I take the subway under the Bloor Street Viaduct pretty much five days a week. In the winter time it’s hard to miss the long, winding stairway that leads down the hill towards the Don Valley. And every time I do, I wonder how the heck you get to it.
After looking all over for the staircase after work I finally happened upon a path around the side of Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and made my way down under the viaduct itself. If you thought the bridge was impressive from up top, try standing underneath it. It’s marvellous.
And the stairs themselves get you just far enough away from Bloor Street and not quite close enough to the Bayview Extension that you forget you’re in Toronto around the midway point. A dense canopy of brush and trees keeps it cool and quiet.
It was a nice little break from the hectic week I’ve had and I’m glad I finally made it down there.