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Toronto is Canada's premier financial centre and, for this reason, the financial district of the core is quite an impressive area - if you're into mirrored glass structures. The recent upswing in the Canadian economy and, particularly, the importance of the financial sector, has meant that more and more impressive buildings will be going up in the near future. This is only compounded by the boom in luxury residential/commercial buildings, which has added a few more exhorbitantly priced structures to Toronto's skyline. Unfortunately, you cannot enter and visit most of the buildings - then again, most of the interiors are just offices and the like - but those who are interested in the architecture of the financial core should definitely visit Brookfield Place (30 Yonge Street). Formerly BCE (Bell Canada Entreprises) Place, the atrium is quite impressive and designed specifically to impress tourists and business visitors alike. The financial district buildings are connected to one another, Union Station, the Eaton Centre, City Hall and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre through the PATH system. PATH is an underground tunnel and shopping complex that makes life incredibly easier in the winter, when -20 degree weather combines with the wind tunnel effect to make the financial district feel like it has been immersed in liquid nitrogen. Be foreworned, though - even Torontonians get lost (frequently) in the underground maze.

Directions: Bounded by Queen St, Front St, Yonge St. and University

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  • Written Oct 13, 2007
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