Union Station

Get your heart rate up in the heart of city

Urban

Beginner-friendly

< 2 hours

Use this 4.5km route around Toronto’s Union Station to get a quick run in before your train or to help map out your next staycation. This run takes you along some major roadways, down to the harbourfront and through a few parks – a great route to sample the downtown core.

Union Station

Union Station, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Planning your run

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Head to the water

Start this 4.5km run in front of Union Station and head south down Bay Street to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. From there, head west along the Waterfront Trail and keep an eye out for one of the first landmarks you’ll see along your run: the Kajama tall ship, a traditional 165-ft, three-masted former cargo schooner. Built in 1930, this ship spent 70 years sailing throughout western Europe, Scandinavia and above the Arctic Circle. Snap a pic of this impressive schooner, just in front of the Harbourfront Centre, before you head back north towards the downtown core.

Get in some intervals

The boardwalk along the Toronto Harbour is a great place to practice fartleks or interval training. If one stretch is busy, just pop over to the adjacent pathway. Alternatively, you can use the city blocks for these exercises. It helps the time pass quickly on the short stints between lights.

Break for a brew

If you’re a fan of pilsner, pop in for a sampler at Steam Whistle Brewery as you make your way north through Roundhouse Park (or stop in for post-run rehydration). Even if a mid-run brew isn’t for you, it’s still worth passing through to check out the architecture that houses this iconic Toronto brewery: a historic brick railway roundhouse.

 

Take a minute for a quick breather under the CN Tower; from the base of the tower you can see the Rogers Centre. If it’s summertime and the dome is open, that means the Blue Jays are in town.

Run for the bun

Round out your run by stopping in at Maman Bakery located in First Canadian Place. The large outdoor patio is a major highlight in the summertime. This café has French roots which means top-notch baked goods and a joie de vivre. Stopping by first thing in the morning? Savour a croissant and coffee before heading on home. Early evening run instead? Enjoy the après-midi menu.

 

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