9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

 

When I landed beside the obtuse cityscape of Toronto I expected to like the city as much as any other. I would experience a medley of striking museum displays, several wonderful bars and find overcrowding as irritable as ever. But there was something lurking inside that city that I was truly unprepared for, something rather extraordinarily beautiful. Sure I’d heard that Toronto could mask itself as New York and Chicago for hollywood films but I didn’t expect it to fulfill those rumors and turn this nature addict into a fan of the concrete jungle.

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Since I could hardly believe it myself I was motivated to prove my perspective via a small photography portfolio. With this accomplished I can now sit back and say yes, Toronto is pretty and maybe I can even convince you to think the same.

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Here are 9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

 

.1.Evening Cityscape

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Toronto Skyline, Canada, World Travel

 

With its own fair share of glitz, high-rises and pedestrian scrambles the city manages to hold a mesmerizing pose both during the day and the night. Even when the weather closes in, the tall towers manage to mysteriously soar into and beyond the clouds. Take a step back from the entertainment district and marvel at the city colors at twilight, this image was taken from the popular Neill-Wycik Backpackers hotel

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.2. Street Art

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9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

Murals murals everywhere. With cars half embedded into the third story wall and sketches decorating the concrete highways, Toronto’s street are an exhibition. This particular image was taken in an alleyway on Dundas Street West.

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.3. Royal Ontario Museum

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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, Straight On Detour

First opened in 1914 this once brick and terra-cotta building has been expanded and reformed into a medley of materials and designs. Its most recent renovation in 2007 resulted in its current design, a C$30 million dollar crystal structure that erupts out onto the walkway. Stop yourself from staring at the exterior long enough to walk inside and you’ll be treated to hundreds of worldwide animals, a dinosaur exhibit and a mesmerizing collection of First Nation Artifacts including an intricately carved narwhal tusk!

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.4. A Colourful ‘Village’

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9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

If Toronto were a person it would be a firm believer that we have the right to live exactly how we want to live. The village is the place that embodies this colorful spirit which oozes the statement of PRIDE everywhere, even it seems, around its cashpoints!

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.5. Casa Loma

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Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada, World Travel

This historic 1911 structure is a castle-come-palace built for over C$3.5 million by three hundred people for three years. With gardens manicured to perfection and views stretching all the way to the CN tower it’s easy to see why this castle is a rave in North Toronto.

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.6. Rogers Centre

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9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

Watch Canada’s only big-league baseball team while gazing in awe at the colorful Rogers Centre. This is one of Toronto’s most unique structures (the dome closes over during rain and snow) that bursts into light and life on game day, plus tickets cost as little as C$16.

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.7. CN Tower

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CN Tower, Toronto, Canada, Straight On Detour

Having a a needle raising 553.33m into the sky makes you a rather omnipresent feature in any city scape. The CN Tower is the third highest building in the World, helps tourists and locals keep their bearings every day and is a class tourist attraction thanks to its panoramic views and glass floors.

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.8. Lake Views

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9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

On a summers day you’d be pushed to decide which sparkled more; Toronto’s skyline or the bright blue fringes of Lake Ontario. Despite being the smallest of the Great Lakes Lake Ontario manages to cover an enormous 18,960km², its beach havens are a far cry from everyday city life.

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.9. Reflections

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9 Reasons Why Toronto is Canada’s Prettiest City

Glassy high rises interspersed with historic architecture is what Toronto is all about, it’s a city where you are constantly craning your neck to take it all in. At this Bay and Queen St West intersection this particular reflection is not only pleasing to the eye but is an iconic portrayal of old blending with the new.

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Find out everything and anything related to Toronto and planning your visit in this vibrant city by checking out Tourism Toronto’s official page.

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Alternatively come and join us on our ‘100 Day Ultimate Canadian Road Trip.’

 

 

 

Written by

Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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