The rise, and fall
With its tall towers and great falls, Toronto shows you how to enjoy the lows as thoroughly as the highsindia Updated: Oct 10, 2010 01:38 IST
The dynamic city of Toronto has a lot to offer when it comes to culture. Its cosmopolitan air, numerous local festivities, rich international cuisine and wide range of musical and theatrical entertainment make it a must-visit for anyone who digs variety.
Tallest tower in the world
A major draw is the famed CN Tower, one of the most impressive structures in the city. We accessed the Tower through the Skywalk, which, apart from being safe, is also a great method to avoid arctic weather conditions. A long, glass-panelled walkway connected the Tower by way of stairs, escalators and elevator corridors.
Over 100 storeys high, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing building in the world. Standing at 553 meters, it took only 58 seconds for the elevator to reach the top. It also has glass floor, where one can stand glance down at the streets. It was an incredible view.
I got to see the gorgeous Ontario Lake on one side, and the city on the other. We dined at 360, the revolving restaurant looking out to the city below us. The restaurant takes a complete round in 72 minutes. The award-winning wine selection offered over 550 international and Canadian wines from its “cellar in the sky”.
‘Falling’ in love
Who would not grab a chance to go to the world-renowned Niagara Falls, barely an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Toronto town? So off I set, with my local cousins in tow. At the falls, we boarded Maid of the Mist, a boat that takes its name from the human sacrifices that were offered to the falls by the indigenous peoples. It ferried us quite close to the falls, with my face full of mist and a view full of the cascading water. The splash of water from the downfall leaves you so spellbound that you’re left speechless ... nothing can humble you like Mother Nature.
Later, we drove a few miles up the road to the edge of the Horseshoe Falls; it was breathtaking to hear the rush of the water, and to see rainbows created by the sun on the mist. I could have stayed there all day!
A must-watch is also the videos of daredevils who thought they could defy death by jumping from the falls in a variety of vessels, such as barrels, a kayak, large round ball, and more. These are screened at the IMAX theatre. The adventurers’ tales are incredible, my favourite being the one in which this guy trapezes across the Falls like there’s nothing underneath him!
Not without Ice wine
While most of the food you’ll find in Toronto is predictably Canadian, you certainly can’t miss the Canadian Niagara Peninsula Ice wine. We stopped by for a little wine-tasting session at a vineyard, and weren’t disappointed at all. The chilled, sweet wine went down very quickly, but the memories of the clean, beautiful and safe city are here to stay forever.