Toronto skyline from Centre Island
Toronto 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:
- You can show off your Jedi-master HDR processing skills and make the skyline look like it’s on fire like in this shot by photographer Trey Ratcliff, who was the Saturday morning keynote speaker.
- If you really want to make your friends back home jealous of the great time you’re having in Toronto, make sure to put a drink in the foreground like Nomadic Meg did.
- You can go dark and moody like this Instagram by Sherry of Otts World.
- Or you can make the skyline play a supporting role in a cool shot of a party goer decked out in a wild, red feather hat like Traveller soul did.