With even more snow expected to fall in Toronto over night and into the weekend, it is the perfect time to explore some of the spectacular streetcar routes that Toronto has to offer. The sights are even more heavenly when blanketed by the perfect white snow.
During our last major snowfall in 1999, the streetcars were the only vehicles that kept moving in spite of the weather and checking them out now is the perfect “snow weekend” idea.
The Queen car takes you from Victoria Park to Roncesvalle and passes some of Toronto’s best shopping districts, restaurants, and high-end hotels in the city. From East to West, you can check out the Eaton Centre, The Elgin & Winter Gardens Theatre, The Four Seasons Opera House, The Rex, the Fashion District, The Ivy Hotel, The Drake Hotel and the Gladstone Hotel just to name a few. If you’re in the mood for a show, there’s the Lower Ossington Theatre and something is almost always happening at The Rivoli. Even if you’re just in the mood to sit back and enjoy a nice ride, this is the streetcar route for you.
Dundas 505 Car
Running from Broadview station to Dundas West in The Junction, the Dundas 505 passes some of Toronto most culturally-diverse neighborhoods. From East to West, there’s the Paintbox Bistro (part of the new Regent Park development), the Ryerson campus, Dundas Square, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Kensington Market, Little Portugal and Trinity Bellwoods Park.
King 504 Car
The King 504 highlights T.O.’s architectural diversity as you sail between various performing arts venues while also being able to see Canada’s financial district. Notable sites include the Bell TIFF Lightbox Cinema, the Princess of Wales Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, the Royal Meridian King Edward, Toronto’s Sculpture Garden, the Scotia Plaza, CIBC and TD Centre.