“THE TROUBLE WITH OAKLAND IS WHEN YOU GET THERE, THERE’S NO THERE THERE” – GERTRUDE STEIN

<Gertrude Stein by Picabia, 1933>

I wonder if Ms. Stein (1874-1946, novelist, poet, playwright) would say the same thing about the Shops at DON MILLS situated in the suburban vastness of TORONTO’s North York. Developer Cadillac-Fairview replaced a standard shopping mall here with a town centre laid out around a central square with art by Douglas Coupland. Not your typical shopping centre in these parts.

Don Mills town centre is home to 72 top-of-the-line shops, restaurants, pubs, a cinema, chocolate shop, coffee bars – and amazingly FREE parking. The streets are spotlessly clean, but the Parisian funkiness Gertrude Stein loved so much is nowhere in sight.

Year ‘round Aggie Hogg Gardens – named after a former resident, storekeeper, postmaster and the daughter of early settler John Hogg – is the centre of the Centre.

To reach Don Mills by public transit take the #54 Lawrence A or B bus eastbound from Eglinton station to The Donway. It takes about an hour.

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