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We Tried to Go Urban Exploring and We Failed Miserably

We Tried to Go Urban Exploring and We Failed Miserably

Both Adam and I have recently been getting more into photography, so we decided give Toronto urban exploring a try.

We didn’t really know where to start, so we figured Toronto’s Entertainment District and Financial District would be the best areas.

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Toronto Financial District

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

We started off our adventure at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

We were hesitant because we thought we would get kicked out as soon as we walked in, but no one even blinked an eye.

It was really nice inside the hotel, but we didn’t get any good photos.

We moved onto the Financial District and got a few cool shots.


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Urban exploring in Toronto's Financial District | top street photography locations in Toronto | best places to take photos in downtown Toronto | where to take city street shots in YYZ | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

TD Centre

The courtyard by the TD Centre is one of my favourite spots in the city.

It’s a quiet little area of greenery in the heart of a concrete jungle.

The metal cows add a nice touch as well.

It’s a cool spot to visit during the day or at nighttime!

LOCATION: 100 Wellington St. West


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First Canadian Place

We came across the First Canadian Place building (which has really nice marble walls if you’re looking for somewhere to take #OOTDs).

Luckily there was someone in the elevator with us because we couldn’t get anywhere without a key pass.

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The man asked us where we were going and we told him we were just taking photos.

He was nice enough to show us around his office and give us a tour of the different views it had.

He led us to a room with a view of the rooftop hockey rink.

LOCATION: 100 King St. West


Urban exploring in Toronto's Financial District | top street photography locations in Toronto | best places to take photos in downtown Toronto | where to take city street shots in YYZ | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog
Urban exploring in Toronto's Financial District | top street photography locations in Toronto | best places to take photos in downtown Toronto | where to take city street shots in YYZ | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Brookfield Place

We knew we’d get decent photos at Brookfield no matter what so we went there.

It definitely looked prettier during the holidays with all of the lights, but it was still cool.

LOCATION: 181 Bay St.


Urban exploring in Toronto's Financial District | top street photography locations in Toronto | best places to take photos in downtown Toronto | where to take city street shots in YYZ | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

And thus ended our brief urban exploring trip because I had an assignment due the next day and Adam wanted to go to the gym.

We’ll probably try again when the weather gets warmer.

Have you gone urban exploring in Toronto? What are some of your favourite areas to explore in the city? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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