The Garden District is home to a number of prominent educational institutions and tourist attractions.
Yonge Street serves as the neighborhood’s western boundary, as well as its main shopping and dining area. Queen Street, Dundas Street and Carlton Street serve as east-west thoroughfares, and are also lined with numerous local businesses. Ryerson University is located in the heart of the Garden District, making this area popular with both students and professors. In the neighborhood’s far northeast corner lies the park that gives the area its name. Containing plant life from all over the world, the glass-enclosed Allan Gardens is open year-round. In the southwest, Yonge-Dundas Square and the adjacent CF Eaton Centre attract large crowds no matter the time of day.
Transportation in the Garden District
The #501 Queen, #505 Dundas and #506 Carlton streetcars provide frequent service along all of the neighborhood’s main east-west streets. All three routes offer transfers to subway stations on Line 1 Yonge-University, which runs along the district’s western edge. Bus service is also available on Sherbourne Street, with connections available to Line 2 Bloor-Danforth at the route’s northern terminus. Cyclists can take advantage of a protected bike lane along Sherbourne, which runs north to Bloor Street East and south to Queen’s Quay. For drivers, the Don Valley Parkway is a short distance to the east, and is accessible via entrances at Queen and Dundas Streets.