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A different way to see Toronto

Toronto from above with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comThanks to our friends at Expedia.ca. this month I’ll be exploring Toronto a little differently in a couple of posts. Today, I’m sharing a bird’s eye view of Toronto – quite a different way to see the city – via helicopter! It’s something I’d never considered in my own city but last weekend we had the chance to escape the traffic gridlock and see our city from above – quite the perspective-changing trip!

Toronto from the air with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comFlying out of downtown Toronto, Toronto Heli Tours showcases Toronto’s many attractions including the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Harbour and so much more.

CN Tower and Rogers Centre and views of Toronto from the air with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat struck us was how green Toronto looks from above – something that we take for granted a little bit when we move around at ground level. But from above it’s SO much greener than you think…

Approaching Billy Bishop with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comView of Toronto from the air with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe flight we took was 7 minutes in total (sounds like it it too short but you cover a fair amount of ground – 15km or so – in that time) but be aware that you need to be at the Toronto side of Billy Bishop airport terminal at least 45 minutes before your flight so you can make your way to check-in for the flight 30 minutes prior. Finding Toronto Heli tours on the Island side of Billy Bishop airport isn’t complicated (when you book your flight you receive detailed instructions) but don’t leave it to the last minute as there are forms to fill out, a safety video to watch and a further safety briefing before you get on the flight – all of which does take around 30 minutes once you are in the correct building.

Approaching Billy Bishop airport and the CN Tower with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis tour takes place at 2,000 feet and an average speed of 160km/h.  The tour takes in the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in the West (a very different way to see the Ex!) heads on over to the Don Valley in the East and from Lake Shore boulevard in the South up to Bloor Street in the North.

CNE grounds and Toronto from the air with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.com View of the CNE in Toronto from the air with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comArriving at Billy Bishop airport with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comQuite the breathtaking view of Toronto!

CN Tower and view ot Toronto from the air with Toronto Heli Tours on eatlivetravelwrite.comExpedia actually offers a number of different options for exploring Toronto a little differently. Sometimes it’s nice to play tourist in your own city (I love to explore my own city, especially when it involves food!) and it is a great place to look for activities for out-of-town visitors if you need to find something for them to do while you are at work (my mum took the Kensington Market and Chinatown tour the last time she was here and had a blast)!

Tempted? Check out all the things to do in Toronto including walking and bike tours, water tours, private city tours (and beyond!), and the the classic Hop on Hop Off tours.

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Disclosure: Thanks to my friends at Expedia.ca for covering our helicopter tour of Toronto on this trip as part of the Big World Explorer programme. I have not received further compensation and everything is written based on my personal experience on this trip.

 

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2 Responses to A different way to see Toronto

  1. Geoff September 1, 2016 at 18:45 #

    You’re right. It is often very difficult to get a proper perspective of a city from ground level. It takes an aerial tour to do it… and a chopper is better because the visibility is so much better than from a fixed wing aircraft. Nice pics too, Mardi.

    • Mardi Michels September 2, 2016 at 06:53 #

      I was surprised how amazing the visibility was (it felt a little scary to be honest but that’s just me and heights/ vertigo) – certainly gave me lots of great photo opps!

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