Top 10 Canadian places featured on Instagram
Instagram recently revealed its list of the top places in Canada featured in Instagram photos this year. Given the size of the population (and some of the events going on this year), it’s not surprising that southern Ontario holds down seven of the top spots. You’ll also find British Columbia and Montreal. Here’s the list.
1. Niagara Falls. One of the most photographed places in the world, Niagara Falls has been attracting tourists for centuries. You’ll get great shots from the boat rides below the falls with Hornblower Cruises, or you can try something in winter or at night with the floodlights on. Also worth trying is the Journey Behind the Falls, where you can take an elevator deep inside the rock behind the falls and also clamber out onto a platform for nice viewing. (see photo).
2. Rogers Centre/Blue Jays Game. Having the team in the thick of the playoff hunt and bombing home runs out of the building on a regular basis was certainly a boost to the Rogers Centre’s Instagram status this year. Photos from directly behind home plate are nice if you have a wide-angle lens. Or try a telephoto shot of that next round of Josh Donaldson high-fives at home plate.
3. Air Canada Centre. Again, successful sporting teams and a large population base give the ACC a huge leg up on the competition. Not only do they have the Raptors and an improving Maple Leafs hockey team, they also get boosted by concerts from the likes of Drake and The Tragically Hip. Best photo will be when the Leafs win the cup and finally end their drought. No promises on timing for that.
4. Toronto Pearson International Airport. More than 40 million folks trek through Pearson every year. The shopping and food options are getting better all the time. They also have some nice interior art and bright public spaces that make for nice Instagram photos.
5. Canada’s Wonderland. There’s no shortage of good photos to be taken at a place that sends folks spinning around and upside down on roller coasters. Things might get a little shaky, so be sure to practice for your photos by having a buddy drive you along one of Toronto’s many pothole-filled roads on your way to the park.
6. Old Port of Montreal. Authorities have done a great job of fixing up Montreal’s waterfront. There are zip lines and children’s playgrounds and lovely walkways along the St. Lawrence River. They’ll be doing a massive light display on the Jacques Cartier Bridge next year as part of Montreal’s 375th birthday.
7. CN Tower, Toronto. A shot from the Toronto Islands is the classic CN Tower shot. You also could try the glass floor, which freaks a lot of people out and gives good facial expressions. Better yet, try the EdgeWalk, where folks pay good money to be strapped into a harness with weighty cables and then deliberately lean out over the edge from more than 356 metres (1,168 feet) in the air.
8. Vancouver International Airport. YVR has a lovely design that definitely reflects a sense of place; with native/aboriginal art work and tons of mossy greens and blues. There’s even a giant aquarium. The totem poles and wood carvings make great Instagram shots. Try getting down low on the ground for a dramatic looking photo.
9. Molson Ampitheatre, Toronto. The acts aren’t as high-profile as at the Air Canada Centre, but a night on the lawn or under the awning at this outdoor spot on Lake Ontario is a lovely place to be on a summer’s night. Canadian musical icons Blue Rodeo play here every summer. Try to get close to the stage for a shot of your favourite star. Or go all the way to the back of the lawn and try to capture the whole scene, including part of the city skyline.
10. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. One of the world’s top resorts. The Peak to Peak Gondola runs between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and takes you across a deep valley that’s great for photos. You also can try the Olympic rings at the top of the mountain and the ones in Whistler Village. There’s also a cool Inukshuk at the Village Gate welcome site.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: There’s a seat sale at airtransat.com. Flights from Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale in January are listed from $299, while return flights to Cancun start at $429 and London from $599. Sale runs Dec. 7 to 11.
Jim Byers is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Email: email@example.com.