People watching in the park
One of the best people watching vantages in all of Toronto is Yorkville Park. Grab a coffee at Lettieri on the corner of Cumberland and Belair and stroll over to one of the benches (or rocks) in the park. What will unfold in front of you is a steady stream of humanity. Depending on the day and time the scene will vary.
During the weekday you’ll see well-heeled and well coiffed ladies who yoga and lunch. With their thousand dollar handbags and impeccable blow-outs they have bodies that are exercised into admirable shape and teetering on vertiginous heels.
On a Friday or Saturday night you will see a decidedly more flashy segment of Toronto. You’ll see a fairly regular stream of slow moving, showy luxury cars circling the block ever hopeful of scoring a parking spot on Cumberland so they will be seen exiting their vehicles.
Yorkville Park itself is a lovely setting that is worth the visit even without the entertainment factor. It is a series of outdoor “rooms” melding the urban landscape of the city with elements of Canadian wilderness. The award-winning design incorporates Scots Pines growing out of circular concrete benches, crabapple trees under metal arches and a recreated wetland. The focal point has to be the massive granite boulder that was shipped to Toronto in pieces after it was carved out of the Canadian Shield. At 650 tons that’s no small rock.