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I love to photograph, whether it’s while walking across a beachfront in Europe or looking at something closer to home right here in Canada. When people think of Toronto, the first thing that usually springs to mind is some piece of impressive architecture like the CN Tower, but the truth is, there’s a lot of natural and man-made beauty in Toronto: you just need to know where to find it.
If you’re a fan of the Gothic Revival style, head over to “House on the Hill” – Casa Loma – which has been standing proud, on South Hill, overlooking central Toronto since 1911. With five acres of gardens and four floors of opulent interior design, Casa Loma is the place for some great indoor and outdoor shots. A CityPASS ticket will give you entry to Casa Loma plus some of Toronto’s other great architectural masterpieces, including the aforementioned CN Tower, for just $86.
Lake Ontario is Toronto’s main drinking water source, and home to many beaches, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to updating Instagram! If you can brave the cold, head to the lake in the colder months to see areas of the lake starting to freeze over (it has not frozen entirely since 1934) or try capturing that gorgeous summer beach sunset.
Nothing twinkles quite like the Toronto skyline when viewed from Riverdale Park, which many say affords the best views of Toronto. In winter, the park has an ice rink, and in the summer, the tennis courts, baseball diamonds and the outdoor pool are popular. Summer or winter, the walking trails are attractive, and nearby the park are a number of delightful cafes. If you’re visiting in winter, be sure to try out winter tobogganing (once your camera equipment is locked away safely).
The West Toronto Rail Path
Looking for something edgier to add to your portfolio? Try capturing some of the local graffiti artistry at the West Toronto Rail Path. The railpath, which runs alongside the Kitchener GO train line, is one of the most accessible rails-to-trails projects in Toronto and is great for those pensive poses. Phase 1 of the railpath was completed in 2009, and extensions are on the cards.
Have you been to Toronto? What are your favourite photography hotspots?