The flashy urban scene of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square is reminiscent of New York City’s Times Square. More than 56 million people visit this iconic spot every year, making it one of the busiest intersections in Canada. This is where you find glowing billboards, Eaton Centre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, and great spots to people-watch.
Yonge-Dundas Square is a one-acre (half-hectare)outdoor space centered around the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets. There is always something going on, from free concerts to cultural celebrations to yoga and more. Dancing fountains and giant digital signs draw visitors, as do Toronto’s famous shopping mall, Eaton Centre, and several other leading Ontario businesses. Visit Yonge-Dundas as part of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or as part of a group tour of the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Yonge-Dundas Square is a great stop for shoppers.
- Access free Wi-Fi throughout the square.
- Explore this area by hop-on-hop-off tour bus and you can see multiple Toronto sites without the hassle of driving and parking.
How to Get There
Yonge-Dundas Square is at the center of downtown Toronto. By car, take the Gardiner Expressway to Yonge Street, and head north until you reach Dundas. There are some paid parking lots, but they can be difficult to find and pricy. Walking or taking public transit is recommended. By public transportation, take the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line to Dundas Station.
When to Get There
Spring and fall are great seasons for visiting Toronto and taking advantage of the mild weather. Kids and adults splash around in the square’s iconic fountains, turned on from mid-April to mid-October. Check city event listings for upcoming programming at Yonge-Dundas, such as free concerts, yoga classes, and films.
All About the Street Performers
One of the signature entertainment options in this area is the buskers and street performers that crowd Yonge-Dundas Square, showing off their talents in return for tips. Street performers have a long tradition in Toronto, and they participate in the annual Toronto International Buskerfest happening on Labor Day weekend each year.