Monday, February 10, 2020

Toronto Viewpoints

I left off yesterday close to this location. Campbell House dates to 1822, built for Sir William Campbell and his wife. Campbell was chief justice of what was Upper Canada at the time. The house was moved here in the 1970s and turned into a local history museum.

I kept heading west along Queen Street. One of the side streets looking south has a good view of the iconic CN Tower, looking quite brooding against that sky- but the clouds weren't going to last long.

Then I started heading back the way I came. This utility box on Queen Street caught my eye.

I headed in the general direction of Trinity Square, which neighbours the Eaton Centre. This sculpture is inside an office building that borders the square.

And this one is right outside that office building.

Trinity Square includes some historic architecture, such as the Church of the Holy Trinity.

Here we have a view elsewhere in the square of a heritage building here.

It was time for me to get back to Union Station for my train. Here in the station (which is still seeing some renovation work being done) I paused to photograph some of the details.

I stepped back out front. The Royal York Hotel is across the street from Union Station. This fierce looking fellow guards one of the access points.

And so I had another perspective of the CN Tower, much brighter under mid-day sunlight. Union Station is down at lower left. Tomorrow I'm starting with Winterlude here in the national capital region.


  1. ...the Campbell House is a gem. How on earth do you move a house like this?

  2. I like the disguise of the mundane with that amazing street art.

  3. The brick Federalist house photo is perfect for that style of architecture.

  4. @Tom: carefully!

    @Catarina: it is.

    @fun60: so do I.

    @Maywyn: it is indeed.

    @Francisco: thank you.

  5. There is a mixture of old and new buildings ! I like the utility box !

  6. The Campbell house looks like many of the old stately houses here! Love that lion!

  7. Hello, wonderful views of the city. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

  8. I enjoyed the tour and the fierce lion. :-)

  9. I like the combination of the old and the newer buildings.

  10. Love those first two shots of the CN Tower.

  11. I remember the day they moved the Campbell house. It was a big event downtown.

  12. I recognise quite a bit here from Pat's blog William. Like Perth, Toronto mixes old and new architecture really well .✨

  13. Interesting how some of the very old stations have been renovated and are very usable for trains today.

  14. That Campbell House is beautiful and it's always nice to see the space needle.

  15. I like that house and the way the utility box is painted. We need that creativity in my small town.

  16. interesting viewpoints there Willaim

  17. I worked right across the street from the station. We haven't been back in a bit.

  18. @Gattina: I did too.

    @Tanya: the next time I'm there, I'll have to stop in at Campbell House.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @DJan: quite fierce!

    @Jan: I thought so too.

    @Marie: quite a contrast with a bit later in the day.

    @RedPat: it must have been quite something to see.

    @Grace: at least most of the time!

    @Red: this one certainly is.

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Sharon: definitely.

    @Michelle: doing that to utility boxes brightens them up.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Jennifer: I'll probably go back in the summer.

  19. The CN Tower is very impressive. I enjoyed seeing the other views around it--amazing that large Campbell house was moved to a new location--what a feat!

  20. The Church of the Holy Trinity is a lovely building.

  21. This is a nice tour of Toronto. I especially like the pic of the utility box. Thank you for sharing!

  22. What a great walk in Toronto! The architecture of the Campbell House is so appealing and stately.

  23. The Campbell house is such a classic. The CNN tower has a lot of moods, doesn't it? And Union Station looks beautiful.

  24. I like the Church architecture much better than the newer buildings. Good shots

  25. Oh, I love the utility box! And the Lion of course!

  26. Love the house which became a museum and the station too:)

  27. Jazz Raccoon? Such nice brooding shots of the tower and buildings

  28. @Pat: thank you!

    @Happyone: definitely.

    @Joanne: particularly inside.

    @Unknown: you're welcome.

    @Sharon: very much so.

    @Kay: it had quite a different mood, an hour or so apart.

    @MB: the church is a stunner.

    @Iris: I knew you'd go for it!

    @Rosie: I do too.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

  29. I love Toronto and haven't been in a long while. That mural on the box is great!

  30. Wonderful variety of photos ~ favorite is the sky and clouds shot

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  31. What a great post, love the grumpy scary looking lion, so life like. Such an arty city you have there William.

  32. I like the mural on the box …

    All the best Jan