There is one square city-block right across the street that is the epicentre of Toronto’s “Entertainment District”.
It is now home to Bell Canada’s Lightbox Theatre and the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival sits there as well.
A “Festival Theatre” high-rise condominium towers (40 stories plus) has been erected (above the Festival Theatre HQ), a second tower is under construction and a third is set to begin being built this summer.
First the popular Corned Beef House (just kitty-corner from the hostel) was razed to make way for Tower #2 and now the venerable “Fox and Fiddle” is closing tonight so Tower #3 can be built.
The “Fox” has been the hostel’s “Local” for as long as we have been open and it was the rare backpacker who didn’t raise a pint or try the excellent chicken wings in the two-story Public House.
Such is the cost of progress. When Tower #2 (presently a big hole in the ground) rises to it’s full height, it will obscure the hostel’s spectacular view of the CN Tower, just three blocks to the south.
But all is not lost.
The ever-popular Corned Beef House has relocated just one block east of it’s former home and still makes their excellent (and enormous) sandwiches at reasonable prices. (We recommend the Montreal Smoked Meat!)
A new pub called The Town Crier has opened on John Street (right beside the CBH) to fill the void of the departing Fox. The Crier has more than 50 types of beer and ale on tap and like the Fox is a two story eatery.
It is slightly more elegant and upscale than the aging Fox but still reasonably priced for a “downtown public-house”. And their draft beer selection is superb.
True, we will lose our view of Toronto’s landmark CN Tower. Nonetheless, it will still always be only three blocks south of our hostels doors.