Category: Canada

Drowning in Glass – 2019

A former mixed use building containing retail stores and a restaurant on the ground floor and offices on the upper floors in the heart of Downtown Toronto.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rabbit Graphs – 2019

former mixed use building containing retail stores and a restaurant on the ground floor and offices on the upper floors in the heart of Downtown Toronto.

I am by no means a fan of the “green” movement that’s currently popular, there are many reasons for this but I am not going to get into this here. The topic that I will touch on is what the “green” movement doesn’t take into consideration. One of those things is the waste created by demolishing older buildings and replacing them with new ones. This photo is a great example of this since it shows the amount of waste that is created when you demolish a building. This is all just insulation and drywall from the interior demolition of just a couple of rooms. This large building was about 12 stories and using this photo as an example, you can imagine how much waste is created by demolishing one of these older buildings.

Another interesting fact to note is that the creation of concrete accounts for 8% of the world’s CO2 output and concrete is one of, if not the most popular building material used today.

Office Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Discarded – 2019

A former mixed use building containing retail stores and a restaurant on the ground floor and offices on the upper floors in the heart of Downtown Toronto.

We have many buildings in Canada that are heritage designated for various reasons, but unfortunately for a lot of companies looking to develop these sites with higher density in mind, they tend to see these designations as a hindrance rather than an opportunity.  Rightfully so, these companies are businesses after all and they need to make money, otherwise there would be no reason to redevelop a site in the first place.  The problem is Heritage designation in Canada does not mean a whole lot.  At best it protects the exterior of the building and at worst it only protects the facade which is only one exterior wall.  We need to find a way to better protect the historical buildings in this country, otherwise one day we will wake up to find that particular part of history has been erased almost completely.

Office Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Houseguests – 2018

The cluttered kitchen of this old farmhouse including family photos still on the fridge.

Abandoned House, Canada.

Hide & Seek – 2018

The sunroom inside this old farm house had a surprise waiting for me as I made my way inside.

Abandoned House, Canada.

The Only Way Out is Through – 2018

One of the many rooms inside a former hotel in downtown Toronto.

I visited this hotel shortly after it closed and it was filthy, because of the short time between its closing and my visit, I suspect it looked much the same as when it was still in operation.  The hotel is now demolished along with its rather interesting architecture and history that you see so little of in this rapidly developing city.

Waverly Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abandon Ship – 2018

Definitely one of my all time favourite explores, I mean how often do you find an abandoned boat!

An abandoned boat somewhere in Canada.

Kitchen Duty – 2018

Dishes and playing cards left inside one of the kitchens on this abandoned boat, somewhere in Canada.

Number One – 2018

A sleeper cabin aboard a forgotten fishing vessel somewhere in Canada.

The Globe and Mail – 2018

The former Globe and Mail headquarters that was located at 444 Front Street West.  Comstruction for the new development called “The Well” is under construction and will forever change the look of this area.Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario.