King Street (Toronto)

King Street (Toronto)

King Street is a major east-west commercial thoroughfare in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The street was named after King George III, the reigning British monarch at the time the street was being built in early Toronto (then called the Town of York).

It runs from The Queensway, splitting off to the south-east at Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue in the west, to the Don River where it ends at Queen St. in the east. Unofficially King Street crossed the Don at an abandoned steel and concrete bridge. On the west side the roadway is now Eastern Avenue and Cypress Street. East of the Don, a short stretch begins as Sunlight Park Road and then as Eastern Avenue to Kingston Road.

Yonge Street, the north-south divider of many Toronto east-west streets, divides King Street into King Street East and King Street West.

King Street is also served along its entire length by the Toronto Transit Commission's 504 King streetcar, the busiest line in the fleet with an average of 50,000 passengers per day. It connects with the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line at St. Andrew Station at University Avenue, and at King Station at Yonge Street. It connects with the Bloor-Danforth subway line at Dundas West and Broadview stations. The street is also served by the 508 Lake Shore car.

In recent years there has been a proliferation of chic restaurants, clubs and galleries in the area (such as West, Brant House, Susur, Senses Bar and Restaurant, Thuet Cuisine, Lux, Old Yorke Pub and Grill, etc.) as King Street West becomes more oriented to Toronto's nightlife crowd, and is near major attractions such as the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome), Air Canada Centre, The Distillery District, Hockey Hall of Fame, Roy Thomson Hall, Hummingbird Centre, St. Lawrence Market and the historic King Edward Hotel.

Canada's Walk of Fame runs along King Street from John Street to Simcoe Street and south on Simcoe. It is a tribute in granite to Canadians who have gained fame in the fields of music, literature, journalism, dance, sports, acting, entertainment and broadcasting.

King Street East is predominantly known as the high-end, luxury furniture district of downtown Toronto, with dozens of stores on King Street and in the surrounding area.

Popular attractions along King Street include:

* Roy Thomson Hall
* St. James' Cathedral (Toronto) (Anglican Church)
* St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
* Canada's Walk of Fame
* Princess of Wales Theatre - owned by theatre giant Ed and David Mirvish
* Royal Alexandra Theatre - owned by theatre giant Ed and David Mirvish
* "Toronto Sun Building"
* King Edward Hotel

Office towers on King:
* Toronto Stock Exchange
* Toronto-Dominion Centre
* First Canadian Place
* BCE Place
* Commerce Court, including the historic Commerce Court North

Neighbourhoods
* Parkdale (at Dunn)
* Liberty Village (at Dufferin)
* Trinity Niagara (at Bathurst)
* Entertainment District (at John)
* Fashion District (at Spadina)
* Financial District (at Bay)
* St. Lawrence ("not actually on King" but south of King at Jarvis)
* Old Town of York (at Parliament)
* Corktown (at Cherry)


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