The Yorkville - Bloor route focuses on Toronto's most exclusive shopping area. Great photos await you at Cumberland Street's Urban Gardens & eye-popping architecture on Bloor St. like the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Bata Show Museum. Plus, there are lots of opportunities for people-shooting. (Afternoons are better than mornings.)
A Museum StationB Royal Ontario MuseumC The Michael Lee-Chin CrystalD Church of the RedeemerE The CollonadeF Bellair St.G Yorkville ParkH Cumberland StreetI Old York LaneJ Yorkville Ave.K The Prince ArthurL Koerner Hall/Royal Conservatory of MusicM The Bata Shoe Museum
Starting at Museum Station, we'll look up and down University Avenue. To the south, you'll see Queen's Park, and to the North, The Church of the Redeemer - a beautiful development that encloses the old church. Walking east along Bloor Street, we'll find many of the world's top designer shops. On the south side of the street we'll find the Collonade, a U-shaped building set back from the street, of brutish design. The Collonade markes the beginning of Toronto's rise from its dismal architectural history in the sixties. Taking Bellair Street north to Cumberland, we'll explore Yorkville's trendy spots and urban gardens. Heading back west, we'll shoot the spectacular restoration of the Royal Conservatory, where Koerner Hall sits in a jewell-like setting. Our trip ends at the wonky Bata Shoe Museum, perhaps the beginning of Toronto's current architectural renaissance.