Where to Go in Toronto for Panoramic Views

Toronto skyline
Toronto skyline | © Taxiarchos228 / WikiCommons

The Toronto skyline is rapidly evolving, with apparently no end in sight to the high-rise condo construction boom. Many popular vistas of the city are almost unrecognizable when compared with similar views from just a few years ago. All the same, the most striking views of Toronto continue to be captured by professional photographers and avid Instagrammers alike. Here are 10 of the best spots for getting panoramic views around the city.

2. The BMO Field


BMO Field stadium in Toronto, Canada
© Valentino Visentini / Alamy Stock Photo
Even if you’re not into soccer, watching a Toronto FC game at the BMO Field is worth it for the stunning view of the city skyline that the stadium offers – even amid the screaming, red-and-white clad fans.

3. Humber Bay


On the west side of Toronto, the shores of Humber Bay in Etobicoke offer many unobstructed views of the downtown area off to the east. If you can get up early enough, watching the sun rise over the city from this area is particularly spectacular.

Humber Bay Park, Toronto, ON, Canada

View this post on Instagram

mornings on the lake look like this 🚲

A post shared by emily 🌿 (@epaskev) on

5. Chester Hill Lookout


5. Chester Hill Lookout
© Meri Tosh/ Flickr

A well-kept secret, Chester Hill Lookout offers a similar angle of the city as Riverdale Park – but in a more secluded setting. Here, you can look over the vista of the city skyline along with the Don Valley Parkway, the Prince Edward Viaduct, plus the Evergreen Brick Works.

Chester Hill Lookout, Toronto, ON, Canada

View from Chester Hill | © Meri Tosh / Flickr

6. Toronto Islands


Taking the short ferry ride over to the Toronto Islands from Queen’s Quay Terminal offers a prime view of the city’s skyline. Whether you’re walking or cycling around the islands, you’ll have the chance to enjoy views of the city from an entirely new perspective.

7. Bathurst Street Bridge


From the Bathurst Street Bridge
© JasonParis / Flickr
The Bathurst Street Bridge crosses over Toronto’s railway corridor and offers an unusual view of the downtown core. When strolling or jogging along the bridge, you’ll want to take a photo of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, which by some trick of perspective, appear much closer than they really are.

8. Leslie Street Spit

8. Leslie Street Spit
© Tania Liu/ Flickr

Accessed by foot or bicycle, the Leslie Street Spit provides an alternative to the ferry and offers a similar view as the one from the Toronto Islands. A fascinating tidbit: excavated material from various 20th-century Toronto projects was used to build the Leslie Street Spit.

Leslie Street Spit, Toronto, ON, Canada

A vista from the Leslie Street Spit | © Tania Liu / Flickr

9. Polson Pier


9. Polson Pier
© Allen MacGregor/ Flickr

Toronto’s Port Lands, a windswept and industrial area, has parks and a marina that get busy during the summer months. As party-goers heading to and from the nearby local nightclub/entertainment complex Rebel know, the docks along Polson Pier provide a great diagonal view of the skyline up Yonge.

Polson Pier, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto’s skyline from Polson Pier | © Allen MacGregor / Flickr

10. Canoe Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant

10. Canoe Restaurant

If you’ve got some money to spare, Canoe is an elite dining experience that offers beautiful panoramic vistas of the Toronto Harbourfront and downtown areas, which you can take in while enjoying Canoe’s upscale Canadian fare.

Canoe, 66 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 364 0054

Canoe Restaurant, Toronto | © Cindy La

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article