The 10 Best Views of Toronto's Iconic Skyline

The Toronto skyline is impressive no matter how many times you catch sight of it, or how many times the iconic view pops up in your Instagram feed. Whether at sunrise or sunset, during sunny weather or through clouds, the iconic cityscape never ceases to inspire awe. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next Instagram post, or you’re just looking for a great place to see Toronto’s skyline, here are ten of the places to catch the best views of Toronto.

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Trillium Park

View from the Summit at Trillium Park
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Address
955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9, Canada
Phone
+1 416-314-9900

One of Toronto’s newest parks, on the grounds of Ontario Place, is also home to one of the best spots to get a fantastic view of the city. The waterfront park consists of 7.5 acres of public green space, as well as the 1.3-kilometer William G. Davis Trail which runs along the lakeshore. The trail was named in honor of Bill Davis, who was the Premier when Ontario Place first opened in 1971 and links up with the Martin Goodman Trail. In terms of those aforementioned views, head to the Summit, located at the southern tip of the park, where the rolling hills provide clear views out over the lake and the city. 

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Chester Hill Lookout

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Address
Don Valley Pkwy, Toronto, ON M4K 1V4, Canada

One of the best spots to take in beautiful views over Toronto (in particular Don Valley Parkway and the downtown core) is still a bit of a hidden gem. Chester Hill Lookout is located off Broadview, north of the Danforth and the peaceful spot is a favorite among city photographers. This is also a great spot to catch the sunset and even do some stargazing.

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Leslie Street Spit

View of downtown Toronto from Tommy Thompson Park
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Address
1 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2, Canada
Phone
+1 416-661-6600

If you’re looking for a great place to walk, run or bike—and get an unobstructed view of the Toronto skyline, make your way to Leslie Street Spit, a man-made peninsula which extends five kilometers into Lake Ontario from the base of Leslie Street. In addition to Instagram-worthy views of the city, Leslie Street Spit is also home to Tommy Thompson Park, which has some of the best bird watching opportunities in Toronto.

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Thompson Hotel Rooftop

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Address
550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4, Canada
Phone
+1 416-640-7778

Anyone looking for a chic, stylish venue to go along with their views of Toronto should try to snag a seat at the Thompson Hotel’s exclusive rooftop lounge. Here, order a cocktail and gaze out over the epic 360° views of the downtown Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. Depending on the weather, there’s also an infinity pool as well as cabanas for lounging. 

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CN Tower

Toronto at night as seen from CN Tower
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Address
301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
Phone
+1 416-868-6937

You can’t have a list of places of where to get the best views of Toronto without including the CN Tower. Toronto’s most well-known attraction might be one of the costlier ways to see the city from above, but the views are worth the price of admission. You have several options for where you can situate yourself, including the LookOut level at 346 meters (1,136 feet) with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window walls, the Glass Floor where you can look 342 meters (1,122 feet) straight down, the SkyPod (which is one of the highest observation platforms in the world) and if you’re really feeling daring, take in the views from outside the tower via EdgeWalk

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Toronto Islands

Toronto Center Island view towards downtown with ferry and CN Tower
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Address
Centre Island, Toronto, ON M5J, Canada

One of the best perspectives of the Toronto skyline is from the water. Specifically, on the way to or back from the Toronto Islands. All you need to do to experience that view is get yourself on a ferry to the islands (Wards Island, Hanlan’s Point or Centre Island). The ride takes roughly 10 to 15 minutes and costs $7.87 round trip.

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Polson Pier

The City of Toronto reflected in Lake Ontario just before dawn as seen from the Polson Pier, Toronto, Ontario
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Address
11 Polson St, Toronto, ON M5A 1A4, Canada

There’s a lot going on around Polson Pier, including Cabana Pool Bar, Sound Academy and other entertainment options. But the main attraction—at least if you want to snap some pictures of the city skyline—is simply the area itself.  Spend some time taking a stroll along the dock at the pier for a picturesque peek at the city, as well as to explore the up and coming Port Lands.

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Humber Bay Shores

Toronto views from Humber Bay Park
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Address
Humber Bay Shores, Toronto, ON, Canada

Make your way to the shores of Humber Bay in Etobicoke—ether Humber Bay Park East or West—for some seriously unobstructed views of the downtown area off to the east. Walk along the water and see the skyline unfold before you—there’s really nothing quite like it.  

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Prince Edward Viaduct

Prince Edward Viaduct
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Address
Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, Canada

This historic bridge in Toronto was completed in 1918. The bridge spanning the Don River, connecting Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue, offers some impressive views of the valley below. If you happen to be on the Danforth, make a point of seeking out the Prince Edward Viaduct for a unique perspective on the city.  

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Riverdale Park

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Address
550 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N6, Canada
Phone
+1 416-392-2489

Make your way to Toronto's east end to Riverdale Park East for even more epic views of the city's stunning skyline. In addition to the chance to snap some great photos of that aforementioned view, the popular park near Danforth Avenue and Broadview Avenue also features an outdoor public pool, three multipurpose sports fields, a running track, seven tennis courts, picnic areas and more. The park is also a popular spot for sledding in the winter.

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The 10 Best Views of Toronto's Iconic Skyline