Toronto – Jungle of Glass-Covered Skyscrapers & Old Edifices
This is my hometown now and I grew up in this cosmopolitan City of Toronto. I called it a jungle of Glass-Covered Skyscrapers and Old Edifices because that’s what you see when you are downtown.
When we drove out of the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto after attending the wedding reception of my niece, we were confronted by the almost unmistakable view of the CN Tower behind the tall skyscrapers at the top right hand of photo. Really, we admired how it sticks out like a sore thumb around town. It’s the tallest free-standing structure in Canada with a view from the top of the CN Tower, the Edge Walk Experience and a 360-Degree Revolving Restaurant.
On a clear and sunny day you can get a glimpse of the majestic Niagara Falls from the top of the CN Tower which also boasts of it’s glass floor. You can have an aerial view of the city when you ride the elevators with glass panels which takes a few minutes to reach the top of the tower. Around the area there’s a new adventure attraction called ‘Ripley’s Believe it or not‘ (a.k.a. The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada).
Then turning left to King Street West, there’s the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church in Toronto, Canada. It’s right beside the Roy Thomson Hall, a famous venue used for concerts and other entertainment in the arts and cultural shows. A few blocks away is the heart of the financial district of Toronto where the big Banks have their own head offices in those tall and stately skyscrapers that every city is proud to show off.
The Beautiful St. Andrew’s Church in Toronto, Canada
Then here’s the main intersection of Yonge and King Street, popularly known as One King Street where the modern hotel with the same name, One King West Hotel have proudly stood for years now. The facade used to be an office building of years gone by where we used to work on one of the floors of that old edifice. It connects to the new hotel and serves as conference/meeting rooms and foyer/lobby area.
Driving through the downtown area beside a TTC streetcar and other cars, we made another left turn to a not so famous area known as Parliament Street. Here the buildings start to look a bit different and more like an old part of downtown where the ordinary folks lived and worked. That will be another post about the ‘old neighborhood in downtown Toronto’.
There’s a Chinatown here in the city but in the outer boroughs like Scarborough in the GTA we have an even bigger Chinatown aside from the one at Dundas Street in downtown area. There’s also the huge Pacific Mall in Markham, ON, Canada. The Vaughan Mall and the new Factory Outlets aside from the Eaton’s Centre in downtown Toronto are great malls to go shopping for Christmas gifts and venture but be prepared for the parking chaos and exorbitant parking fees in these areas although most have free parking.
There are myriad of shopping malls and smaller shopping plazas in town which I will probably blog about later on. Sometimes I don’t drive downtown but take public transport like the TTC Subway trains and Streetcars or ride the TTC Buses which is the better way, they often say. Sears is the main store at Eaton’s Centre in Toronto now that the Eaton’s Stores have closed years ago. Toronto also have underground shopping stores from Union Station up to Bloor Street, where you can walk and shop without going out on the busy streets. It’s popularly known as the Shopping Concourse Underground in downtown Toronto. Most building towers are interconnected through these underground concourse of shopping stores. Have fun in Toronto when you visit the city and don’t miss out on the fun of shopping at the concourse.
In the shopping mall you can take your kids to a Christmas themed adventure with Santa and have their photos taken with Santa Claus. There in the booth Santa will entertain children with stories, crafts, and other jolly activities. There’s a $15 ticket fee for the photo you get to keep and the funds raised from the tickets will go towards Sleeping Children Around the World and The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada charitable organizations (a.k.a. Dream Trip to DisneyWorld from Toronto, Canada).