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Welcome to Financial District

The Financial District was originally planned as New Town in 1796 as an extension of The Town of York. It is the main financial district in Toronto, and is the financial heart of Canada. The district's origins date back to the mid to late 19th century when a number of early banks had head offices located in Toronto. Most of these banks were regional and came and went. It was not until the second half of the 20th century that the Big Five banks located their headquarters there.
 
Since the 1960’s, the skyscrapers of the Financial District have defined the city skyline, with towering buildings designed by some of the world’s most famous architects, including I.M. Pei (Commerce Court West), Santiago Calatrava (Allan Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place), and Mies van der Rohe (Toronto Dominion Centre). The area is also home to the city’s largest collection of publicly accessible art, found in courtyards, parks and on the streets.
 
It is the most densely built-up area of Toronto, home to numerous banking companies, corporate headquarters, high-powered legal and accounting firms, insurance companies and stockbrokers. Much of this district is connected by a system of underground walkways, known as PATH, which is lined with retail establishments making the area one of the most important shopping districts in Toronto.
 
Transport links are centered on Union Station at the south end of the Financial District, which is the hub of the GO Transit system that provides commuter rail and bus links to the suburbs.
 
 

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