Toronto: Urban Street Art Walk

I have just returned from an amazing trip to Canada to visit family, and whilst there we did a funky urban walk (based on Stroll 1 from Nathalie Prezeau’s book Toronto Urban Strolls for Girlfriends).  The walk is centred around the Financial District.

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We exited Union Station onto Front Street West and headed along to Brookfield Place, where we spent an enjoyable hour (well at least for my husband and son) at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The best part about this was the fabulous stained glass panel in the roof of the Great Hall.

At Commerce Court, which is west off of Yonge Street, and which was eerily quiet on the day we went, there are some random elephants.

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Tembo, Mother of Elephants: Commerce Court, Toronto

From here we headed over to Scotia Plaza (which is a huge reddish brown skyscraper). Inside (it was also devoid of people) is an enormous picture of a waterfall.

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Our next stop was the Cloud Gardens on Temperance Street, which had a couple of parkourists (is that a word?), despite the No Parkour sign, and another guy with a mask on chanting, so needless to say we didn’t hang around!

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Usually, there is a waterfall and stream running through it and there is also a greenhouse open during the week. The different panels on the Cloud Garden wall represent different construction materials and is a monument to construction workers.

We then went off of Adelaide Street East to the Financial District Courtyard:

At Courthouse Square, where there were some more people “hanging  out” I spotted this strange mural.

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Finally, we stopped at Berczy Park (the mural is on the far side of the Flatiron Building). This kitsch dog fountain amused me – a tiered fountain of dogs with a bone at the top!

And from here, it is an easy walk back to Union Station.

I learned later that there are plenty more sculptures in the Financial District that we missed – there is an interesting article here.

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