Since I moved to my new apartment I have been walking to work. There are days when it’s really cold outside, so I’m thankful that Toronto has an underground walkway called the “PATH”. I’ve talked to people who live in Toronto who have never heard of the PATH, so I wanted to share some quick facts on it for those readers who are in the Toronto area, or who may visit Toronto some day.
- According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex with 27 km (16 miles) of shopping arcades. It has 371,600 sq. metres (4 million sq. ft) of retail space.
- It links public transit and accomodates more than 100,000 daily commuters.
- More than 50 buildings/office towers are connected through PATH. Twenty parking garages, five subway stations, two major department stores, six major hotels, and a railway terminal are also accessible through PATH.
- The first underground path in Toronto originated in 1900 when the T Eaton Co. joined its main store at 178 Yonge St. and its bargain annex by tunnels. By 1917 there were five tunnels in the downtown core. With the opening of Union Station in 1927, an underground tunnel was built to connect it to the Royal York Hotel (now known as the Fairmont Royal York). The real growth of PATH began in the 1970s when a tunnel was built to connect the Richmond-Adelaide and Sheraton Centres.