Toronto Eaton Centre – Toronto’s Top Tourist Attraction, Information and Location

Visit Toronto Eaton Centre – Information An Location of This Great Attraction in Toronto

The Eaton Centre is much more than a shopping mall, it is considered by many to be a historic landmark in Canada. The Centre welcomes over a million visitors per week and is without a doubt Toronto’s Top Tourist Attraction.
It is located on the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, which is at the heart of Toronto’s busy and vibrant downtown. Toronto’s subway line, PATH, runs right through the centre providing great accessibility to its visitors.


 

History of the Toronto Eaton Centre

The idea for the building started with Eatons, once Canada’s largest department store chain that went bankrupt in 1999. Eaton wanted to make better use of its downtown locale and to replace its aging original store. This idea led to the construction, in the late 70’s of this Toronto Tourist Attraction Landmark.

Design

Its main architect, Eberhard Zeidler, based its revolutionary design on Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, located in Milan, Italy. Its Italian-influenced design features multi-levels and vaulted glass-ceilings, and certainly offer numerous spectacular and impressive sights.

Design Influences

Although there was significant criticism surrounding the building of a shopping mall/centre of this type, this design has proven to be a success. In fact, the architectural design and construction have subsequently influenced a great number of other shopping malls built throughout North America.

Special Features

One of the most artistic features of the Toronto Eaton Centre is the fiberglass sculpture named Flight Stop by artist Michael Snow, of a flock of Canadian geese that hangs from the ceiling.
Also noteworthy is that due to significant protests against the planned demolition of two historic buildings, the centre was built around two other historic landmarks Toronto’s Old City Hall and Holy Trinity Church.

Shopping

The Toronto Eaton Centre spans over two city blocks, and is the third largest shopping centre in Canada and the largest shopping mall in Toronto. It not only features a four-level shopping centre, but also houses an 18-screen Cineplex and three award-winning office towers.

The four-story shopping centre houses over 230 retail shops, numerous restaurants, and two food courts. In addition to the expected offerings stores selling clothing and footwear, shoppers will also find electronics, health and beauty, leather and luggage, jewelry, photography, cards, stationery and gifts, toys, hobbies and pets, sporting goods, books, as well as house wares, home furnishings and décor. There is also a pharmacy and several department stores, as well as the expected fast food restaurants.


Retailers

Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, and Eddie Bauer, as well as Foot Locker, The Gap, Hallmark, Old Navy and Pottery Barn.

When hunger or thirst strike, you have the option of coffee from Starbucks, a Mrs. Field’s cookie, a Jugo Juice or a burger from McDonalds, or enjoying a sit-down meal at Eggspectations…and that’s just the beginning of the food and drink options.

Future Plans

The Toronto Eaton Centre has experienced redevelopments throughout its history and in June 2010, the Cadillac Fairview development company announced a $120 million dollar renovation project. Cadillac Fairview is the company that originally partnered with Eaton’s to build the centre. The renovation will take over two years and will revitalize and further expand the mall.

The Toronto Eaton Centre is a reflection of Toronto’s urban life and diversity and is a ‘must see’ not only for shopping enthusiasts but also for visitors who simply wish to appreciate the artistry and design of the centre.

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