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November 29, 2010


Toronto’s Exceptional Shopping Districts are a top Holiday Draw for Visitors
 
Toronto, ON (November 29, 2010) – Retail therapy is one of the leading prescriptions this season in Toronto, with unique and one-of-a-kind shopping districts, international designer boutiques and local designer showcases. 
 
As the home of well-known Canadian designers, premium shopping destinations and LG Fashion Week, where designers reveal the latest trends from their fall and spring collections, Toronto is known as the fashion capital of Canada. The city offers numerous shopping districts, each with its own distinct style and signature stores.
 
With the holiday season approaching, Toronto is a prominent destination for those seeking an exceptional shopping experience. For an insider’s guide to Toronto, visit www.seetorontonow.com, which includes a calendar of events, theatre performances, shopping destinations and hotel deals. Top Toronto Shopping Districts include:
 
Bloor-Yorkville
Yorkville has just completed the Bloor Street Transformation Project. It’s time to rediscover and enjoy a fabulous shopping and entertainment district. This glorious and green transformation spans Bloor Streetfrom Church to Avenue Road. Bloor-Yorkville has enhanced its reputation as Canada’s premiere shopping district, with the completion of the Bloor Street Transformation Project.
 
The $20 million project  brings broad granite sidewalks to Canada’s “Mink Mile”, along with adding 134 beautiful London Plane trees, planted in innovative and sustainable soil cell systems, to promote optimal growth,  seasonal flowerbeds and attractive up-lighting for each tree. Bike rings and benches are installed east of Yonge Street, with more to come in spring 2011, west of Yonge Street, along with trees and plantings.

Considered the most exclusive shopping district in Toronto, Bloor-Yorkville offers trendsetters upscale designer boutiques such as Prada, Chanel, Harry Rosen, Escada and Louis Vuitton as well as fine jewelers like Cartier, Birks and Tiffany and Co.  Visitors can shop the world’s most prestigious brands in fashion, cosmetics and accessories under one roof at Holt Renfrew, the luxury retailer’s flagship and largest store. For opulent accessories, drop by Jeanne Lottie's store for chic and fun handbags, while Augustina's offers unique jewelry, cashmeres, fragrances and lingerie. Hazelton Lanes, an upscale shopping complex, showcases more than 60 boutiques with street style fashion and high-end designer brands.  Yorkville’s Bloor Street retail strip has recently been revamped after a two-year streetscape renovation, resulting in beautiful, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks to accommodate more visitors.  In the midst of Toronto high-rises and boutiques resides Yorkville Park, a unique courtyard with gardens, trees, benches and a 650-tonne hunk of granite cut out of the Canadian Shield. Yorkville also has dozens of delightful restaurants, cafes and art galleries affirming its status as one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods.
 
Fashion District/Chinatown
The Fashion District, also known as the Garment District for its design scene, contains the city’s largest selection of fashion and fabric outlets. It’s perfect for bargain hunting on fabric, leathers, accessories and furs. Local designers often showcase their latest designs in this district, making it comparable to other fashion meccas. The area also has many bridal shops and outlets, ranging from custom-made, original designs to affordable wedding dresses. 
 
The Fashion District begins on Spadina and turns into Chinatown at the corner of Dundas Street West. As the second largest Chinatown in North America, the area boasts an ample selection of oriental shops, fruit and vegetable markets, and authentic Asian cuisine. Dragon City, a shopping complex in the heart of Chinatown, offers a taste of Chinese culture with over 30 stores featuring Asian fashions, electronics and herbal foods.  
 
Queen Street
The most famous shopping attractions are located on Queen Street, which includes several unique shopping districts: 
 
Queen and Yonge, this bustling intersection  is the location of the iconic Toronto Eaton Centre, which boasts more than 300 shops, restaurants and services under its spectacular glass galleria.  Millions of consumers visit the Toronto Eaton Centre each year for its huge selection of shoes, apparel, cosmetics, books, electronics and fine chocolates.  With revitalization plans underway and the opening of highly-anticipated stores like Victoria’s Secret, this shopping destination continues to be a must-see attraction for visitors.  Across the street, shoppers can marvel at the magical holiday window displays outside of The Bay. This department store is the flagship and therefore, the largest with about 1,000,000 square feet of apparel, accessories and home goods. The Bay now includes a newly renovated department on its third floor called The Room, which exhibits over 100 Canadian and American high-end designer clothing labels. For decades, The Hudson's Bay Company at Yonge Street and Queen Street present a special Christmas display in their windows to celebrate the holiday season. The City of Toronto has created a special initiative for the holiday season called “Window Wonderland”. This year, the Bay has five windows along Queen Street showing families, small towns, merchants and Santa Claus and his elves celebrate Christmas by decorating their Christmas trees, sitting by an open fire in their homes, singing Christmas Carols or having a feast. Popular clothing stores, such as Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Payless Shoes and Guess, line Yonge Street nearby.  
 
From famous landmarks to popular stores, Queen Street West is a highly frequented shopping districts in Toronto. Located between University and Spadina, Queen Street West is considered the trendy area with style-conscious shoppers, a sought-after music scene, the historic MuchMusic building, and lavish clubs, bars and restaurants.  This shopper’s paradise offers visitors edgier fashions and accessories with a variety of independent and chain retailers, such as Club Monaco, H & M, Lavish & Squalor and Fashion Crimes. 
 
Toronto’s fashionable Art and Design District, West Queen West (Bathurst Avenue and Niagara Street), is an unforgettable shopping destination populated by multimedia art galleries, vintage stores and chic independent stores.  The area created lots of buzz this summer when popular British chain Topshop made its debut at Jonathan and Olivia, an ultra chic boutique in West Queen West.
 
The Beaches, situated in Queen East, offers plenty of quirky shops, specialty store and antique shopping opportunities.  The area is largely characterized by these independent shops, while offering nearby boardwalks on Lake Ontario’s shoreline. 
 
Kensington Market
Take a break from high-rises, big commercial retailers and department stores by visiting Toronto’s modern-day, bohemian revolution in Kensington Market.  Adjacent to Chinatown, Kensington Market has an eclectic array of independent boutiques, retro shops, used clothing stores, furniture shops, cafes, eateries, specialty shops, and a variety of ethic and organic produce stores.  One-of-a-kind goods can be found browsing through Blue Banana Market, Courage My Love, Bungalow, Good Egg and many others.  The market is also one of the few areas in Canada that features cannabis cafes and products.  
 
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market continues to impress visitors and locals as a lively destination for specialty foods, locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, European delicacies, ice cream, fresh juices and more.  The market, situated in the historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood at Front Street and Jarvis Street, consists of two buildings: North Market and South Market.  The North Market hosts weekly farmer’s markets and antique showcases, while the South Market offersover 50 specialty foods vendors and the St. Lawrence Market Gallery, with exhibits dedicated to Toronto’s history, arts and culture.  
 
Yonge and Eglinton
As a popular area for young professionals, nicknamed “Young and Eligible,” developers designed this uptown shopping district with panache and packed it with shopping opportunities.   Along the Yonge strip, visitors can stroll the sidewalks and pop into specialty shops for books, home decor, stationery, baked treats and clothing.  Head inside the RioCanYonge-Eglinton Centre and indoor shopping concourse for a large selection of popular retailers.  Yonge and Eglinton, located 20minutes away from Union Station via the Yonge subway line, also offers countless restaurants, bars and cafes to suit every palate.
  
Distillery District
With restored Victorian Industrial buildings, brick lined streets and old world ambiance, the historic Distillery District is one of the most beautiful shopping districts in Toronto.   This district boasts a unique and interesting shopping experience with exclusive shops and one-of-a-kind goods from around the world.  Designated as a pedestrian-friendly cultural hub for Toronto, it’s one of the top tourist destinations with art galleries, design studios, unique cafes, fashion boutiques, live theatre, award-winning restaurants and the Mill Street Brewery.
  
PATH - Toronto’s Underground City Shopping District
The old adage “it’s the journey, not the destination” has never been more true when traveling through Toronto’s PATH, the world’s largest underground shopping district.  PATH is more than 6.5 miles long and connects with subway stations, office buildings, major shopping destinations, hotels and other downtown attractions.  This shopping district holds over 1,200 business fashions stores, jewelry boutiques, specialty outlet, cafes and restaurants.
 
Mississauga Square One
There is always something happening at Square One Shopping Centre: Fashion events, contests, fundraising events, community celebrations, Holiday celebrations… Square One Shopping Centre is located at Hwy. 403 and Hurontario Street in Mississauga. It offers over 1.6 million square feet shopping in its 300+stores, including  Apple, Coach, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret and Crate & Barrel. Whole Foods will open summer 2011. Square One Shopping Centre now has Tourist designation status and will be open on six statutory holidays.
 
Vaughan Mills
This fabulous Mall draws savvy shoppers to Vaughan Mills, where a carefully selected mix of factory outlets and concept stores make it a paradise for fashionistas. And for visitors who like to spice up their shopping with action-packed diversions, Vaughan Mills includes tourist and entertainment attractions like Hollywood's Lucky Strike Lanes, the world's largest Pro Hockey Life, Bass Pro Outdoor World and NascarSpeedPark. Luxury shopping for less and bowling a strike on the same day!
 
 
About Tourism Toronto
Tourism Toronto, Toronto’s Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,200 members established to strategically sell and market the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers around the globe.   For more information please visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com.
 
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