Need a place to clear your mind? Here are a few mind-bending suggestions to get the psycho-geographic fix you need to beat the winter blahs.
Trip the 501
Yeah, the TTC is a tight squeeze most of the time, but riding the Queen car, the city’s oldest and longest route, is like taking a postcard journey through time – especially the stretch along Lakeshore through old Mimico to Long Branch. It’s a real buzz.
Faze out on the maze
The centrepiece of Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre), the twisty paving-stone labyrinth, is ideal for contemplating the turns of life or just spacing out on your feet.
Incubate your brain
The arboretum at Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural, at Sherbourne and Carlton) is a must stop if those pungent smells of spring are your thing. Now just breathe – deeply.
Not to get religious on your ass, but if your frostbitten soul is in need of a little heat, a quiet sitdown at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields (103 Bellevue, at College), one of the most awe-inspiring examples of neo-Gothic architecture in the city, is a divine retreat.
Ireland Park (at the foot of Bathurst) is one of our most mesmerizing green spaces. Mournful. Secluded. A great place to watch the boats go by on Lake Ontario – or wash away those bone-chilling thoughts with the lapping of the waves.