Canadian Cities & Urban Landscapes
4 galleriesWelcome to Calgary, Alberta, Canada! This is Canada's fourth largest metropolitan region in population, after Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. For many who wish to visit the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, including Banff National Park, Calgary is typically the gateway for that journey. TIA's objective was to explore the gateway itself, and Calgary surpassed all expectations. It's a scenic, gigantic metropolis with a diverse population of good-natured people who love the great outdoors and all the recreational activities the city offers. Residents clearly love their city as well. Some may remember that well before Vancouver served as home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Calgary was the first Canadian city to host the same international sports event back in 1988! What started off as a western depot at the confluence of the Bow & Elbow Rivers, Calgary has transformed over time into the oil capital of Canada. Second only to Toronto, Calgary also carries the honor of being the headquarters of a majority of Canadian corporations. So let's not delay! Let's visit Calgary today! TIA is honored to feature this magnificent, underrated gem of a city in its official portfolio.
9 galleriesWelcome to Toronto! Toronto is Canada's largest city and centre of commerce, based along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The skyline of Toronto is dominated by the CN Tower (Canadian National Tower), which was the world's tallest free-standing structure for more than three decades. Toronto is a massive, bustling metropolis with several unique neighborhoods and diverse people. Each time I visit, I always wish to stay for a few more days. (This may also be because I have a very talented, creative, and outgoing group of friends located there who always welcome me so warmly when I visit). In this special gallery, please enjoy several expansive aerial views of Toronto in all its urban splendor.
11 galleriesWithout a doubt, Vancouver is one of my favorite cities in the world, and the only major city I would not have any reservation or remorse to make my permanent residence if given the opportunity. This is significant given the number of times I have relocated in my years on the planet. Vancouver is an urban gem that, in the past, was frequently overlooked in the shadows of Toronto and Montreal. However, in the 21st century, Vancouver truly has become recognized as an international centre of cosmopolitan culture, diverse people, and an incredibly pleasant environment. The 2010 Olympics cemented Vancouver's identity as a world city that welcomes people of every walk of life. On a much more personal note, Vancouver is the city in which I truly discovered and fell in love with the exciting, incorrigible thrill of night-time photography. In the late evenings of November 2008, I had my camera and a previously unused tool called a tripod. After several hours of capturing the light trails of Burrard Street and Gastown, I was *hooked* and have never ever looked back. Experience this visit and vision of Vancouver, a city that embellishes its urban expanse alongside its natural beauty, both packaged with a stylish, cosmopolitan vibe that makes it so attractive to residents and visitors alike. Vancouver has it all.
2 galleriesVictoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, located off the mainland of the country, on Vancouver Island (not be confused with the City of Vancouver, which is situated on the mainland). Even though British Columbia's capital is on an island, in distance, it is not far from either Vancouver (62 miles / 100 km) or Seattle, Washington, USA (also 62 miles / 100 km). Ferries and planes make Victoria accessible to visitors and commuters from both cities. With its very intimate inner harbour hosting a marina of sailboats, yachts, and ferries, Victoria is a very attractive and alluring city. There is a certain coziness about this locale that gives Victoria the impression of a smaller, friendly town rather than a major city. Part of the beauty of the city is that many of its most famous landmarks and attractions are reachable by foot or bicycle. Walking around the city, prepare to be dazzled by the elegant architecture of the British Columbia Parliament Building (especially when it's lit at night), or the charm of Beacon Hill Park, where you will be greeted by several ducks and blue herons. Enjoy some fine-dining at the renowned Empress Hotel or spectacular views of the city and harbour at Vista 18, located atop the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites. Any activity you decide to partake in promises to be an enjoyable one in Victoria!