The Path
The area
Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • Union • 4 min walk
  • St. Andrew • 5 min walk
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  • Natalie M
    Moose Jaw, Canada60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to get around downtown Toronto
    The PATH helped us stay out of the cold wet weather in Toronto when we were there. It helped also because our hotel and the locations we were going to was easily navigated to by the PATH system and maps. Nice to be able to go to Scotiabank arena from the hotel without having to go outside. The shops and restaurants were neat to see also. A tip that we learned is navigate old school with street names and addresses and not with your phone through Apple maps or Google Maps until we were back outside walking on the street. At least our phones went crazy walking in the PATH system when we were trying to locate an address.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
  • Samsonjh
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom185 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to follow, signs appear and disappear at random
    This is a great idea but, in reality, it's confusing as hell! It's very hard to follow if you're visiting and aren't used to it, the signs seem to appear and disappear at random points and they're written in a style that don't catch your eye. Also, if you're trying to follow it on a map on your phone good luck, you regularly lose signal when you go below ground.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
  • IAN D
    Wigan, United Kingdom25,615 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great in bad weather
    We were lucky in the fact our hotel had direct link to the Path. It is a great way to go went the weather is either cold ar raining hard. As a visitor it was difficult to navigate at times and we existed in the wrong places at times.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
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Seema R
Toronto, Ontario, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing gem of Toronto, so many hidden restaurants, cafes and place to shop! Beautiful find! It's great to find a way to navigate downtown Toronto without trains or automobiles.
Written May 5, 2024
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were lucky in the fact our hotel had direct link to the Path. It is a great way to go went the weather is either cold ar raining hard. As a visitor it was difficult to navigate at times and we existed in the wrong places at times.
Written May 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Samsonjh
Bournemouth, UK185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a great idea but, in reality, it's confusing as hell! It's very hard to follow if you're visiting and aren't used to it, the signs seem to appear and disappear at random points and they're written in a style that don't catch your eye. Also, if you're trying to follow it on a map on your phone good luck, you regularly lose signal when you go below ground.
Written April 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lynn M
Chatham, Canada30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Trying to navigate my way through it was a bit of a challenge because even with the Google Maps it did not always put me in the right direction but I realized if you're just going from one end to the other you will probably be okay. The stores close pretty early but I noticed quite a few food courts and places to sit down. There was one section of it that I could smell urine but for the most part it was pretty clean and well lit. I like it because it's conveniently Underground and when it's cold out you don't have to battle the elements.
Written March 7, 2024
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Natalie M
Moose Jaw, Canada60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The PATH helped us stay out of the cold wet weather in Toronto when we were there. It helped also because our hotel and the locations we were going to was easily navigated to by the PATH system and maps. Nice to be able to go to Scotiabank arena from the hotel without having to go outside. The shops and restaurants were neat to see also.
A tip that we learned is navigate old school with street names and addresses and not with your phone through Apple maps or Google Maps until we were back outside walking on the street. At least our phones went crazy walking in the PATH system when we were trying to locate an address.
Written March 2, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
When downtown, I prefer to get around by using the underground pathways. There are also many shops and eateries which cater to the everyday and special needs of office workers.
Written February 18, 2024
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lowbk
Singapore, Singapore205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Use this path can help you to avoid the cold wind and rain.

This path is like a shopping street underground.
Written December 11, 2023
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AnLil
911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
On a rainy or windy day, the PATH is a good and safe option. It’s accessible by subway, streetcars and GO train. To/from Union station, you can cross into the subway underground through doors to the PATH that passes along eating areas and shops. It’s nothing like Sainte-Catherine Montreal or Seoul’s above-/below-ground mecca around Myeongdong or Gangnam; but York’s Fairmont Hotel also offers underground access to the PATH with storefronts (beside Hockey Hall of Fame on Front Street). Hairdressing/barber, services and cafes dot the subterranean landscape that meanders North—towards Queen Street, smack between Bay Street and University Avenue. For example, nearby the Hudson’s Bay, clients preregister for PhysioPlus (Pineapple) Health group for therapy, acupuncturist and more. You would first pop out at Nathan Phillips Square beside the municipal underground car/charging lot. They’re the stairs leading to the “new” City Hall (a.k.a. Superman buildings), where free Saturday-Sunday events are held seasonally, beside Old City Hall or the stone courthouse—adjacent to Eaton’s Centre. There, you can also find many more shops, across Yonge street from Dundas Square movie theatre (used mornings as a lecture hall by Toronto Metropolitan University students). Renovations are being completed along the PATH, just in time for their wintry escape from Toronto’s bustle and streetcar traffic! Timing it just right, you can emerge from the trains and do all your window shopping…then even catch a theatrical performance or musical/show at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. There are plenty of dining options, besides Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse, next to Sheraton hotel’s secret courtyard-garden on Queen: facing Shangri-la (for afternoon tea if Fairmont is fully booked). If you’re adverse to cold weather…practically never exposing your face to the elements, this could be the PATH for you. Strolling underground, downtown, how could anyone go wrong in a city like Toronto?!
Written August 27, 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The path offers great sheltering during the cold and snowy winter. I was able to avoid getting wet and cold by navigating the city via the path.
Written August 20, 2023
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mroyster81
Buffalo, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very convenient getting from hotel to train to stores. Lots of places to eat. Saves you from the outdoor elements. Many options
Written August 10, 2023
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