Welcome to Bay Street Corridor:
If you want to be in the very heart of the action, this long, skinny neighbourhood is where Canada’s most ambitious men and women come to make their mark. (Bay Street is often shorthand for high-powered bankers and lawyers.) Young professionals congregate in this dense neighbourhood dotted with sparkling skyscrapers, which offers a car-free, no-commute-needed lifestyle with fantastic restaurants and outstanding entertainment. It’s the perfect community for movers and shakers who love the endless options that come with downtown living.
What you'll fall in love with:
It is impossible to be bored. The Bay Street Corridor is a little slice of heaven for urban denizens who thrive in the colour and chaos of downtown. Here, locals enjoy every convenience and infinite possibilities. You’ll love the variety, the excitement and the never-ending list of gallery openings, concerts, exhibitions and ‘it’ restaurants to try. Or grab take-out and eat on your couch, gazing out over the twinkling streets of Canada’s biggest city. Here, there are no limits.
The Corridor is at the centre of a city that never sleeps. Locals can sing their hearts out until 3 a.m. at the Bar + Karaoke Lounge, then head to 7 West Café (open 24/7) for dessert by romantic candlelight (or to M’Zaar for Lebanese shawarma). You can even do your grocery shopping around the clock here, at Rabba Fine Foods (they’ve also got a 24-hour sandwich bar in the back).
Given this neighbourhood’s prim location, any Toronto restaurant you want to try is just a quick Uber ride away. If you want to walk to dinner, local favourites include Scaddabush for killer Italian pasta and homemade mozzarella, or The Queen & Beaver Public House for a few pints and classic British fare. For a special treat, head to Canada’s famous Barberian’s Steak House, an old-world restaurant with a spectacular wine cellar and unparalleled service.
The Corridor offers a staggering array of culture and entertainment options. The Toronto International Film Festival is right on your doorstep, while the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario are just a few block west. The entertainment and theatre districts are a short cab ride away. You’re close to the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the Ontario government buildings, not to mention most of the major hospitals and the humming business district. The Eaton Centre – North America’s busiest mall – is just across the street. Yonge and Wellesley is hub for the city’s Pride festivities each year. You can walk everywhere.
For a breath of fresh air, head to Queen’s Park – just a short walk west of Bay Street, it’s the biggest green space in the core and a welcome reprieve from the concrete and glass you’ll find everywhere else. To squeeze in a workout, try the YMCA (Grosvenor Street) or, if you don’t mind a short walk, join the University of Toronto’s Hart House (Hart House Circle).
The Bay Street Corridor is a slim neighbourhood in downtown Toronto that runs from Bay Street on the west side across to Yonge Street on the east, and from Bloor Street on the north all the way down to Dundas Street along the southern edge. The majority of residents are well-educated, under 40 and living in a high-rise, and most couples don’t have children. It’s an incredibly dense neighbourhood, with well over 10,000 people living in each square kilometre. The average annual household income hovers around $65,000.
The Corridor offers a staggering array of culture and entertainment options. The Toronto International Film Festival is right on your doorstep, while the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario are just a few block west. The entertainment and theatre districts are a short cab ride away. You’re close to the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the Ontario government buildings, not to mention all of the major hospitals and the humming business district. The Eaton Centre – North America’s busiest mall – is just across the street. Yonge and Wellesley is ground zero for the city’s Pride festivities each year. You can walk everywhere.
A little bit of history:
The clean streets, swank establishments and shimmering glass towers have entirely replaced The Ward, an inner city slum that was home to wave upon wave of immigrants starting in the early 1800s. This is where the Underground Railroad ended, and where hundreds of American slaves found freedom; it is where the Irish came after the potato famine and where Toronto’s proud Jewish community first established itself after fleeing Eastern Europe in the 1890s. Italians and Chinese followed until the 1950s, when the slum was razed to make way for a new City Hall.
Since the early 1990s, the community has experienced a condominium boom, with countless new projects creating a vibrant new residential district at the heart of the city. Many are luxury suites and penthouses accessible only to the affluent – a remarkable transformation from the days of The Ward.
What commute? Yonge and Bloor is right in your neighbourhood – if you’re down at the south end of the Corridor, it will take you just 15 minutes to walk there. From the centre of the Corridor it will take about 10 minutes to get to Union Station by car, bike or transit, or about half an hour on foot. There’s no need for a car here, and most locals walk to work.
Bay Street Corridor on a map
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