The Gladstone is bringing back the neighbourhood map. Every month we’ll be launching a new map that features a guided walk through part of the west end, celebrating everything from food to history. We started in June by publishing a Pride Map featuring a hand-picked mix of queer-owned businesses and Pride month events.
Now, July’s map highlights how to spend a summer day while taking in local history, supporting local business, enjoying parks, and getting a taste of some unique eats and treats. We’ll be giving copies of the West End neighbourhood walk out to guests as they check-in to the hotel, and we want to share it with our community too.
WEST QUEEN WEST WALKING TOUR
Welcome to Toronto’s West End! We’ve curated a series of walking tours to show you around town. This neighbourhood walk takes you through three distinct areas—Dundas West, Trinity Bellwoods, and West Queen West—highlighting some local shops and history along the way.
Use it as a guide, but don’t be afraid to go off-course too; there’s always an adventure just around the next corner!
Fix Coffee & Bikes —Start by grabbing a drink at this cozy neighbourhood cafe that also hosts a bike repair shop in the back.
Stephen Bulger Photo Gallery —Make your way up Gladstone Avenue (take note of the classic Toronto Victorian semis) to Dundas to see the work of talented Canadian photographers!
Unboxed Market — BYOBags to this brand new zero waste shop!
Rotate This — Browse your favourite tunes at this classic Toronto record store.
Venezia Bakery — Grab a snack at this staple of the neighbourhood’s Portuguese community!
Artscape Youngplace — A beautiful historic elementary school converted into an arts-incubator, featuring high ceilings, community programs + lots of art on display.
Trinity Bellwoods Park — The original site of U of T’s Trinity College, this park is steeped in history. Try and spot the old university gates, the secret buried bridge, and the original Garrison Creek Ravine!
Queen West, You’ve Changed — Check out this now-famous mural, and explore the gorgeous row or original Victorian buildings on the same block.
Window shop on Queen — From contemporary furniture to scratch baking, these three blocks have it all! Check out what our neighbours have to offer.
Lunch + dinner at the hotel — Drop off your goodies and swing by for a post-excursion bite to eat!
Got ideas for August? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us What you’d like us to highlight and Why you think their story is awesome!