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Toronto Canada city explorations and up the CN Tower

Let’s do a short exploration of the city of Toronto in Canada. The Canadian city is a rather chill one and is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario and a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario.

The Toronto Old City Hall. Let's explore the city of Toronto Canada today
The Toronto Old City Hall. Let’s explore the city of Toronto Canada today.

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada. Also, the city of Toronto is pretty much walkable on foot. The city follows through a logical layout. There are trams and buses as public transport as well as a great underground subway system.

Downtown Toronto canada city with cabs and trams serving the city
Downtown Toronto city with cabs and trams serving the city.

Moreover, all city transport links back to the heart of the city Union Station. It is a major railway station and inter-modal transport hub connecting trams, buses and long distance rail in Toronto.

Getting around Toronto Canada on the subway train. Toronto has a well connected public transport system
Getting around Toronto on the subway train. Toronto has a well connected public transport system.

Also, the Toronto underground subway serving 4 lines. It tad does resemble a cleaner version of New york subway. The city is home to a recorded population of 2.7 million in 2016. Yet still it does not feel packed or overly dense like Singapore.

Toronto Canada underground subway serving 4 lines. It tad does resemble a cleaner version of New york subway
Toronto underground subway serving 4 lines. It tad does resemble a cleaner version of New york subway.
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Trams
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Square
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Chill city

Toronto Canada, a chill city

Additionally, Toronto is busy in the “busy” areas such as downtown and the shopping district. Yonge Street is one such street to check out. It is home to hundreds of retail stores lined along the long street comprising of independent boutiques, chain stores and bargain shops

Toronto Canada Downtown street shops
Toronto Downtown street shops.

Also, you can find a range of boutiques, cafes restaurants and high street fashion stores along the downtown area shopping stretch too. You can spend time at various Art galleries like the Toronto art gallery just off the Chinatown district (a place good for authentic Hong Kong food and Asian buffets too).

The Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto Canada
The Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto Canada.
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Art gallery
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Central station
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West pier

Also, notable landmark here includes the Roger’s Center stadium known for baseball and American football matches and home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Rogers center
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Chinatown
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CN tower

Additionally, In contrast, if the downtown is too much buzz for you, the Toronto waterfront is a nice place for a walk. It is mostly rather quiet and offers nice views of a city by the bay. There are several cafes here you can enjoy a cuppa by the bay too.

Toronto Canada Waterfront promenade is a quiet area and nice retreat from the busy city and popular with joggers too
Toronto Canada waterfront promenade is a quiet area and nice retreat from the busy city and popular with joggers too.

Going up the CN Tower

View of the Toronto Canada waterfront region from the CN Tower
View of the Toronto waterfront region from the CN Tower.

Moreover, an attraction worthy to check out in Toronto is the CN Tower. It stands at 553.3m tall, and is a concrete-built communications and observation tower. It sits right in the heard of downtown core of Toronto, Ontario.

On the deck of the CN Tower
On the deck of the CN Tower!

Going up the CN Tower elevator uses High-speed elevators which are built on the exterior concrete faced of the massive tower.

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Ground floor
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Elevator up
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Looking up!

Also, these zip up with ceiling to floor windows at the elevator side allowing you to watch the evolution of the view and Toronto city skyline as you go up. At night, the elevators have LED lighting which appears like zipping lit capsules.

Downtown Toronto view from the lower observation deck
Downtown Toronto view from the lower observation deck.
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Informatics
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Central station
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Shadow!

CN tower was the world tallest Tower

Additionally, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest free-standing structure until 2007, and was the world’s tallest tower until 2009. For a good period of 32 years till it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa at Dubai, in the UAE.

The lower enclosed observation deck with a 360 degree views all round
The lower enclosed observation deck with a 360 degree views all round.
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Gallery
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Observation deck
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Telescope

The top observation tower deck is enclosed, with a 360 degree surrounding glass windows. There are a couple of viewing telescopes which you can use.

The polycarbonate glass floor section of the observation deck with a view vertically down
The polycarbonate glass floor section of the observation deck with a view vertically down.

Also, up here there are some parts of the observation deck floor replaced by polycarbonate panels allowing you to view the ground below the deck at height. Not for those with vertigo!

Looking down, don't get vertigo
Looking down, don’t get vertigo!
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Looking down!
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View out afar
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Waterfront marina

CN Tower open upper deck

CN Tower upper open air observation deck. It is incredibly windy op here
CN Tower upper open air observation deck. It is incredibly windy op here!

The upstairs has an open air viewing deck which offers unobstructed 360 views. The top deck here is enclosed with cable grills and is extremely windy up here. Also for $10 extra, you can head up to a viewing pod for views higher up the tower.

View from upper deck of the CN Tower
View from upper deck of the CN Tower.

From up the tower, you can see the entire downtown Toronto just below the tower. It stretches eastward as far the horizon goes. The views are inland on the north and Toronto waterfront and Lake Ontario out into the south.

The majestic Horseshoe falls as part of the Niagara falls
The majestic Horseshoe falls as part of the Niagara falls.

Furthermore, you would pass by Watkins Glenn and Niagara falls on your way up. If you are up in the US east coast in Niagara checking out the falls, the Canadian city of Toronto is not too far off.

On the water sailing out on the nature lakes
On the water sailing out on the nature lakes.

All in all, you do need a couple more days if you wish to explore the city of Toronto in more depth. Still, a good day trip when touring the Niagara falls on your visit up from the US east coast.

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