At 1,896 kilometers (1178 miles), Yonge Street was listed in the 1977 Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest street. Historian Jay Myers chronicled its 210 year history in his book “The Great Canadian Road.” Gordon Lightfoot sang about it in his single “On Yonge Street.” Yet despite its cultural, historic and economic importance to Canada, Yonge street is not well known outside of Toronto.
What began as an Indian footpath between Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe became a lifeline that connects people from Canada’s largest city (Toronto) to tiny towns on the edge of wilderness with names like Moonbeam and Swastika. From the rush hour traffic in Toronto to the Port of Thunder Bay on Lake Superior, it links miners, lumberjacks, trappers, vacationers, hunters, sailors, natives, farmers and enough unique Canadian history, culture and geography to capture the imagination of people everywhere. It is truly Canada’s “main” street.