Never mind that the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan met a bloody end here in 1521(something to do with a trade war between rival rajahs), today's shores are highly hospitable to business and leisure travelers.
February 11, 2009
I've whiled many an hour beneath the bustling streets of Toronto, not sitting in a subway but patrolling on foot, exploring the underground shops beneath the city center or conveying myself in a leisurely way and in temperate comfort.
February's average temperature in Toronto is 17 degrees Fahrenheit and don't forget the wind chill off the lake.
More than 50" of snow has fallen so far this winter. But the PATH is a great way to go. This system of underground walkways links 16 miles of shopping, services and entertainment.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the PATH it is the world's largest underground shopping complex with more than 4 million square feet of retail space.
The first underground path originated in 1900 when the T. Eaton Company connected its main store to its bargain annex. Seventeen years later, there were five pedestrian tunnels. And today more than 50 office towers and buildings are connected through the system.
With 60 decision points at which a pedestrian has to decide between turning left, right or continuing straight on, it's fortunate that the signage is clear.
I like a city that plans for contingencies, especially the expected ones. So, no matter what Mother Nature serves up, I know I can walk from my hotel to the Air Canada Centre and catch the Maple Leafs, and from there go to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner.
Know of any other good urban walkways?