I'll be spending a lot of time in Toronto over next year or more, but this ten-day trip from August 23 to September 2 was my first time in the city. Although I didn't have a negative impression of Toronto before my arrival, I was blown away by just how great of a city it is - clean, safe, and impressive in size, activity, and things to do. I miss being home, but if I'm going to be away, this isn't a bad place to be.
Hopefully my photos will do the city justice.
August 23, 2005
My flight departed in the afternoon from Philadelphia, and had me in Toronto just over an hour later.
Cargo ship in the Delaware River just south of Philly
Philadelphia skyline from the southwest
Toronto skyline from the southwest
YYZ: Pearson International Airport
Western Toronto with downtown in the distance
Highrises on the fringes of the city are enough to rival some skylines
Downtown and the 1815 ft. CN Tower, the world's tallest freestanding structure
Downtown above Highway 401, the McDonald-Cartier Freeway
After landing, grabbing a rental car, and driving to the hotel downtown, I jumped out of the room as fast as I could to walk around the city and catch what had been some amazing light. For the most part I missed the peak of it, but walked pretty far anyway...
St. James Cathedral at King and Church
Looking north on Yonge Street from King Street
CN Tower - main observation deck and Skypod
I couldn't resist going up... Downtown from the main deck.
Why stay on the lower deck? Up to the Skypod...
From up here, a passenger train looks like a string
New lakefront development
Lake Ontario. Look at the shadow cast by the CN Tower toward the left side of the photo.
Looking down on near-1000 ft. skyscrapers
Home of the Maple Leafs
Back on the ground, the lakefront residential buildings look great in the setting sun.
Bank of America Building and CN Tower
August 24, 2005
A local friend had an extra invite/ticket to the Ford Modeling Agency's local summer cocktail hour at the Ultra Supper Club's rooftop balcony.
August 25, 2005
Panoramic view from the Ashbridges Bay Water Treatment Plant (scroll right)
We had lunch at The Docks, which offered these views of the skyline and lake.
Panoramic view of the skyline from The Docks (scroll right)
August 27, 2005
Just as I drifted off to sleep around 12:30 tonight, I was shocked out of bed by what seemed to be the loudest alarm clock on the planet. After fumbling with my own alarm in a sleepy stupor, I realized the noise was coming from the hall - fire alarm. "Probably a false alarm," I told myself, and thought about going back to sleep until I smelled smoke. So I grabbed the camera bag to save it (just in case), and snapped some pictures outside to kill time during our hour wait to get back in.
It turns out an elevator motor burnt up and stranded some people inside.
August 29, 2005
Today I had a late lunch at the Ferkin Flatiron (not my first time there), which is at the base of the historic Flatiron Building (shown in the photo below).
Afterwards I walked a good distance up Church Street...
...then cut over to Yonge Street...
... where I was very impressed by the street activity, the variety of shops, and the general energy. This area had tons of characteristics of a great city.
As the sunlight waned I ventured west on Elm Street...
...then curved to the south on Elizabeth Street
Nathan Philips Square
Toronto City Hall
One King West (back left, 578 ft, 2005), Scotia Plaza (center, 902 ft, 1988, #2 in city),
Commerce Court West (right, 788 ft, 1972, #4 in city)
August 31, 2005
600 ft. discharge stack and incinerator building at the Ashbridges Bay Water Treatment Plant.
It's no longer in use, since incineration was outlawed in the city.
Skyline from atop a piece of equipment at the plant
Sunset from my hotel room
September 1, 2005
Yonge Street color
Yonge Street north of downtown
September 2, 2005
Today I'm on my way back home to Philly on an afternoon flight. On the way to the airport, I snapped a shot of One King West from the Gardiner Expressway to the south.
Takeoff from Toronto
Camden, NJ and Interstate 676
Camden waterfront and the Delaware River from the south
Philly skyline from the south and the new Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies
Sunset from the airport economy parking lot
September 4, 2005
There's no place like home: Philly skyline from my balcony.