King Street is a major east-west thoroughfare in downtown Toronto. It was named after King George III, the reigning British monarch at the time the street was being built in early Toronto (then called the Town of York). Yonge Street, the north-south divider of many Toronto east-west streets, divides King Street into King Street East and King Street West.
King Street is also served along its entire length by the Toronto Transit Commission’s 504 King streetcar route, the busiest line in the fleet with an average of 50,000 passengers per day. It connects with the Yonge–University–Spadina subway line at St. Andrew Station at University Avenue, and at King Station at Yonge Street. It connects with the Bloor–Danforth subway line at Dundas West and Broadview stations. The street is also served by the 508 Lakeshore car.
King West runs through the city’s Financial District at Bay Street, the Entertainment District, including many of Toronto’s leading nightclubs and theatres, the Fashion District at Spadina Avenue, Liberty Village at Dufferin Street and Parkdale — which includes some of the city’s leading underground arts venues such as the Gladstone Hotel.
Within the past decade, the western segment of King (between University and Bathurst) has seen a proliferation of chic restaurants, a bevy of new condo development projects, clubs and galleries in the area (such as Cobra, Weslodge, Susur, Senses Bar and Restaurant, Old Yorke Pub and Grill, etc.) as King Street West becomes more oriented to Toronto’s nightlife crowd, and is near major attractions such as the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), Air Canada Centre, the Distillery District, Hockey Hall of Fame, Roy Thomson Hall, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Lawrence Market and the historic King Edward Hotel.
- 504 King Streetcar serves the entire length of King Street West and East
- 508 Lakeshore Streetcar operates during rush hour
- St. Andrew Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line
- King Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line
- Along the length of King Street West, the TTC buses or street cars running north-south along Yonge, Bay, Spadina, Bathurst, Dufferin, Lansdowne and Roncesvalles all intersect with King
- Orde Street Junior Public School, 18 Orde Street, 416-393-1900
- Ogden Junior Public School, 33 Phoebe Street, 416-393-9110
- Niagara Street Junior Public School, 222 Niagara Street, 416-393-1371
- Givins/Shaw Junior Public School, 49 Givins Street, 416-393-1240
- Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Junior and Senior Public School, 108 Gladstone Avenue, 416-393-9140
- Queen Victoria Junior Public School, 100 Close Avenue, 416-393-9200
- Ryerson Community School, 96 Denison Avenue, 416-393-1340