Further afield – Toronto

The fourth largest city in North America, larger than Chicago or Houston, is rapidly changing with a huge number of apartments being built downtown, and vibrant improvements along the waterfront. Parts of the city remind me of Melbourne, thanks to the tram system and eclectic architecture.

Sharp Centre For Design
Will Alsop’s iconic piece of modernistic architecture, just round the corner from…

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Art Gallery of Ontario
Great building, and a huge collection, including more lovely pieces by the Group of Seven.


Toronto City Hall
More iconic architecture, though very much of the sixties. Over budget and controversial at the time but still holds up today.

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Royal Ontario Museum
The largest museum in Canada, with an interesting and eclectic collection, plus a funky if typical Daniel Libeskind extension, and a great metro station.

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CN Tower
The tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, with views to match.

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St Lawrence Market
Lovely old indoor market, not quite as funky as Seattle’s Pike Place or Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, but not far off.

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Toronto is very much a North American city, with plenty of big glass boxes, but also some more interesting buildings.

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