Growing up in Mississauga, I always enjoyed coming into the city and seeing the Toronto skyline get closer and closer. It’s a treat when you first see it in the distance around the Humber River and then it disappears, only to looms larger as come around the bend at the Exhibition.
When I first moved to the city in after college, I didn’t realize that I missed that view. You don’t see the skyline when you’re actually living in it! A few years later I had to move back to Oakville for work for a couple years, and when I started experiencing that drive in to the city again, I really started to appreciate the view.
I’ve been living in the city again since 2006 so anytime I get a chance to see the skyline, I like to take it in. I worked in Liberty Village for year and enjoyed walking down Strachan and seeing this view everyday.
But, 40 years on, with the exception of the occasional and rare drive down the DVP, I’ve never really had the chance to appreciate the Toronto skyline from the other side. But, for the first time, one of my jobs takes me to the East end, so I am getting to see the city from the other side a little more.
This past weekend my wife and I walked through Riverdale Park (yep, 40 years old, almost half my life living in the city, yet had never walked through Riverdale!) and it was a beautiful, sunny day, perfect to see our wonderful skyline from a slightly different angle.
This panorama shows how much midtown is starting to catch up on terms of high-rises.
At the end of the day, seeing it from the East, it’s pretty much the same Toronto skyline… just reversed… but hey! I’m glad I can still appreciate it after 40 years.