Caught between tradition and modernity - Running in Toronto, Canada
Over the years, the Canadian city of Toronto managed to gain quite some reputation, it's one of the world's most diverse capitals, where a multicultural and cosmopolitan context allowed business and art to prosper while tradition and modernity don't exclude each other in any way.
But as the years go on especially the city's still pretty unknown skyline gained more and more attention, and it's said that - at least regarding its beauty - it can easily compete with the ones of New York or Hong Kong.
By chance, the city offers to combine having this amazing view while going for your favourite activity - running.
Let us introduce you to some of the city's nicest spots!
Chester Hill Lookout
Starting from the Distillery District, famous for its whiskey production and nowadays home to many of Toronto's finest bars and music clubs, you will proceed on a path through Riverdale Park, under the historic Prince Edward Viaduct and always along the riverside of the Don River.
The sheer magnitude of the area lets you think you are in the middle of nature, while actually still being close to the city centre. Just shortly before arriving at the destination at Chester Hill Lookout, you will be able to gaze at Toronto's beautiful skyline. The distance is about 7.3 kilometres long.
Even though this track is only about 5 kilometres long, running between the two checkpoints Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island might be shorter but at least as beautiful. Going past a 200-year-old Lighthouse, you will admire the stunning nature all the time.
The island is accessible by taking a 13-minute trip on a ferry and offers plenty of opportunities to take great pictures.
Leslie Street Spit
Especially popular among Toronto's locals is the artificial peninsula by the name of Leslie Street Spit, offering plenty running and biking tracks for every visitor.
Here you'll also find the Tommy Thompson Park, were besides enjoying a breathtaking view of the skyline you might also go for Bird Watching since the area is home to a lively wildlife.
This place offers a variety of running tracks but something that every visitor has to experience is walking on the shaky Floating Bridge that leads you to the last part of the area.
Close to Toronto Islands, the city opened yet another green area not too long ago. It's rather small compared to the previously mentioned spots, but was perfectly designed for any sports activity. The park includes plains as well as small hills, from which you'll enjoy once more Toronto's elegant shape. This place is particularly popular during Sunset and Sunrise, so getting there a bit earlier is advised to catch a nice spot! By the way, Trillium Park is super close to the city centre which makes it worth a short visit as well.
Your VirtualRunners Family
The wonderful city of Toronto is calling! Together with our friends from the Canadian metropolis, we invite you to the Skyline Run. Participate wherever you live. Run the 5K, 10K, half marathon, or your marathon and get to know the highlights of Toronto and runners from our Canadian community and receive your beautiful Maple Leaf medal!
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