Why I Love Toronto Reason #334
Underneath Toronto right before you hit Ninja Turtle Territory and the TTC is an underground mall. PATH is a 28 km underground walkway with retail stores, services and entertainment. The PATH has such a variety of stores for you to shop at with some common stores you may see above ground and other little no name stores you are most likely only to find underground or in random plaza’s. The PATH has a number of retail stores which include clothing stores for men and women as well as jewelry and arts stores as well. They have services ranging from shoe repair, framing, photocopying, male grooming and travel as well as food venues located in food court like areas or scattered throughout mixed in with the other services underneath. The PATH is actually considered the largest underground shopping complex according to the Guinness World Records and also hosts the world’s largest underground sidewalk sale.
What I love about the PATHs website is how it describes its shopping experience. To them it is an exploration. I 100% agree with that because if you have ever been in the PATH it truly is a place to explore and get lost in. I know downtown Toronto so well I could walk around with my eyes close and tell people where to go without even looking in the direction. That is because I know the streets, the buildings and the sounds of the area. If someone were to ask me how to get to this building while in the PATH I’d be like “I have no clue where civilization is!” but that is the fun part about PATH, getting lost and finding little hidden gems underneath the city of Toronto. Also let’s be honest when it’s like 100 degrees outside, the snow is up to your knees and it is so cool you feel like you are in The Day After Tomorrow, the PATH is nice escape. In fact a city report in the 60’s noted the need for a space that wasn’t too crowed by human beings and a place to relieve the full capacity that the city sidewalks had to deal with. The first part of the PATH is said to have opened in 1973.
Another cool thing to note is that each letter in the word PATH represents a direction – I just thought it was cool and colourful! Anyways, the P is red and represents south, the A is orange and represents west, T is blue for north and H is yellow for east. These letters are there to help guide you through the underground complex and to some of the major Toronto building and landmarks that are connected to it.
Overall the PATH is an interesting place to get lost in. Like I said you can find some of the most random places here and I will admit there are areas of the PATH which look really dumpy, but still it is a really cool area to get to explore when you have the time because you can get lost pretty easily guaranteed.
That Is Why I Love Toronto.
Yup, I agree, When ever we where in Toronto going to Sick Children’s and we had the time to spare we would go to the underground and walk around in there, and get to the train station without having walked outside.