As the weather starts to warm up in Toronto, you may be looking for a way to enjoy the spring (almost summer) air. What better way than to take a walk around the city? Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the prettiest streets in Toronto for you to enjoy.
1. Queen Street West
Extending from Roncesvalles Avenue to University Avenue, Queen Street West is a great place to enjoy the sunshine and go shopping. Grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant, enjoy some secondhand shopping, or just take in the city’s atmosphere. If you keep walking along Queen Street West, you’ll end up at Trinity Bellwoods Park, which is the perfect spot for a picnic in the summer.
2. Brimley Road
Take in some natural beauty at Brimley Road, which leads directly to the Scarborough Bluffs. Have a picnic or take a walk by the lake at the end of the road, or explore the surrounding Scarborough Bluffs. Close to Brimley Road is Scarborough Town Centre Mall, which is a great place to walk around in the area if the weather turns.
3. Ossington Avenue
Nicknamed one of the ‘coolest streets in the world, take a walk down Ossington Avenue this spring and enjoy the energy of this vibrant area. Featuring nightlife, dining, and shopping, there’s something for everyone in this area of the city. Some great spots along Ossington Avenue include Bang Bang ice cream shop and bakery, Bellwoods Brewery, and stores, such as Rotate This for some cool vintage vinyl records.
4. Queens Quay
Also known as Toronto’s Harbourfront, this street is a relaxing place to enjoy Lake Ontario. Enjoy walking alongside the lake or stop into the Toronto Music Garden along the way to really take in the spring weather. You can also visit the Harbourfront Centre, which is always hosting fun and informative events for the whole family (any time of year!)
5. The Bridle Path
If you’re looking to take a drive down one of the prettiest streets in Toronto, look no further than The Bridle Path. Featuring stunning multi-million dollar mansions and spectacular parks, this neighbourhood is a highlight of the Don River Valley area. In particular, we recommend visiting Edwards Gardens to enjoy some beautiful plant life. You may even spot some Canadian-born celebrity homes, including Celine Dion and Toronto’s very own, Drake.
Take a walk around Cabbagetown, a neighbourhood in Central Toronto, and enjoy some beautiful, vintage architecture. The colourful homes lining these streets are the perfect backdrop for a spring walk or an Instagram shot. There are also plenty of local businesses and restaurants to explore during your walk.
7. Bay Street
Enjoy the upscale and chic neighbourhood of Yorkville with a walk on Bay Street. As you take in the city atmosphere, step into a local cafe for a bite to eat or an on-the-go coffee. You can also step back in time at the Royal Ontario Museum after your stroll!
8. The Annex
This neighbourhood is situated between Spadina and Bathurst subway stations. Featuring wide sidewalks, cute shops, and trendy restaurants, this is one area of Toronto you won’t want to miss. You can even explore the side streets and look at some beautiful Victorian homes! Many buildings in this area are protected by the Toronto Historical Board, so you can be guaranteed to see some beautiful architecture in The Annex.
9. Rosedale Valley Road
Leading directly to the Rosedale Valley Trail, Rosedale Valley Road is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. There is plenty to do this area, such as visit Evergreen Brickworks for some fresh produce and scenic views of the Toronto skyline. This neighbourhood and trail also connect easily to neighbourhoods in Toronto’s east end, such as Leslieville and Greektown.
10. Briar Hill Avenue
This is another street filled with beautiful architecture. Mainly a residential neighbourhood, take either a walk or a drive on Briar Hill Avenue to look at some beautiful homes with lovely landscaping upkeep. This area also has lots of restaurant options with cuisine from all over the world, such as Mexican empanadas and Vietnamese pho.
11. Rathburn Road / Centennial Park Boulevard
Rathburn Road and Centennial Park Boulevard is an area of the city perfect to visit this time of year. These Etobicoke streets are home to beautiful cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom during the springtime. Unlike Trinity Bellwoods and High Park, this is a lesser known spot to see cherry blossoms in Toronto. Boasting a total of 463 trees, this is a great spot to see some beautiful Sakura trees and enjoy the spring weather.
We hope this article really paints a picture of the prettiest streets in Toronto. So, get outside this spring and enjoy some fun walks in our beautiful city!