Today, I’m not going far afield. Let me introduce you to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and fourth largest in all of North America. The southwestern suburbs have been my home since 1969.
The Toronto skyline is instantly recognizable, thanks to the CN Tower, which is 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft.) high. Completed in 1976, it was the tallest freestanding structure in the world at that time and is still the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. It attracts more than two million international visitors annually. In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers, where it holds second-place ranking. The revolving 360 Restaurant offers a fantastic view, stretching for miles. Speaking from personal experience, the view is better than the food, which is of course, over-priced, as is the wont of many tourist attractions. On August 1, 2011, the CN Tower opened the EdgeWalk, where thrill-seekers can walk on and around the roof of the main pod of the tower at 356 m (1,168.0 ft). It’s the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk. Visitors are tethered to an overhead rail system and walk around the edge of the CN Tower’s main pod above the restaurant on a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) metal floor. Closed throughout the winter season and during periods of electrical storms and high winds. (I would hope so! Not something I can see myself doing. How about you?)
Toronto is a multicultural city, home to many ethnic groups, which adds a wonderful international flavour. There’s a myriad of festivals to indulge in and be entertained by, year round.
Every September, Toronto hosts the world-famous TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), which plays host to countless celebrities and airs the best of up and coming films. From Wikipedia:
Founded in 1976, TIFF is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world. In 1998, Variety magazine acknowledged that TIFF “is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity.” In 2007, Time magazine noted that TIFF had “grown from its place as the most influential fall film festival to the most influential film festival, period.” This is partially the result of TIFF’s ability and reputation for generating “Oscar buzz”.
Toronto is rich in culture for every taste, including museums, art galleries, concert halls and much more. There are professional sports teams for Hockey, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Lacrosse and Soccer. Beautiful parks abound, everywhere. We had our wedding photos taken in High Park, which spans 161 hectares (400 acres), back in 1973.
For music fanatics like myself, Toronto is the best place to be! I would even go so far as to call it a “Music Mecca”. All the big name performers come here and going to concerts is one of my favourite activities. ♫♫♫
[concert photos ©DDB]
This video, made for investors, highlights all the best points about Toronto:
Of course, along with the positives are always some negatives. Case in point would be Rob Ford, Toronto’s bad-ass, butt of comedians’ jokes, alcoholic, joint tokin’, crack smokin’. patois spoutin’ mayor!
[courtesy of Bitstrips Facebook app]
Despite him, the city is doing very well!
Do you like Toronto? Have you ever been here?
Looking forward to your comments!
[Tweet “#AtoZChallenge: T is for TORONTO”]