Toronto skyline from Centre Island

Toronto SkylineToronto skyline at twilight / Photo by Joe Newman

If you go to Toronto, make sure to pay a visit to Centre Island for some great views of the city’s impressive skyline.

It’s one of the world’s most recognizable skylines because of the CN Tower, which at 1,815 feet towers above everything. When the structure was completed in 1976, it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure and tallest tower. It held on to those distinctions until 2010 when it was eclipsed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Canton Tower in China.

I took the shot above during Expedia’s closing party at the TBEX travel blogging conference. I didn’t spend a lot of time on my skyline shot. I was traveling light; no tripod or shutter release cable, just my Olympus E-M5 with a fixed lens. I snapped a couple of shots off the railing and called it a day. With my 17mm lens (34 mm equivalent),  I couldn’t even get the whole skyline in my photo. Still, it’s such a great vantage point that even if you only have an iphone, you’ll get a postcard worthy photo.

I suppose it was pretty much a no-brainer for Toronto tourism officials that if more than 1,000 travel bloggers descend on your city, you take them out to Centre Island so they can all flood Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the same exact, albeit lovely, skyline photos.

Of course not all photos are created equal. Here are some other  photos taken that same night:


Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

  • Meggie Kay

    June 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    A few of my friends definitely were jealous with that drink shot. haha.
    It’s great seeing all the different kinds of shots you can take of the same skyline. 🙂

    • Joe Newman

      June 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Love your photo. Reminds me of the great time I had at the party!