"Bloor by the Park" Toronto Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

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Bloor Street, which runs west from the Don Valley Parkway all the way to Mississauga is probably one of the best streets to experience the "neighbourhood effect" that so characterizes Toronto's social fabric. Quite a bit west of the core, just north of High Park, is Bloor on the Park, a quiet neighbourhood that is primarily East European. This area has yet to be gentrified in the same was as Bloor West/Annex, so don't be surprised if you make the trip out and find that it isn't choked full of funky eateries and knick-knack boutiques selling overpriced trinkets. Still, there is a unique feel to this part of the city, partly because of the Ukrainian and Baltic (primarily Lithuanian but also Latvian) restaurants, cultural associations and churches that occupy the storefronts. Lithuanian House, which also doubles as the Lithuanian Consulate, was established in 1922 and has a requisite bar serving Lithuanian beer. The Taras Shevchenko museum/gallery is also here, celebrating various aspects of Ukrainian and Canadia'-Ukrainian culture. It certainly isn't somewhere that tourist MUST visit, but if you've been to Toronto several times and are looking for something new, it definitely ranks highly in the "different experiences" category of things to do in Toronto.

Address: Around 1600 Bloor St W
Directions: West of Landsdowne Station

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  • Written Sep 5, 2007
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