While Dundas Square contains some of Toronto's most important places of worship, the biggest shrine here is devoted to consumerism. The Eaton Centre opened its doors in 1977, transforming Yonge Street from a tavern-lined, seedy street, into a tavern-lined, seedy street with a gigantic shopping mall. Actually, the mall paved the way for many other commercial enterprises in the area and also served as a model for a new breed of upmarket shopping centres across North America. Its offspring have outpaced it, and the Eaton is looking a bit dated these days.
The complex stretches a full block from Dundas to Queen Streets. At the south end, on the upper floors, look up at the sculpture Flight Stop by local artist Michael Snow. The flock of life-sized Canada geese (swooping down through the upper five storeys of the atrium) was created by affixing hand-tinted photographs on to fibreglass sculptures.
There are about 300 stores, restaurants and services in the mall. Eaton's, the flagship store, no longer exists (it declared bankruptcy in 1999). Sears Canada Inc bought the chain and changed the name.