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Commerce Court

You Are Here: The PATH

The largest underground retail concourse in the world, Toronto’s PATH system travels beneath the Financial District with numerous entry and exit points. Many have been lured by its warmth in winter, plus shopping and sustenance. But it can be a bit confusing; follow our guide to ensure a smooth trip from one end to the other.

1. CENTRAL HUB One of the bigger, busier sections of PATH’s underground city is First Canadian Place. More than 120 shops, services and restaurants make it a popular destination for business people with a minute to spare. Top shops such as Harry Rosen, Tip Top Tailors and Birks ensure you’re well attired and accessorized, while respected restaurants including Vertical and Reds can satisfy any craving. This marketplace is as distinguished as its namesake skyscraper, which stands as the city’s second tallest building. 100 King St. W., 416-862-8138.

First Canadian Place's gleaming concourse

2. PRIME REAL ESTATE Near Bay and Wellington streets sits the cluster of Mies van der Rohe–designed towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Beneath those buildings, the PATH’s green granite floors match TD Bank’s colour palette, and plush leather benches offer respite from the foot traffic. The retail range here offers Danier Leather and a Laura Secord chocolate boutique. Streetside, you’ll find the Design Exchange and popular restaurant Bymark. High flyers ascend even further—54 storeys, to be exact—to indulge in original Canadian cuisine at Canoe. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-869-1144.

3. ADDED VALUE If you find yourself surrounded by bright, white marble, you’ve arrived at the new Bay Adelaide Centre. This peaceful portion of PATH is home to a small but immaculate food court and some quick-stop shops; to the north it connects with the huge flagship location of The Bay. The futuristic feel of the underground matches the building that rises from it—the glass-walled building is the city’s first and only high-rise office tower to lay claim to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Standard. 333 Bay St., 416-369-2300.

The exquisite vaulted ceiling of Commerce Court's CIBC bank building

4. SQUARE DEAL Commerce Court’s quadrants boast a food court, as well as healthy Four, an upscale restaurant where every dish is under 650 calories. Above ground, check out power-lunch favourite Far Niente plus the historic Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce headquarters—with its stunning Beaux Arts–style atrium—and the surrounding towers designed by I.M. Pei. 25 King St. W., 416-364-2281.

5. SPLENDID SITE Arguably the best-known southerly section of the PATH is Brookfield Place. Just a short walk from Union Station, its subterranean component has a food court and a few modest shops, but you’ll also find the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame—a shrine to Canada’s cherished pastime featuring exhibits, artifacts, trophies and more. Or, follow the sunlight up to street level, where soaring white buttresses and an arched glass ceiling create a futuristic cathedral-like effect in the Allen Lambert Galleria. 181 Bay St., 416-777-6480.

Frugal Faves: The Textile Museum and a Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

See colourful quilts and much more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission at the Textile Museum.

View colourful quilts and more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission to the Textile Museum of Canada.

PWYC Admission to the Textile Museum
The Textile Museum of Canada showcases more than 1,200 cloth-based artifacts and works of art from around the world, from traditional East Asian garments and Danish tablecloths to feminist embroidery and evocative tapestries. General museum admission ($12) won’t break the bank, but frugal types will want to visit on Wednesday evenings, when you pay-what-you-can to get in. Check out Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, examine South American fabric fragments in In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art, and try different kinds of looms in the fibrespace hands-on gallery, all on the cheap.

Pay-What-You-Can admission at the Textile Museum is in effect every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m.

Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).

Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).

See “Businessman” Sculptures for Free
If you’re an art fan but your PWYC budget is closer to $0? Then go on a cost-free sculpture scavenger hunt to find the Businessman. Renowned sculptor William Hodd McElcheran created a number of bronze sculptures of a portly man in an overcoat, tie and fedora. A selection of these famed pieces from the 1980s were placed around Toronto, some fittingly located in the Financial District. Find the Businessman at Brookfield Place standing tall with hat and portfolio in hand, in mid-stride in the Commerce Court East building, bareback on a horse between Brennan Hall and Emsley Hall on the University of Toronto campus, and at other spots. A variety of works by McElcheran are also available for purchase at Yorkville’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries.