Rooftopping Toronto

Incredible sights from Bay Street's lofty heights

After ascending roughly 50 floors of an unfinished condo on Toronto's Bay Street, we found ourselves facing a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. Far enough away from the downtown core, and yet close enough to see its entire breadth, we were blown away, once again, by the fruits of our rooftopping adventure.

Many Torontonians view the sprawl of vertical living space stretching toward the lake as a blight on the landscape. As a hobby photographer, I tend to take a slightly different stance, viewing the construction of these buildings as massive metal and glass monopods. For me, these buildings don't obfuscate my view so much as they allow for more intriguing perspectives from which to gaze at my city...

Rooftopping Toronto

At a certain distance, the sometimes bizarre geometric design patterns of buildings we assume we are familiar with as pedestrians make a great deal more sense...

Rooftopping Toronto

Familiar urban landmarks such as smoke stacks become all the more clear in their relation to the city as a whole...

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Even Toronto's CBD becomes less dense and more distinguishable from a certain height...

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As this particular journey came to an end, we noticed a grey mist appearing at a distance over the horizon. It was so fine, that it gave the impression of a film slowly masking the beautiful city that lay all around us. We took this as a gentle cue to exit, as the evening slowly crept in.

Rooftopping Toronto

(To see the rest of the set, as well as high-res. versions of the images above, you can view my flickr slide-show below.)


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