Sunday, March 25, 2012

Toronto, Canada


Adventure and excitement abounds in Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario. Located on the north-western shores of Lake Ontario, it is also the largest city in Canada. The city boasts of many top class attractions like CN Tower and Rogers Centre. There is a bustling downtown and superb harbour front with spectacular views.

Toronto Waterfront

CN Towers, formerly the world's tallest freestanding building before Burj Khalifa surpassed it in late 2007, is a definite visit while in Toronto. It has a great observation deck with a fantastic 360 degree view. The glass floor can be scary if you are acrophobic, imagine walking on a mere sheet of galss at a height of 342 metres with a clear view of the ground. The elevator is super fast and you will be at the skypod in a jiffy. It is said one can even see the mists of Niagara Falls from the observation deck on a clear day.

View from CN Tower

A walk down the harbour front is a must while in Toronto. The waterfront is lined with amazing art studios, cafes, bars and shops. The view is spectacular and one can spend the evening browsing or indulging.

Eve at the dock

Toronto is truly a cosmopolitan city. Nearly half its population was born outside of Canada. The ethnically diverse population ensures there's always plenty of events around the city, catering to the different cultures. I was pleasantly surprised to see a huge Indian population in the city. It also meant I could treat my taste buds to some authentic Indian food outside of the sub-continent.

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  1. i said 3 WOW:) and obviously they are awesome, wish to visit those places. you are lucky:)
    phew,,,, Am impatient :(
    INDIANS are everywhere, aren't we bro :)

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    1. Thank you Deepak for appreciating the pictures. Toronto is a great place to visit.

      I have been pretty lucky in getting to visit many fantastic places with great friends. Hopefully, you will get a chance soon.

      And yes, you can find an Indian in any part of the globe.

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  2. Nice post- beautiful photos supported by interesting narration.

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  3. Perfect images those three. They are keepers and wall-hangers.

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  4. Wonderful photos of a wonderful city. It's interesting that you mention the Indian restaurants, because one of the things I remember most abut Toronto was the Indian food, they even had an authentic South Indian restaurant (I couldn't for the life of me remember what it was called). Yumm...

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    1. Toronto has quite a good number of Indian restaurants. I had food at a North Indian restaurant and it was really yummy.

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  5. Don't think I've ever seen sunshiny pictures of Canada! Wonderfully captured, and love the little travelogue that goes with it - always nice to hear the photographer's thoughts.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I was fortunate to visit Toronto in early October before the onset of winter.

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  6. 342 meters with a clear view of the ground, i guess i m acrophobic :D. lovely images and beautifully narrated again.

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    1. Thank you Debajyoti for the kind words. But it's quite fun actually. There were lot of people taking their pictures while sitting on the floor, I guess something to boast of for life :)

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  7. Lovely captures and narration too!

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  8. Wooww! 342 meters up on a glass floor! Though I'd be scared, I think I'll love it :) Beautiful captures! The harbor looks so lovely.

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    1. Oh its a wonderful sight...and feeling..standing on the transparent piece of glass and able to see people and vehicles below. If you enjoy this, maybe you should try the skywalk in Grand Canyon. It's smashing!!

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  9. Beautiful images of the city, thanks for the introduction

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    1. Nice to see you here. It's a lovely city.

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  10. Beautiful captures accompanied with wonderful crisp narration! Loved my virtual tour :)

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    1. Thank you for the lovely words. Good to know you enjoyed the post.

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  11. Excellent images..:-) Super like..2nd and 3rd are simply mind blowing shots..:-)

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    1. Thank you Nagini. The view from the observation deck is much better than this.

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  12. Ah, I'm hoping to return to Canada and Toronto is on top of my list. Your photos are so inspiring but they make my feet itchy! I want to go there - NOW!! Great post, Remo, thanks. :)

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    1. You are always encouraging me with your words :)
      Toronto is a lovely place. And you will get lots of good Indian restaurants there to try out O_o.

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  13. Ah! You just provided me an idea to spend the holidays..
    Pray, how's the place in summers? Lovely snaps!

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    1. I should have struck a deal with some hoteliers there. Missed a fat commission :(
      Jokes apart, its a lovely place and there always plenty of activities happening all round the year. You won't regret a visit. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thank you Shrinidhi. The view was awesome!!

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  15. The first pic seems unbelievable and wonderful. The rest 2 captures are breathtaking themselves but the 1st one just became my wallpaper ;)

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    1. Really flattered to hear that. Thank you for stopping by.

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  16. Phenomenal! It Couldn't Be Better!

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  17. Beautiful shots of (what appears to be) a beautiful city. You are indeed probably doing their tourism board a free favor with this post, haha.

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    1. Thank you Diego for the kind words. It is indeed a very beautiful city.

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  18. Nice pics and commentary, Remo.
    (Also. Damn. You're all popular! That's awesome.)

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    1. Thank you Flip.
      (Don't get taken in by my charade, it's a temporary bubble waiting to...)

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  19. Although I tend to love sunset pics, I love your photo of the urban landscape! I know we sometimes tend to search for ourselves in others, other cities, and landscapes--but tell me which set of photos have you succeeded in capturing the other as the other is--in all its cultural unfamiliarity and strangeness without appearing to be one bit unnatural. I am curious--it must be so difficult to do that...or is it not?

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    1. Um...I guess I got somewhere confused in that. But, I never had much of an issue while taking pictures. And its easier with nature or cityscapes. Street photography, sometimes, gives me the jitters.

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  20. some very nice images of the city alongwith description....


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  22. Wow, Toronto has changed a lot! I studied at the University of Toronto in 1970, and I was so surprised to find many Italians there and many gelato shops. You brought back nice memories. I am a new follower from Rome. I will tell my daughter hungrycaramella.blogspot.com to follow you too. She has many fans from Canada.

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    1. Yes, its a congregation of different cultures hailing from different ethnic backgrounds. Happy to know the blog triggered some good memories. Thank you for being a follower. Will check out your blog sometime.

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  23. Beautiful pictures with wonderful narration...thanks for sharing.

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  24. The snaps are looking so real! i like the angle of 2nd picture, can't be better than that, giving preferance to both city and water. wonderful job :) :D

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    1. Thank you Vinayak. The view from the observation deck was just awesome.

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  25. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

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  26. Toronto is a kick ass city. The second most place I want to live.

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    1. It's a fantastic city. I can't comment from a resident's perspective, but as a tourist, it's definitely kick ass.

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  27. Superb pictures. Thank you for the Toronto-info.

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  28. I've been researching about Canada for my writing setting place and this post is really helpful and the pictures are beautiful! What type of camera do you use?

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    1. Good to know it was useful to you. I use a Canon 40D most times, occasionally, a Canon S95.

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  29. I especially liked your post on Lake Wylie. The sunset is really beautiful

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