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.
One of Toronto’s newer 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.
Chester Hill Lookout
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. Either way, bring your camera.
Leslie Street Spit
If you’re looking for a great place to walk, run or bike—and get an unobstructed view of the Toronto skyline while you do it, 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.
Thompson Hotel Rooftop
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.
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.
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 $8.19 round trip and is a great way to soak up stunning skyline views.
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.
Humber Bay Shores
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.
Prince Edward Viaduct
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.
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.