Toronto has never been at the top of my list of cities to visit, I’ve always been more interested in visiting older historical places and so a lot of North American cities never really appealed to me, but having spent several days there last month as part of a longer trip to Canada I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed it there.
A clean, multicultural city much like my smaller hometown of Bristol, but less populated and friendlier than London, Toronto felt like a home away from home. From the modern towering skyscrapers and condos downtown, to the colourful indie vibe of the Kensington Market neighbourhood, Toronto is a joy to walk around. Maybe not so much in the winter when the temperatures plummet but the weather in June was solid.
Craft Beer from Boxcar social on the harbour and mouth-wateringly good seafood tacos from Seven Lives, panoramic views from the CN Tower and street art along Graffiti Alley, there is plenty to see, do and devour in Toronto. I’d love to go back and spend longer there.
In the Scarborough district of Toronto you have The Bluffs, small beautiful parks along a 9 mile long cliff overlooking Lake Ontario. A storm rolled in a short distance away but luckily didn’t rain while taking photos.
One thing I like about North American cities, and Toronto is no exception, is the sheer size and scale of everything and its surrounding areas. For photographers, given time to explore, you have the ability to drive to many different areas which open up your photo opportunities. When in Bristol and London it’s often I run out of inspiration and places to find for new photos. That’s partly due to being familiar with these areas, but there is something about North American cities which give a sense of a greater scale.
Drive 80 miles south of the city and you'll be able to see the famous Niagara Falls and hear its thunderous water. It's a tourist hotspot for all the right reasons. The sheer size of the waterfall is quite breathtaking. Even more so, I imagine, if you take a boat trip into the misty spray at the bottom.
80 miles north of Toronto takes you to Lagoon City, a small picturesque canal-based community located next to Lake Simcoe. It’s a perfect spot to take a break from bustling city life in a cosy cottage and a chance to enjoy some water sports, or have a barbecue feast overlooking the enormous lake.
Keep a look out for my next short blog post which will feature plenty of photos from the spectacular Jasper National Park for the 2nd part of the trip. Feel free to comment below and give me recommendations for other spots to visit in Ontario next time. Hope you enjoy the rest of the photos.