Toronto Unlocked

Toronto Unlocked, Toronto, Canada (B)

Entering Toronto, you’ll find yourself surrounded by inordinate construction, either towering above you as half-finished condominiums or lurking all around you in various public works convolutions. A decade-long building boom shows no signs of slowing— testament to the city’s will to keep up to its own growth and breathe life into its downtown core. Many designs seek to restore as they renew— architectural innovation meets heritage preservation, making for an exciting future.

Nevertheless, it can all be just a bit overwhelming, so if you’re looking to bring things down to street-level (and human scale), here are some reference points for the labyrinth. On your walk, you’ll get a good sense of some of the Old Town’s most historic buildings, neighborhoods, parks, and landmarks.

Savings Department Safety Deposit Vaults. From the street, you may question your decision to stay at this historic hotel, but the gorgeous lobby and classy rooms will quickly win you over. It’s got a friendly little reception bar for a nightcap, and a beautifully restored hall at the top of a winding staircase for major events. The underground vault, built into bedrock in 1913, features a four-foot-thick steel door that weighs 40 tons, but can be moved with your little finger. Best of all, it’s as central as central gets. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Sights Map

Guide Name: Toronto Unlocked
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Valerie Paterson
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • One King West Hotel and Residence
  • Senator
  • Fashionably Yours
  • Black Market
  • Kops Records
  • Corner Place Restaurant and Lounge
  • St. Lawrence Market
  • Firkin Pub
  • Distillery Historic District
  • St. James Cathedral
  • Toronto’s First Post Office
  • Black Bull Tavern

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