When you’ve had your fill of serious shopping on Bloor and long for a breath of fresh air, take heart, one of the most serene little spots in Toronto is just up the street. 

 

Nestled between the spectacular ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) “Crystal” expansion and the equally spectacular extension of The University of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music lies the remains of Taddle Creek, now known as the ravine pathway of Philosopher’s

 

Walk.  Tall stone pillars capped with majestic iron lanterns mark the entrance.

   And as my dog, Jenny, knows, two steps in, it is a totally different world, one she can’t wait to explore. 

 

In the mood for a latte or espresso?  Pop into the Conservatory  cafe,  just up the

 

stone steps on the right, pick up one

to go and start your brief but contemplative stroll. 
Along the curving path you’ll

pass students, painters, photographers, cyclists, runners and locals with their dogs, all drinking in the magic of this wonderful hidden space.  The inviting benches lining each side of the path are dedicated to the many Toronto citizens who made Philospher’s

 

Walk a part of their daily lives.  Peek into the windows of the Conservatory on your right and you’re likely to see the musicians of our future passionately readying for their world stage debut.  Further up, on the right, resting on a point where a number of paths intersect, 

lies, as the plaque reads “ a natural gathering place for students and others from all walks of life”. 

It’s the Amphitheatre designed to be an acoustically vibrant venue for informal

 

lectures and live performances.  When not in use, it serves as a quiet place to study, reflect and meditate. 

 

To the left is the Edward Johnson building, home to MacMillan Theatre and Walter Hall.  Continue your stroll and you’ll come to a “Y” in the path to the left you’ll wind your way to the southern gate and to your right, you’ll discover the magnificent stone structure known as Trinity College.    What’s next?  A calming walk through the grounds of Queens Park, a

historical stroll through St. Michael’s College or back to the street and a walk through Harbord Street, lined with quirky book stores and interesting cafes.  We’ll talk more about these areas in our next blog