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Dangers & Annoyances

  • By North American standards, Toronto is a safe city in which to live and visit, but don't be complacent.
  • It's not a brilliant idea for women to walk alone after dark around Parliament and Jarvis Sts at the intersections with Carlton, Dundas St E and Queen St E, particularly around Allan Gardens and George St – and probably not a good idea during the day, either.
  • The Entertainment District can get messy with drunken fools after midnight.


Many social service agencies have shut their doors in recent years, creating a tide of homeless, often mentally ill, people on the streets – a real problem for Toronto. Most are more likely to be assaulted themselves, than to do so to you. Spare a thought for what their lives must be like in winter as you contemplate the 700-plus names of those who have perished on Toronto's streets since 1985 at the Toronto Homeless Memorial. It's outside the Church of the Holy Trinity.



SOS Femmes French-language crisis line for women.

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre