It’s that time of month again to capture the sights of seasonal change as part of a photo challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman.
I tend to stretch rules a bit to suit my own purposes and so this month I’m going to deviate from my usual visit to Bluffer’s Park on the east end of the city and give you a snapshot of Toronto in July from downtown and the Harbourfront area.
Toronto is currently all cleaned up, dressed up, and trying to show off her best as host of the PanAm Games which started on Friday. For those of you who might not be familiar with them, the PanAm Games is a competition of summer sports involving the 41 countries of the Americas.
Over the past week, I’ve had reasons to be downtown on a couple of occasions and was busily snapping pictures like the best of the tourists.
It is 5 pm on a Friday night and normally the roads would be heavily congested with traffic trying to get out of the downtown core for the weekend. This particular Friday it was odd to see absolutely NO TRAFFIC. The media had done such a great job of fear mongering how badly the Games were going to affect traffic, the roads ended up being deserted as people either stayed away or took public transit – like we did.
Summer finally decided to show up and temperatures have been warm and humid. Toronto’s shoreline for miles is dotted with marinas, including Harbourfront at the foot of downtown. Boats of every shape and size could be seen in our walk along the waterfront.
We watched many groups of children of various ages in different day camps learning how to kayak, sail and generally just having a good time.
From the top level of the stadium where the PanAm Opening Ceremonies were being held, we had views of the harbour and the various boaters out enjoying the warm Friday evening. A Tall Ship sailed past dwarfing all the other boats in the harbour.
During this past week I discovered that Toronto even has a Bed & Breakfast on a boat … a very different experience I’m sure.
July is clearly a wonderful time to visit this great city and this July is extra special. Have I piqued your interest yet?
My previous posts on The Changing Seasons can be found at the following links: