If the recent surge of rooftop photos have taught us anything it's that Toronto looks spectacular from the air. But where rooftoppers can't go, remote-controlled drones equipped with video cameras can, delivering stunning footage of the city from otherwise impossible angles: an aerial shot of the Rogers Centre on game night, High Park from above the trees, the Scarborough Bluffs as seen from the water, and a top-down tour Spadina Ave.
Here are my picks for the top 5 drone videos of Toronto.
Epic Drone Selfie at Scarborough Bluffs
This simple drone video shows off the spectacular majesty of the Scarborough Bluffs in the style of this earlier film taken at Lake Champlain taken near Burlington, New York. That man in sportswear at the end? A random jogger who decided to elbow in on the action.
CN Tower & Rogers Centre
Roundhouse Park is a perfect drone launch point for the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre as evidenced in this video that includes gratuitous shots of the ballpark and the Islands at sunset. It's also an impressive visualization of just how tall the CN Tower really is.
High Park Toronto
Centring on High Park, this video by the same team made the CN Tower film (above,) shows off the impressive tree canopy around High Park, Grenadier Pond, and the neighbourhoods east of Roncesvalles. An creative variety of shots keep the video interesting.
Spadina Ave. from above
This 13-minute trip down Spadina Ave. does a good job of showcasing the street's impressive streetcar infrastructure. The complex tangle of tracks at College, Dundas, and Queen streets look brilliant from the air, and there's even a cameo appearance by one of the new streetcars near the start of the video.
The Toronto Public Library
The Toronto Public Library just completed a $34 million renovation of its central downtown location and this drone video shows off many of the new or improved features, including the impressive Charles and Marilyn Baillie Special Collections Centre and TD Gallery, and study pods. It's also worth watching for an impressive view of the building's massive central atrium.
Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.
by Chris Bateman via blogTO