Canada has millions of streets, but some are more important than others. Have you ever wondered what the most important streets in Canada are? If not, then it is time to know your streets – the most important streets in Canada. The importance of a street is determined by factors such as; its history, the value of the properties on that particular street to a city or a nation, and other factors.
The streets listed below are very well done by Canadians and internationally. They define the Canadian “identity” and play a major role in the political, economic, social and entertainment of Canada.
Note: As you go through the list, it will become very apparent that this list is dominated by streets in the province of Ontario… which is an accurate reflection of the dominance the province of Ontario has on the Canadian economy, finance, culture and entertainment. It was not easy, we looked at streets across the enter country and these are our top 10.
1. Sussex Drive – Ottawa, Ontario
Hands down the most important street in all of Canada. Every time there is a state visit, the street is adorned in both the Canadian and visiting nation’s flag. Sussex is home to many important buildings, but to name a few – the prime minister of Canada and the Governor General both live here. The Canada Revenue Agency calls it home, and right next door is the United States embassy and right next to the US embassy is the National Gallery of Canada. Next to the gallery is the Royal Canadian Mint, which is responsible for all the coins in your pocket and for about 80 different countries. The are other embassies, stores, a monument, and so much more.
2. Wellington Street – Ottawa, Ontario
Not far behind is Wellington Street for obvious reasons. A very close second; it is home to the federal government – the Parliament buildings. It’s also home to the following; the prime minister of Canada’s office, the Bank of Canada‘s headquarters – where all the banknotes in your wallet are made. It is also home to the Supreme Court of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, and many other iconic and important buildings.
3. Bay Street – Toronto, Ontario
Ottawa has the first two spots, but Bay Street is Canada’s economic engine and our version of the American’s Wall Street. It is the “who is who” of Canadian business and enterprise. It is Toronto’s financial center and the hub of Canada’s financial industry. If you want to know what it’s like to experience Canadian financial success at the very highest levels, then take a stroll on Bay Street because we have no doubt that you will be inspired.
4. Yonge St – Toronto, Ontario
If Toronto was the capital city of Canada, Yonge St would easily be top 3. It is the longest street in North America and has been designated an Event of National Historic Significance in Canada. Among the many important buildings in Toronto, it is home to Yonge-Dundas Square, the Eaton Centre shopping mall, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
5. King St – Toronto, Ontario
King St is a commercial and also Toronto’s entertainment district. If you have ever wondered where Canada’s Walk of Fame is, you will find it on King St. What can you find here? The Toronto Stock Exchange, First Canadian Place (Bank of Montreal’s global headquarters) – the tallest skyscraper in Canada, Scotia Plaza – the 3rd tallest skyscraper in Canada as well as the Toronto–Dominion Centre.
6. Saint Laurent Boulevard – Montreal, Quebec
One of the most beautiful and charming streets in Canada. It is one of the oldest streets in North America and is the cultural and entertainment hub of Montreal. It has been designated as a National Historic Site Of Canada. Saint Laurent has it all – restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, art galleries, and much, much more. Notable properties include Théâtre Espace Go.
7. Robson St – Vancouver, British Columbia
Located in the heart of Vancouver is Robson Street, one of the most famous streets in Canada. It is expensive to shop on Robson, but you are getting the best of the best. If you are into Asian cuisine, then there is a plethora of Asian restaurants waiting for you at Robson. With over 100 shopping, entertainment, dinning, etc options… you will find it all here.
8. Rue Saint-Jean – Quebec City, Quebec
Saint Jean Street in Quebec city is one of the most popular streets in the enter province of Quebec and attracts tourists from all over the world. It’s European feel, charming shops, restaurants… makes it a must visit whenever you are in Quebec city. You can feel the history as you take a stroll on this legendary street. We are proud to have it in our top 10.
9. Dundas St – Toronto, Ontario
Toronto would not be the same without Dundas Street. It is a major road that connects Toronto to multiple cities as well as some of its suburbs. Dundas is home to Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest art galleries in all of North America and also shares Yonge-Dundas Square with Yonge St.
10. Rideau St – Ottawa, Ontario
Located right next to the famous Byward Market… Rideau St may be number 10 on this list, but it is one of the oldest streets in Canada and the most famous street in Ottawa, almost everyone in the city and country knows about Rideau St, even if you have never been to downtown Ottawa. It is home to the legendary Château Laurier, the Government Conference Centre, Rideau shopping Mall, and others.