Mar 23, 2009 - Back in Time Over Toronto
A few months ago I found a very interesting blog called Toronto Before
and have followed it ever since. The blog author, Alden Cudanin, updates it regularly with new/old perspectives of Toronto, often asking if people can figure out where a photo was taken.
Last week I saw a few posts about the old Palace Pier
, located where the Humber River meets Lake Ontario. It was amazing to see photos from historical archives and realize how much the waterfront has changed!
Viewing Alden's blog, I remembered that I had some similar shots taken while flying over Toronto.
A few years ago, I was considering the pursuit of a private pilot's license. Using PC-based flight simulators, I started learning the basics including instrument navigation, radio communications, how to read the weather, and even ILS landings.
After much deliberation I decided against this hobby, at least for a few years. The problem with most good hobbies is they're expensive, flying an airplane is no exception, so I opted out of this plan to leave $$ for other pastimes.
Last week I dug through my own photo archives to locate shots taken in 2002 while flying over Toronto in a Cessna 172.
We departed from Buttonville airport and went south towards Lake Ontario. The pilot gave me a first-hand experience in zero-gravity, a sudden altitude drop, and what it feels like to have your stomach in your throat. For a few minutes I took control of the airplane. It was remarkably different from the experience I had flying on a computerized flight simulator. For the rest of the flight I was snapping shots with my camera.
Attached are some photos taken on the flight along with a few of what Palace Pier looked like many years ago. The colour shot of the mouth of the Humber River is looking west, the black & white is facing east.