Sleep is the Enemy
by Hobvias Sudoneighm
Toronto, with its abundance of restaurants, entertainment options, and hotel venues, can be an overwhelming city. Scouring the Toronto streets for the perfect restaurant to host a milestone birthday or for the best hotel for a special visit can be both daunting and challenging. Short of visiting every single restaurant or hotel in person (which will take you months, if not longer!), how can a person really get a sense of a Toronto location’s ambience? How can you accurately choose a location without seeing it in person?
The expansion of technology has provided us with more developed options than just text descriptions and pictures. Now, potential customers can use the internet to go on a virtual tour. A “virtual tour” is a simulation of an existing location, generally created through a compilation of video or media images. Unlike pictures, a virtual tour offers a panoramic, 360-degree, unbroken view of an area and allows a person to get a better sense of a location beyond what a mere picture would provide — such as size or depth. Often, people are most familiar with the concept of virtual tours based on those available for cars, where you can scroll through the interior of a car to get a 360-degree tour. Virtual tours can be very helpful in allowing someone to assess the interior of a location.
It has only recently become possible to virtually explore Toronto. Now, individuals can look at panoramic and interactive images of major Toronto restaurants and hotels to get a better feel of the places. How can you find these virtual tours? Here is a list to get you started! (Please remember, virtual tours generally require either Java or Flash).
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel virtual tour is both extensive and interactive, making it one of the best virtual tours out there. On the right-hand side is a list of potential floors you can view. Clicking on any of the floors provides you with a map, like a floor plan. For example, if you click on the “Accommodations” tab, you are provided with an interactive map displaying “Double” rooms, the Royal Suite, “King” rooms, the King Suite, the Specialty Suite, the Spa Suite, etc. You can then click on any of the rooms, or any activated part of the interactive map, to see a picture/description or panoramic view.
It’s absolutely fantastic; you can see exactly how your potential room would look, and all the guest amenities, meeting spaces available, pool and recreation services, and more. The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel virtual tour is detailed, interactive, and informative. Without a doubt, seeing the tour will allow you to ensure this hotel will suit your personal and business needs.
Imagine if you could see the view from Toronto’s major landmark without ever leaving your seat. The CN Tower virtual tour allows you to do just that, and will convince you that seeing the real view in person is worth it!
The CN Tower virtual tour will provide you with panoramic images from four major locations in the tower: the Tower Base (which is much like the view you have from the ground), the Glass Floor (the view you will have from the Tower’s famous Glass Floor that allows you to see down into the city’s streets), the Horizon’s café (which focuses partly on the gorgeous view available at the café, and the café itself), and a 360 degree view of the Toronto skyline that you can see right from the top of the tower.
Seeing the amazing virtual tour shouldn’t replace the in-person experience; instead, it should motivate you to view the gorgeous sights of Toronto!
Restaurant Virtual Tours via dine.TO
A virtual tour of a restaurant can be so helpful when deciding on a place to host a
party, a get-together with friends, etc. The restaurant size, layout, and ambience are all important features of a restaurant that are better and more accurately captured in a virtual tour, short of visiting the location in person.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a consolidated list of all the virtual tours for all the restaurants in Toronto? Luckily for you, dine.TO has kindly captured and listed virtual tours of restaurants all over the city! By exploring here, you can “visit” just about any restaurant in Toronto!
University of Toronto
One of Canada’s finest academic institutions, the University of Toronto attracts some of the brightest students and faculty from around the country, if not the world. Its encapsulation of a variety of architecture, strong academic focus, and physical size of its campus has made it a landmark for tourists and locals alike. Jumping on the virtual tour bandwagon, the University of Toronto has now made it possible for you to get a visual feel for all three campuses by watching videos, viewing pictures, and experiencing virtual tours here.
These are only a few examples of Toronto landmarks that have made use of a virtual tour. You can explore virtual tours on the City of Toronto website, on Youtube, and even on the websites of specific companies (such as real estate agents or restaurants). Taking a virtual tour will equip you with the knowledge of your desired Toronto location even before you walk in the door, and will save you considerable time.