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Toronto Cityscapes:
Old and New

Toronto Cityscapes is a page of usual and unusual images of the city, from the old to the very new.

In case you're wondering about the navigation button name of 'TO Cityscapes', TO is often used as a short form for Toronto in Ontario.

I'm starting Cityscapes with 'the old'.

Many of these images are of 'heritage' buildings and, if you have an interest in those, the place to visit is Port Hope where there are more than 270 buildings preserved from the past -- more per square kilometre than anywhere else in the Province.

Toronto Cityscapes: Campbell House

Before there was a Toronto, there was York, or Muddy York as it was often known, and the Campbell House on the corner of Queen Street and University Avenue is the oldest brick building left from the, and in the, city of York, which is now part of the city of Toronto.

Originally built by Sir William Campbell, a soldier from the American War of Independence (or Revolutionary War, depending on where you come from) and later a Judge in the newly created Ontario.

Toronto Cityscapes, Galleria's glass roof

These glass roofs top the Galleria Arcade between Yonge and Bay, where they let in the light on such things as the Hockey Hall of Fame, old bank building facades and floors of upmarket shops and services.

One of my favorite Toronto restaurants, the Marche, has a location here as well.

Toronto Cityscapes: University Avenue

Toronto Cityscapes, the Royal Military College

The Royal Canadian Military Institute, on University Avenue was for a long time something of an interesting anachronism on a street lined with towering glass and concrete blocks.Today, however, it is built into a tower of its own and looks just fine.

Those old field guns outside are from the 1800's and were part of Canada's arsenal in those far off days. They seem very tame in an era of inter-continental ballistic nuclear missiles.

Toronto Cityscapes, old Canada Life Insurance building reflected in new

The Canada Life building, reflected here in a nearby glass tower, is another survivor from the past on University Ave.

Its radio mast lights up at night and the lights used to tell you the weather forecast. Different coloured lights told Torontonians what weather they could expect the following day.

Toronto Cityscapes, uptown tower blocks

And I'm finishing this page with 'the new'. These office and apartment towers dominate the sky, looming over the hospital buildings on University Avenue.

Toronto is a great place for a short break but it's also worth considering for a longer stay. There's plenty to see and do. Hotels in many cities offer opportunities for a longer visit; this extended stay hotel Toronto is just one example. Be sure to look for similar deals if you think you’ll end up sticking around.

There are more cityscape pictures on our page -- Images Toronto

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