Toronto - A walk through the Downtown

Toronto is Canada's largest city, with 5.2 million people in the metropolitan area. Directly located on Lake Ontario, Toronto is well connected with the near U.S. metropolises. It is the economic artery of the country and the capital of the province of Ontario.

Next to the CN Tower is an old ring roundhouses, waiting for a new use. CN stands for Canadian National, and is Canada's largest railway company based in Montreal.

A Deep Lake Water Cooling system supplies cooling for many of the glazed buildings of Toronto. Thus the demand of electricity for the air conditioning is reduced by 75%.

We arrive at the Union Station with its famous terminal building.

On our way towards the north, we watch the hustle and bustle on the Bay Street and let the architecture of the Finance District affect us. 

In Toronto, you can get around easily by foot - even at night.

The Younge Street, a main north - south axis across the city, is full of theaters, music halls and opportunities to dive into nightlife.
Osgoode Hall Toronto Canada
Osgoode Hall

East of Downtown Toronto, we cross the University Avenue, at which the old and new architecture are mixed harmoniously. We pass the Osgoode Hall, in its classic Victorian style. Today, it is the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Peace Garden with town hall Toronto
Peace Garden
 After a few steps, we enter the Peace Garden, opened in 1984 by Queen Elizabeth II. This place is dominated by the new Town Hall with its two semicircular towers. At the eastern end of the square is the old town hall, neo-Gothic like the Parliament building, early design of an independent national Canadian architecture.

Bagpipers belong to the streetscape in Canada, not only in Toronto.

The Royal Ontario Museum, briefly called ROM, one of the largest museums in the world, was rebuilt at the time of our shooting. Daniel Libeskind covers the building with a facade of bizarre polygons. Next to the Sharp Centre for Design, a new hallmark for Canada's innovative architecture is set, showing that almost everything is possible. 

The Bloor Street, a main artery from east to west, with lots of restaurants and shops, is an example of creative coexistence of old and new designs without fear of contact.

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