While I personally love to explore and stay fit through running, I know that it’s not possible for all. Today I have for you a guest post from HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinics on exploring and stay fit through walking.
At our physiotherapy clinics we always emphasize walking because it’s great for your physical health, mental health, and the benefits last a lastime. Regardless of the weather, it’s always good to allocate just 30 minutes per day to take a stroll because this activity has tremendous benefits for your cardiovascular health. Toronto’s a big city and today we wanted to highlight all the neat spots to take a walk. Today we present the 7 best walking spots in Toronto. Enjoy!
If you live near downtown Toronto then chances are you’ve been to Kensington Market, a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Kensington Market, located between College St and Spadina Ave is home to shops, landmarks and great food. Be sure to check out the street acts performing at Bellevue Square Park located within Kensington Market. Also enjoy a spring roll or two at the Banh Mi Bar. Don’t forget, Kensington Market is also home to the Winter Solstice Festival which takes place every December. Enjoy the great sights and sounds which Kensington Market has to offer virtually every day of the year.
If you live in the east-end of Toronto then be sure to walk the Scarborough Bluffs as much as possible because the views cannot be matched. The Bluffs is an escarpment which, at its highest point, rises 300ft above Lake Ontario. With many hiking trails, walking trails and tent areas, the Bluffs is easily one of the best walking spots in Toronto.
For those of you who prefer the indoors, then PATH is right for you. PATH is essentially a series of underground tunnels located in downtown Toronto which span over 30kms (19 miles). With 1200 stores and 4 million sq ft of space, PATH is the largest shopping complex in the world according to the Guinness World Records. A city within a city, PATH offers plenty shopping and food options for those who love to walk.
If you’re located in the west-end of Toronto then you should probably check out High Park, a 400 acre park with plenty activities for everybody. Take a walk and enjoy “Shakespeare in the Park,” a free play put on by the Canadian Stage Company every year during the summer. During the winter months, the hiking paths are maintained for those who want to ski or snowshoe. High Park is perfect for those who love an evening stroll because there’s always something going on and you’ll definitely have a great adventure.
There are plenty of reasons to take a walk along Queen St. West, or “West Queen West” as the locals love to call it. Located just west of downtown Toronto, Queen west consists of studios, restaurants, and landmarks. Trinity Bellwoods Park, located on Queen St. West is a great place to get some fresh air. We almost forget to mention, Vogue Magazine called West Queen West the second coolest neighbourhood in the world in its September 2014 issue.
Located in the east-end of Toronto are the Beaches, a neighbourhood with three beaches located on Lake Ontario. Take a walk through the broadwalk, grab some ice cream and enjoy the spectacular views. If you’d like to get a bit more adventurous then throw on the rollerblades, or walk in the sand. The Beaches is also home to the Beaches International Jazz Festival which takes place every July.
Just east of downtown Toronto is the Distillery District, a district which features Victorian-era architecture, cobblestone surfaced streets and forty heritage buildings. Much like Kensington Market, the Distillery District was designated as a Natural Historic Site of Canada. With plenty of restaurants, cafes, and nightlife, the Distillery District is a great place to walk. If that isn’t enough, the National Geographic once named it a “Top Pick” in Canada for tourists.
Image from my visit to the Distillery District during the Christmas Market holding a box of cupcakes haha. Lots of cupcakes, cakes, and other baked goods to purchase!
QOTD: Where do you like to walk? Do you walk at least 30 minutes a day?
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