Interested in walking tours in the hear of Toronto? I want to share this simple map and tour itinerary with you!
This is a route I generally take through the U of T campus when I lead tours, take my kids for a walk or just want to be surrounded by beautiful scenery in the middle of the city. This walk is excellent because it takes you through the heart of the U of T downtown campus, from Bloor Street to College Street.
Here’s the link
U of T Walk Map by Mike
One of the beautiful things about this route is that this walk goes through green spaces with nice buildings all around. In other words it bypasses the busier streets.
The keys elements are:
1. Philosophers Walk – Start by the Alexandra Gates on Bloor St. between the Royal Ontario Museum and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Location: Across the street from 210 Bloor St W.
2. Trinity College – Walking south you arrive at Hoskin Ave and Trinity College. This is a fantastic building. If the interior quad is open go in through the gates on the east side (seems closed often in winter).
Address: Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave
3. Soldiers’ Tower – One of the prettier landmarks on the walk. Spend some time here looking at the engravings of soldiers names (including the famous soldier-poet John McCrae of In Flander’s Fields fame).
Address: Soldier’s Tower, Hart House Circle
4. King’s College Circle / Road – Famous central area with nice view of the CN Tower (great buildings all around including University College and Convocation Hall).
Address: 180 College St. (College and King’s College Rd)
Route A / Mike’s map shows a route which entails walking east to Queen’s Park after you reach College St. Transit options from here include the College streetcar and Queen’s Park subway station.
Route B / Alternately, you might want to try walking up Spadina Ave past the Daniel’s Architecture Building or up St. George, with both these routes returning to Bloor St. Transit options from here include the Spadina streetcar and Spadina or St. George stations.
That wraps up my walk! Hope this is useful to you. I am a proud alumnus of the university and though I attended Scarborough College in the eastern part of the city, you might say I am a devotee of the St. George campus. I will venture by there regularly if I am in the downtown west. If I do I always bring my camera!
If you are interested I lead the Tdot Shots group photo walks and I can be hired to lead private walking tours as well. Do not hesitate to reach out!
Enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the city!