Cosmopolitan Toronto is located in the Golden Horseshoe, the huge megalopolis that extends in a crescent shape around Lake Ontario. To run in Toronto is to visit a new city, with its heterogeneous architecture and phenomenal number of skyscrapers.
Toronto is crossed by two main rivers and numerous tributaries. The shoreline is formed by sediments that were naturally brought in by the lake's currents, which also created the Toronto Islands, an excellent running spot. The many streams and rivers flowing into the lake from the north have also created large wooded ravines, in which parks have been created, which are pleasant to walk or run in. There is no predominant architectural style in the city of Toronto. On your run, you can appreciate the truth of Lawrence Richards' words: "Toronto is a new, brash, rag-tag place - a great mix of eras and styles. Indeed, the city's buildings are extremely varied in age and design. Many of the low-rise buildings date from the mid-19th century, while the tall buildings were erected in the second half of the 20th century. You can walk past the CN Tower, which is both the symbol of the city of Toronto and the signature of its skyline. At over 550 metres high, it was the tallest free-standing structure in the world until 2007, and is still the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere. Toronto, having welcomed many immigrants, both European and Asian, has experienced phenomenal growth during the 20th century. The Toronto Stock Exchange is the largest in the country. As a result, it is one of the most high-rise cities in the world, with more than 1,700 buildings over 90 metres in height, or more than 25 towers of at least 50 storeys, the majority of which are residential buildings.
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Our running routes in
Along Lake Ontario
This route along the lake will take you to some of the jewels in Toronto's crown. Take a look at the Princes' Gates, the Harbourfront Centre and Sugar Beach. Have a nice stroll!
Set out on a short tour of Toronto's Financial District. From the Cathedral Church of St. James, to the Four Seasons Centre and the former City Hall, you will not know where to look!
A short run in Queen's Park
Follow in the footsteps of the University of Toronto students, with a quick run through the famous Queen's Park! This is perfect for you to get into, or back into running.
Discovering the City Centre
Launch this Smart Run for an unforgettable run through Toronto! There's plenty to learn about Union Station, Saint Lawrence Market and the lights of Yonge Dundas Square.
Cross the Discovery District, the home of the University of Toronto. You will discover the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, located right at the heart of the sublime Queen's Park.
How does a short trip round the city centre sound? Follow the edge of Lake Ontario, along the Harbourfront Centre and Sugar Beach. In a district of skyscrapers, you'll also discover the Gooderham Building, Union Station and the famous CN Tower.
To the Distillery District
Toronto is a beautiful mixture of the old and new, where people from across the world come together. You are bound to be impressed by its beautiful architecture, its squares and its charming neighbourhoods.
Toronto, a cosmopolitan city
Toronto is the perfect example of a modern, multicultural city. All you need to do is stride across the town to find out how multicultural it really is! Discover its streets and urban art, which tell the story of the town's rich history of migration.