Yes, much less dramatic today. The only two areas remaining with somewhat vertical cliff faces are just east and just west of Bluffers Park.
Amazing transformation! All 3 corner buildings have been replaced with condos and the Grand Hotel on the right is gone as well. Judging from the 'green jobs' slogan on the hoarding and the car models, the 'then' shot is not that old - probably mid 2000's?
Well that was certainly progress.
The original of the Hale version is in colour but it appears to copy one - painted in 1803 by Edward Walsh - see below. The copy of the Hale one at Fort York is annotated "There is no evidence that Mrs. Hale visited York in 1804 when she dated this watercolour, leading many to believe she copied it from someone else's sketch, possibly one by Edward Walsh." See: https://www.fortyork.ca/gallery/13-gallery/103-gallery-17931815.html#!1804_Part_of_York_Upper_Canada