Polson Pier in a Polar Vortex in Polson Pier, Toronto
This is Polson Pier, one of the most prized locations from which to shoot photos of the Toronto skyline. Most photographers and Instagrammers know of this area on the harbor, but visitors wouldn’t think or know to come here. In fact, it’s so desirable as a photographic location that some Torontonians will visit repeatedly at different hours of the day to capture the perfect image of the dramatic skyline and CN Tower at sunrise, sunset and the blue hour on a clear day. On this particular morning, I braved the -20 degree celsius (-4 degree fahrenheit) temperatures, precarious winds and icy conditions with friends to snap this shot with my iPhone. It reminds me that, even in a polar vortex, Toronto is still beautiful. I nearly gave my fingers frostbite and twisted my ankle, but it was worth it.
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