Many of us are familiar with the idiom “stop and smell the roses” but what if that is actually something you can do, with hundreds of flowers? Well, that’s precisely what you can experience in Yorkville between August 4-8 when Fleur de Villes is set up. What is Fleur de Villes you say? Well Bike Share Toronto community, it is 35 instalments scattered around Yorkville by some of Ontario’s top florists, running for the second year in a row! So step up your Instagram game, grab a Bike Share Toronto Bike and let’s hit the road in this edition of Popular Routes!
Start your adventure near Bloor subway station, where you will find the beginning of your magical floral experience. Steps away is the ever-popular Korean Grill House– stop in and show off your grilling skills with some all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for a fun date night, or hanging out with friends . Don’t worry if you eat too much (we know WE would), your closest station is just a short walk away at Bay St & Bloor St West or Bay St & Bloor St East. From there continue the ride to the next stop at Queen’s Park & Bloor St.
Upon dropping off your bike, you will be greeted by the Church of the Redeemer and its floral doors done by Nymph Floral. Beautiful flowers and Gothic Revival architecture – can you say #InstaModel? Once you’re done with your photo shoot, you must be parched and exhausted, so go to B Espresso Bar, located in the Royal Conservatory of Music. If you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to hear some of the students of the Glenn Gould School practicing in the hallways. Coffee and a show, can it get any better?
Once done, start the route up again from our Queen’s Park & Bloor St station and head over to Bay St & Scollard St via Yorkville Ave. On the way, you’ll be blown away with instalments such as Floral Stairs by Flowers by Kata and The Kit Swing at Hazelton Hotels by RZY Rosalie Villanueva.
We don’t know about you, but after a full day of art and culture, we can’t imagine a better way to end it than with chicken fingers from Jack Astor’s at Yonge and Bloor. Go ahead; we know it’s everyone’s guilty pleasure. Dock your bike where you started, and good luck trying to find just one photo to post to social media
Enjoy the adventure with Bike Share Toronto, and download the PBSC app on your smartphone to see what experiences are waiting for you. Don’t forget to tag us wherever your bike may take you! #BikeShareTO