After the Avonshire training session, I had to run a quick errand near Hullmark Centre so I decided I might as well snap photos of the Yonge/Sheppard neighbourhood (located a block north of Avonshire’s Sales Office). Although I live in the east end, you’ll have a better chance finding me here on a day off, since I just love the food and entertainment the area offers. Shops are all lined up on Yonge Street, so you can easily park the car and spend an entire day walking around. For lunch, countless dining options available will satisfy whatever mood you’re in. It’s quite common to see Korean, Indian, and Mediterranean restaurants lined up next to each other within metres apart.
In terms of entertainment, the Toronto Centre for the Arts is known for housing productions like Jersey Boys and Sunset Boulevard. From Sheppard Centre (which has over 70 shops), a five-minute walk north on Yonge Street will lead you to North York Centre, which contains more indoor shops and an Empire Theatres. The Toronto Salsa Dance Studio opened its doors on the second level a couple years ago, and with glass doors surrounding its parameters you can always expect to pass by a group of dancers mid-routine.
In the summertime, Mel Lastman Square (across the street from North York Centre) is a perfect retreat for picnics, conveniently tucked away from busy traffic on the main street. North York Central Library is right next door, so you’ll often see people bringing library books out to read by the fountain or the large pool. With the addition of hot dog vendors and occasional events like Canada Day Fireworks, Mel Lastman Square is the uptown version of downtown’s Nathan Phillips Square. Other events include Sunday Serenades jazz concerts and a farmer’s market.
The neighbourhood of Yonge/Sheppard is a neat commercial area surrounded by a bustling business sector, with offices for Nestlé and Proctor & Gamble visible in the skyline. Condo high-rises are rapidly developing in the area, coinciding with the opening of the Sheppard Subway Station. Over 16,000 units of new housing are either under construction or were built in the past decade. It’s definitely exciting to see all the changes happening before our eyes and to anticipate those occurring in the near future.