At first glance, the Toronto skyline has an alien appearance. The CN Tower reaches for the sky, much taller than the surrounding highrises. At its base is the domed roof of the Rogers Center sports complex. The combination of these two prominent structures juxtaposed against the other modern, reflective glass buildings in the skyline creates a memorable image. The most beautiful place to capture the sunrise is from the Islands, while sunset is best caught from the high ground where you can see the city bathed in an orange and pink glow.
Fifteen islands are located south of mainland Toronto called the Toronto Islands. The largest is Centre Island, and Algonquin and Olympic are the two other major islands. Another island named Ward’s Island is the far eastern end of Centre Island.
The only two ways to get to the islands are by ferry or water taxi. The ferry leaves from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and arrives at Ward’s Island. From there, you must arrange for a water taxi. If you hope to catch the first morning rays landing on the skyline, plan according to the seasonal ferry schedule. Your best option may be to book a very early water taxi. Your extra effort will pay off in your Instagram feed!
To catch the skyline at sunset, find a tall building and climb it! Your best bet is the iconic CN Tower, designated in 1995 as one of the engineering Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It stands at 1,815 feet and features glass walls and floors on various observation levels. Visit the Glass Floor and outdoor Sky Terrace on one level, and then keep going up another 33 stories to reach the LookOut level, one of the highest observation platforms on the planet.
If you're looking for an even more awe-inspiring Instagram post and a thrillseeker's view, try the EdgeWalk. For C$195 plus tax (or C$225 plus tax during peak periods), you'll be tethered to a harness and allowed to walk around the circumference of the Tower. Although you can't bring your phone or camera for this daring feat, every walker receives a digital photo and video of their experience. With just six walkers at a time, you can avoid the crowds of other people taking selfies at the Glass Floor. Prices are subject to change.
View a preview of the CN Tower Edge Walk in the video below:
Cover image by Johannes Plenio is made available on Pixabay.