You are looking at Lake Ontario, which is approximately 6,000 years old, 193 miles long, 53 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 802 feet. In surface area, Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes. The largest waterway feeding into the lake is the Niagara River located twelve miles west of here. Many smaller lakes flow into the St. Lawrence River east of here.
On a clear day it is possible to see Toronto across the lake. Toronto, originally called York, was founded in 1793 as a defense post to guard against the threat of United States invasions. York was incorporated as the city of Toronto in 1834. The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century and immigration after 1945 caused the city to grow tremendously. Toronto, with over 2.5 million residents, is a culturally diverse city with a prosperous economy.
CN Tower This 1,815-foot tall building is the signature piece of Toronto's skyline. Since 1976, Canada's National Tower has been the world's tallest self-supporting structure. In 2006, at 1,465 feet, the tower's Space Deck was the world's highest observation deck.
Toronto Dominion Bank Tower This 731-foot-tall, 56 story building, completed in 1967, was designed by noted architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. It was Canada's tallest building until the CN Tower was constructed.
First Canadian Place This 978-foot-tall, 72-story building, has been Canada's tallest office building since 1975. First Canadian Place has the tallest sign in the world, The Montreal Bank logo, but lost that distinction in 1997. Over 10,000 people work in the building and more than 16 million visit it each year.
Canada Trust Tower This 856-foot-tall, 53-story building is one of the most distinct in Toronto's skyine. Completed in 1990, the building's lobby is connected to a glass galleria designed by world-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
Commerce Court West Completed in 1972, this 784-foot 54-story building with its stainless steel exterior was designed by I. M. Pei, one of the 20th century's most successful architects.
Bay Wellington TowerCompleted in 1991, this 679-foot, 49-story building has totally column-free office floors. The square surfaces of the tower make it appear as two, depending on your view.
Scotia Plaza This 902-foot-tall building was completed in 1988. The unique V-shaped design emphasizes the building's top floors. Over 8,000 people work in this 68-story building.