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

Stadium

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

Park

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

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4. Riverdale Park

Park

On the other side of the city, Riverdale Park offers views of the Toronto skyline from the east side. Its location means that an ideal time to catch some stunning panoramic views is when the sun is setting.

5. Chester Hill Lookout

Park

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

Park

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

Bridge

From the Bathurst Street Bridge
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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

Nightclub

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

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