commerce Court is to the South. Also, look for the maps that are posted all throughout as shown below:
A newer and easier to interpret map is in the works and will be released this year. I will surely update this blog post with the new pictures when the map is out.
A Free Walking Tour of the PATH
If you are looking for a free tour of the PATH, check out the free walking tour run by The Tour Guys. The walking tour is free 90 min tour of downtown Toronto where they also take you down to explore parts of the PATH. Especially, if the weather is bad the entire tour is done using the PATH. Check them out!
Is the PATH Open on Weekends?
During Weekdays, this walkway is abuzz with people, hot cups of coffee in their hands, hurrying along as they take determined strides towards work. In the evening, there is mad rush towards subway stations.
However, on weekends some parts of the PATH almost look like a scene from a apocalyptic flick. While the walkway itself is open, the restaurants and shop along the PATH are closed giving it a deserted appearance. I was actually scared to walk through parts of it, even though I had my husband right beside me.
Even though the PATH is partially closed on weekends, I am glad this walkway exists, specially during bad weather! Make sure you explore it when you visit Toronto and help spread the word of this amazing underground shopping walkway by sharing this blog post.
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