It was one of the first things I asked when I arrived in Toronto: what is the origin of the name ‘Toronto’? A quick Google search revealed that the name Toronto, a derivative of the word ‘tkaronto’, was first used by the Iroquois (a tribe that used to inhabit the area before the first Westerners arrived) and roughly means ‘forest in the water’. In the following days, as I walked around the streets of downtown Toronto, I couldn’t help but think of that meaning and how it applies to modern-day Toronto. Gone are the forests in the water. In its place, a new forest had risen – a forest of glass and steel! The Toronto skyscrapers are certainly impressive and I had a great time admiring them on a stroll around downtown Toronto.
Architecture stroll in downtown Toronto
A stroll around downtown Toronto, with its shiny skyscrapers, is a dizzying experience. I found myself straining my neck on many occasions just to catch a glimpse of the tops of these massive buildings that seemed to touch the clouds. I’m a big fan of architecture so it was a great joy for me to wander aimlessly around the downtown area and admire the huge glassy surfaces, interspersed with monumental buildings. The fact that the tallest buildings are all concentrated within a relatively small area reinforced the image of a forest in my mind. I knew I’d reached the edges of the downtown area as soon as the skyscrapers stopped! Join me on a little architecture tour around downtown Toronto!
… and I wasn’t disappointed! The night views of Toronto from atop the CN Tower were truly phenomenal!