M.Student: Gabriel Olah

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Nov 25, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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M.Student
: Gabriel
Olah

I.

Research Questions

II.

General aspects of the Great
Lakes

III.

Lake
Ontario as an important place for developing
Tourism

IV.

Toronto

V.

Hamilton

VI.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

VII.

Conclusions




Which is the most important aspect that
reveals the purpose of this research project?



Which is the actual touristic status of the
Hamilton City?



Is
tourism a real good friend of the huge
Toronto paradise?




Seen from above, from one of the NASA’s
Radar Topographic Mapping satellites, the Great Lakes
appear to cinch North America’s midsection like a belt,
their cluster forming an aquamarine clasp set slightly off
-
center on the geographic waistline of the continent.
From
such a weight their immensity is apparent, but we need to
draw much closer to appreciate their true nature
.”


(Wayne Grady, The Great Lakes,
The natural history of
a changing region
,
p.5, 2007
)


Fig
1.1
The Great Lakes Basin (source: Wayne Grady: The Great Lakes
,


The natural history of a changing region
, p.7)


Fig 2.1 The Lake Ontario (source: Lake Ontario encyclopedia, p. 7)


Lake
Ontario
is
sparkling and beautiful. Except at
its western end, where Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo are
situated, its shoreline is sparsely populated: 49 percent of its
watershed area is still forested, compared with 21 percent
for Lake Erie.


At
18,960 square kilometers (7,320 square miles), it
is the smallest of the Great Lakes in area, but, as Wilfred
Campbell noted in his somewhat boosterish
The Beauty,
History, Romance and Mystery of the Canadian Lake
Region
, just before World War I, Lake Ontario is big enough
that “all the navies of the world could float within its
confines.”
(Wayne Grady, 2007, The Great Lakes,

The
Natural history of a changing region, p.30)



Localization:



Toronto

city is the capital of the province
of

Ontario, located in the south
-
eastern

Canada.



It
has the most populous metropolitan area in
Canada and, as the most important city in Canada’s
most prosperous province, is the country’s financial
and commercial centre.




Fig
4.2
Touristic Map with Toronto’s attractions (source: Toronto & central Ontario
road map, Peter
Heiler

Ltd,
Toronto)



Toronto’s
most iconic attraction is
definitely the CN Tower, which is by far the
tallest free
-
standing structure in the western
hemisphere, and it now includes
Edge Walk,

a
thrilling hands
-
free walk on an outside ledge of
the tower.




It is not easy to reinvent a city. Cities are
made reinforced concrete, brick, and metal. Office
towers and subway tunnels don’t yield readily to the
forces of change. Highways and sewer systems don’t
lend themselves to metamorphosis.”


I
f
a city is perceived in a particular way, it
takes a tremendous amount of energy and inspiration
to reimagine it as something radically different and
better
.”



The Mayor of Toronto
David
Miller



A
new and fascinating idea comes from
the book of Jason
McBridge

and Alana Wilcox,
Utopia, which narrates few stories of their
friends. One of them talks about
Velo

City
.



A future Toronto invaded by a huge
circular tube whose purpose is to facilitate the
bicycle circulation. The huge flow of this great
city concerns lots of the city officials. The
answer is the
Velo

city.


Fig 4.5
Velo

City Conception, Jason
McBridge

and
Alana Wilcox, Utopia:
Towards a new Toronto

Localization


Hamilton
Ontario is located along the
shores of Lake Ontario and along the edge of the
Niagara Escarpment. As a result there are a lot
of waterfalls in the Hamilton area.



Fig 5.7 The map of Hamilton (source

Lake Ontario
encyclopedia, p. 10)


Hamilton is the waterfall
Capital
of the
world! And it has 126 FALLS.



Obviously not all one hundred and
twenty six falls are that spectacular. But I tried
to make a list of the most important and
beautiful ones. So in the next few pictures you
can admire the precious treasure of Hamilton.

The Webster Falls The
Tews

Falls Borers Falls


Sherman
Falls

Chedoke

Falls Albion Falls





The
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
(GTHA)

is a contiguous urban region that is composed of
some of the largest cities and metropolitan areas by
population in Ontario, Canada. The GTHA consists of the
City of Hamilton,
Halton

region, Peel region, the City of
Toronto, York region, and Durham region
.



The population of the combined area is 6,574,140
as of 2011, and is projected to grow to 8.6 million by 2031
.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Toronto_and_
Hamilton_Area)


Fig 7.1 “The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area” (source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GTHA_map.png)






All the field and library research lead me to the conclusion that this part of
the Lake Ontario represents a pearl that is for so many reasons neglected and
also disregarded by the people and also by the competent authorities. It’s a
pity that as a treasures of the world, nature have to suffer because of the
human lack of interest.



Evan
if Hamilton used to be an important industrial town, the relation
between past, present time and tourists, transformed the city’s destiny into
something much more important than just a simple industrialized city with
monotonous and dull population.




I
n
spite of the great development of this great city, the touristic activity
affects the less natural city environment, causing damages to the
surrounding Lake. But there is a possible rehabilitation which involves
tourist masses and also the city people. Because what human creates can
very easy destroy, and conversely.