Walking is the best way to get to work: it costs nothing, has zero GHG emissions and promotes physical health. If you walk to your destination you likely identify and appreciate a different set of landmarks along your route than drivers do. You probably appreciate the exercise too.
For some pedestrians, a good walking route is one that provides lots of well-maintained sidewalks, lights, benches along the route, direct routes and nice buildings and diverse services/stores. For other pedestrians, they might prefer a quiet, residential route with lots of shade. The walkability of a community or school campus or worksite is measured by those who walk it – you!
For more on the benefits of walking, please visit Healthy Ontario.
To help you visualize distances when you’re considering routes in downtown Toronto, we’ve listed some examples below.
- 1 Kilometre
- In a brisk pace, this will take you 10 minutes and in a leisurely pace this will talk you 15 minutes. An example of this distance is walking from Union Station at Bay and Front to the Dundas Square.
- 2.5 Kilometres
- In a brisk pace, this will take you 25 minutes and in a leisurely pace this will talk you 35 minutes. An example of this distance is walking from Toronto City Hall to St. George Station.
- 4 Kilometres
- In a brisk pace, this will take you 45 minutes and in a leisurely pace this will talk you 1 hour. An example of this distance is walking from Rogers Centre to Casa Loma.
Sidewalks & crossings:
- Pedestrians are entitled to use sidewalks, but cyclists must use the road.
- Look all ways before crossing, even at one-way streets.
- Cross only at intersections and obey your signals.
- Make sure you’re visible at night; wear light or reflective material.
- If you use a personal stereo, make sure you can still hear emergency sirens and honking horns.
- Pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters must share the path.
- Keep to the right of the yellow centre line, if one exists.
- Make sure you’re visible at night. Wear light or reflective material.
- If you use a personal stereo, make sure you can still hear bicycle bells or voices of riders as they announce their approach.
Learn about the City of Toronto’s programs, and initiatives. Read about the pedestrian collision study, and safety statistics.
Stay motivated, stay safe!
Toronto Walking Tours
Read descriptions, download maps and audio files for over 30 self-guided walking tours.
Walking in a group is a great way to meet people, stay fit and find safe and new places to walk. Join a walking group across the City. Click the link above to access different walking groups offering free guided nature walks, trail clubs, hikes and more.
Toronto Wayfinding Strategy
Wayfinding enables people to orient themselves and navigate from place to place with ease. The creation of a multi-modal wayfinding system is a goal of the City’s Walking Strategy and is also timely as the 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games will attract significant visitors to Toronto.
Walking in Toronto
Discovery Walks is a program of self guided walks that link city ravines, parks gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Signage along some of the routes provides information on the area’s heritage and environment.
Parks and Trail Maps
The City produces a map of Toronto’s Parks and Trails to help you plan your walking adventure. Click the link above to find this map and other helpful city maps.
The PATH System
The PATH is downtown Toronto’s underground walkway. According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world. It links 27 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. Click the link above for more information or to download a PATH map.
The Streetscape Manual
The Streetscape Manual is a reference tool developed to guide the design, construction and maintenance of streetscape improvements on Toronto’s arterial road network.
Public Street Events
Outdoor community events can be great walking opportunities for the whole family. Click for a calendar of street events in the city.
Toronto’s Waterfront is undergoing important development. Already a popular walking destination, plans for the new Toronto waterfront aim to maintain and improve miles of wetlands, parks, boardwalks, promenades and heritage foot trails. It will also be a place for festivals, bike and boat races and activity-filled public squares.
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