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
Nestled between the spectacular ROM (
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.
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
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
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.