Writer and transit nut James Bow has disproven a cherished Toronto myth, that Yonge Street is the longest street in the world.
It was a tourist touchstone for Toronto that its main commercial strip, running up the centre of the city from Lake Ontario to the northern boundary and beyond, was the longest street in the world. The world record entry stood alongside the CN Tower’s title as the world’s tallest freestanding structure, and most people never questioned it. Yonge Street, we claimed, ran all the way into Northern Ontario before curving west to Thunder Bay and Kenora, before ending (1896 kilometres later) at the Minnesota border near Rainy River.
After some research Bow concludes that Yonge street actually turns into Highway 11 and thus not the same street. Also he argues that streets are slightly different than highways, which aren’t livable and would allow for the inclusion of the US extensive highway system to challenge for the title of world’s longest street.
So how long is Yonge? 56 km according to Bow’s calculations and he’ll be driving up the length of the road. Stay tuned for more.