Toronto: The New York Of Canada

Toronto may be the financial centre of Canada, but there is much more to this city than bankers and skyscrapers. I arrived in Toronto after spending several weeks getting in touch with nature in the Rockies.

Walking through Dundas Square on a Friday evening was a sobering experience. Bright lights flickered and bounced off gigantic billboards. A constant stream of traffic noisily squeezed its way along, with an abundance of yellow and green taxis and the odd streetcar filling the view.

It was easy to see why Toronto is often referred to as the New York of Canada. 

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Dundas Square is always brimming with activity.

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The sun reflecting off skyscrapers in downtown Toronto.

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A gorgeous piece of street art off Church Street.

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St James Park: a peaceful haven amid the hustle and bustle of Toronto.

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 A typical Toronto street scene, featuring a bicycle, taxi and the CN Tower.

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 A Toronto Subway station. 

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 A monument to multiculturalism outside Union Station. 

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This Sir Winston Churchill statue, located outside Toronto City Hall on Queen Street West, seems to be a designated bird toilet. 

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 The man-made Sugar Beach, complete with dazzling yellow parasols. 

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 A spooky full moon. 

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Baseball is such a strong element of North American culture. I managed to catch a game at the Rogers Centre – Toronto Blue Jays versus New York Yankees – and it was a great experience.

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I wrote a whole article on Kensington Market because I loved visiting here so much. There are vintage shops galore and loads of creative and quirky outlets. 

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 The CN Tower seen from the Rogers Centre. 

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 The view over Toronto from the top of the CN Tower.

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Brightly-coloured canoes along the waterfront. 

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A bustling Yonge Street.

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Toronto’s gay district: Church Wellesley Village. 

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An eye-popping feature on the side of the CP24 news station building. 

Have you been to Toronto? What were your highlights?

12 comments

  1. Great shots from Toronto! I have dual citizenship with the US and Canada, but haven’t been in many years. I’m not a huge fan of snow, so it’s not my ideal habitat during much of the year. It’s really become a world-class city over the past few decades though!
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    • Alison
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      Having a dual citizenship must be cool. I’m not a cold weather person really myself, but the Canadian summer was smokin’. It’s got a lot going for it Toronto. If I had more time and money, it would have been great to head out of the city a bit and get to Algonquin Park, which is meant to be beautiful. It felt like it would take ten lifetimes (and a small fortune) to see all of Canada.

  2. Some very familiar Toronto scenes in your post. I’ve been there a few times and always find something new to do. I have to admit that I didn’t realize that it was called “The New York of Canada”, but I can see why. Too bad about the Churchill statue.
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  3. Great photos! Love the city I spend half my time in. Just one thing – the last pic is actually of the CP24 news station which is in a building owned by CTV – Canada’s largest private broadcast network. The CBC is a few blocks away (I’ve worked out of both buildings).

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