Toronto is beautiful at all times but during the summer the city has a special shine. That shine sparkles from aboard a boat on Lake Ontario.
Sailing along the city's coast you are treated to a view that is just a little different than from land. As Constable Scott Cornett of the Toronto Police Service said today, our city without the CN Tower looks like many others, including New York City from the water.
Toronto is concrete. Its walls stretch up into the clouds. New construction hits its peak during the hot summer months, with cranes peering out into the landscape like giant birds.
During the summer the water pulls at us. The lure of the gentle waves calms the soul.
In the downtown area there may not be beaches with water but sand beaches have appeared. Sunbathers lay on loungers, perhaps dreaming of being in the Islands.
In the old days Toronto was a huge port city. Commerce crowded the waterways with huge boats carrying products far and wide. Today few of the big boats are around but there's plenty of sailboats out enjoying the waves.
Toronto is the most culturally diverse city in North America but from the water those cultures aren't as evident. What is in view is a beautiful gem glistening in the sun.