17 Awesome Things to Instagram in Toronto

Where to find the best city spots to post on Instagram

There’s a lot of things in Toronto worth photographing. The city is blessed with an abundance of green space, beautiful beaches, a diverse array of neighbourhoods, an instantly recognizable skyline and some unique architecture – all of which inspire a countless stream of Instagram posts. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, if you’re looking for some of the best spots in Toronto to snap a post-worthy pic, here are 17 of the best.

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    Nathan Philips Square

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    ••• Nathan Philips Square.

    One of Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks also happens to be one of its most Instagram-worthy no matter the season. Located across from City Hall, Nathan Philips Square is always a hive of activity whether there’s a special event happening, a concert, or farmer’s market.  

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    Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion

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    ••• Entrance to Sunnyside Pavilion. Image courtesy City of Toronto via Flickr

     This beaux arts-style beauty on Toronto’s waterfront dates back to 1922. After having undergone numerous renovations through the decades, the impressive structure lives on and makes for beautiful Instagram shots if you happen to be nearby to soak up the sun at Sunnyside Beach or grab a drink on the lakefront patio at Sunnyside Café.

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    Sugar Beach

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    ••• Pink umbrellas of Sugar Beach. Image courtesy Instagram.com/elisapingret

    Probably one of the pretest spots to hang out on the sand is Sugar Beach. The whimsical pops of pink courtesy of vibrant beach umbrellas make this a particularly photogenic spot. You may not be able to swim here, but you can chill out in one of 150 Muskoka chairs with a book or a cold drink.

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    HTO Park

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    ••• HTO Park on the waterfront. Image courtesy Instagram.com/zoeclaremurray

    If pink umbrellas don’t inspire you to get out your phone to snap a picture, maybe yellow ones will. HTO Park is another urban beach on Toronto’s waterfront, featuring Muskoka chairs, bold yellow beach umbrellas, a sandpit and beautiful lake views.

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    Art Gallery of Ontario

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    ••• Art Gallery of Ontario. Image courtesy Instagram.com/sophiamaylee

    The Art Gallery of Ontario was transformed in 2008 by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and the results are stunning. It’s no surprise that the building’s expansive wood and glass façade shows up on many an Instagram, as does the beautiful spiral staircase.

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    Skyline from the Toronto Islands

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    ••• Skyline views from the Island. Image courtesy Instagram.com/meaghanrochelle

    The iconic shot of Toronto’s skyline taken either from the Toronto Islands or the ferry going to the Islands is one of the most popular vistas to photograph – with good reason. It’s hard to resist a skyline that pretty, no matter the season or time of day. 

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    Graffiti Alley

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    ••• Vibrant Graffiti Alley. Image courtesy Instagram.com/bpineauv

    This vibrant alleyway which runs south of Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street beginning at 1 rush lane, is a justifiably popular spot to nab insta-worthy snaps. It’s bold, it’s bright, it’s fun and it looks great on Instagram.

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    High Park

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    ••• High Park. Image courtesy Instagram.com/highpark_to

    Whether you’re snapping a pic of the cherry blossoms in full bloom, Grenadier Pond, Hillside Gardens or the canopy of changing leaves once fall hits, there’s always something Insta-worthy at High Park, which also happens to be the city’s largest park. 

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    Distillery District

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    ••• Cobbled lanes of the Distillery District. Image courtesy Instagram.com/andreawats

    The cobblestone streets and Victorian-era buildings to Toronto’s historic Distillery District make it one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods. Filled with art galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants, the area is, not surprisingly, oft-Instagrammed.  

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    Scarborough Bluffs

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    ••• Beautiful Scarborough Bluffs. Image courtesy Instagram.com/adhireza19

    As soon as you lay eyes on the Scarborough Bluffs it’s not hard to see why they’re worthy of a space on your Instagram feed. The Bluffs stretch for about 15 kilometres along the Lake Ontario shoreline and comprise several different east end parks. Rising more than 60 metres above the clear blue water, the erosion has sculpted the bluffs into unique (and Insta-worthy) shapes. 

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    Aga Khan Museum

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    ••• Exterior of the Aga Khan Museum. Image courtesy Instagram.com/agakhanmuseum

    Stunning inside and out, Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum’s clean lines and contemporary design make it well worth a spot on anyone’s Instagram feed. The museum was designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, who used light as his inspiration for the design. Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection contains over 1000 artifacts dating from the 8th century through to the 21st century. 

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    Kensington Market

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    ••• Colourful Kensington Market. Image courtesy Instagram.com/gregorymethod

    There’s always something to see and do in Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s most eclectic and vibrant neighbourhoods. If you happen to be there on a Pedestrian Sunday, which happen on the last Sunday of every month until the end of October, these days are particularly ripe for Instagram-worthy pics thanks to a colourful array of street performers, food carts, craft vendors and more. 

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    Gooderham Building

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    ••• Gooderham Building.

    Probably better known as the Flatiron Building, this iconic spot that sits where Front, Church and Wellington Streets meet dates back to 1892. The iconic building is another of Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks and is forever being photographed by both locals and tourists in the city. 

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    Humber Bay Arch Bridge

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    ••• Humber Bay Arch Bridge. Image courtesy Instagram.com/sunnyside_to

    There’s just something about bridges that make them perfect for posting in Instagram and Humber Bay Arch Bridge is no exception. The 139-metre pedestrian bridge was completed in 1996 and it’s the only one of that style and type in the city. The eye-catching bridge spans the mouth of the Humber River and looks great on Instagram from every angle. 

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    West Toronto Railpath

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    ••• West Toronto Railpath. Image courtesy Instagram.com/patrickjm84

    Walking or biking along the West Toronto Rail Path it’s easy to see why it winds up on Instagram on a fairly frequent basis. The industrial vibe, pops of greenery and the odd metal sculpture or splash of graffiti, combined with the feeling that you’re somehow insulated from the city make it a great spot for photo ops. The railpath runs from Cariboo Avenue, just north of Dupont Street West in the Junction to Dundas for now. Expansion plans are in the works. You’ll also find Henderson Brewing Co. on the Railpath if you’re there and get thirsty. 

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    Evergreen Brick Works

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    ••• Evergreen Brick Works. Image courtesy Instagram,com/not.markus_aurelius

    Make the trip to the Evergreen Brick Works means you’ll be rewarded with lots of chances to snap some Insta-ready photos. Whether you’re browsing Toronto’s biggest farmers' market, checking out the native and edible plants in Koerner Gardens, taking a break at Tiffany Commons or exploring the parkland surrounding the Brick Works, there’s no shortage of photo-ops. 

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    CN Tower

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    ••• CN Tower from below.

    This list wouldn’t be complete without Toronto’s most iconic structure. Whether you’re snapping it from below, from the top, or as part of the city skyline there’s almost no way to take a bad picture of the CN Tower.