Toronto Landmarks: Top 10 Places to See in Toronto in 2024
Are you new in Toronto? Moving to a new city, even for a short period, can be exciting. Lucky for you, as one of the major cities in Canada, Toronto has many beautiful attractions to offer you. Take your time to explore the city. Start from Toronto landmarks, great places that showcase the city’s rich history, cultural diversity, and architectural splendor.
Top 10 Toronto Landmarks that Every Traveler Should See
On your trip to Toronto, don’t miss visiting the top famous landmarks in Toronto:
1- CN Tower
As one of the seven wonders of the modern world, CN Tower is definitely the most well-known Toronto landmark. You can see this enormous 553-meter high tower from any place in Toronto downtown. Completed in 1976, CN Tower is now part of the identity of every Torontonian. But this giant construction does not only serve as an urban symbol, but it offers many exciting activities as well.
360 The Restaurant
Who doesn’t want to have a nice dinner at a revolving restaurant, above all the skyscrapers of the city, while gazing at the twinkling lights of distance? Sounds dreamy, right? It takes almost 70 minutes for this 360 The Restaurant to make a complete turn, and then it stops for three hours.
With a wide range of dishes and beverages for all tastes and types, this award-winning restaurant is hosting guests daily from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Make sure you reserve your seat in advance.
Want to hear about the best part? Following your meal, you can access to the LookOut (breathtaking panoramic view of the Toronto) and Glass Floor (walking on glass panels at 342 meters) for free, if you purchase the prix fixe for each guest.
Looking for a restaurant to go on a date with your loved one? CN Tower’s 360-degree restaurant will be a great date idea in Toronto.
This one takes a lot of courage to try! As the name indicates, this is a full circle hands-free walk on a ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s central pod. Sound thrilling, right?
Where to Stay near CN Tower
CN Tower is located near Harbourfront in Downtown Toronto. You can find several short-term rentals in Toronto with a breathtaking view of CN Tower.
Here are some options:
- Studio Apartment in Temperance Street. Located on the 50th floor, you will have a breathtaking view of the city above the clouds.
- Premium 1 Bed Room Apartment in Adelaide Street. Located on the 11th floor of a skyscraper, this apartment has a wonderful view of the city and CN Tower.
2- Roger Center
Do you like sports? Roger Center is one of the Toronto landmarks for those in love with sports, especially baseball! While you are staying in one of the waterfront condos Toronto, you can enjoy watching a great game at Roger Center, home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. Also, if you’re lucky enough, your favorite singer might have a live performance in this magnificent stadium.
Where to Stay near Roger Center
Since Roger Center is located next to CN Tower, you can stay in any of Toronto studio apartments in Harbourfront
3- Eaton Center
The Toronto Eaton Center is a major and most attractive shopping center and office building in the downtown Toronto, which is located next to the residences of Temperance building and one of the best places for our Short Term Rental travelers. Cadillac Fairview (CF) owned and managed this complex.
For people who love shopping, Eaton Center will be the perfect choice in Toronto. It has 230 stores and restaurants and is considered the busiest shopping mall in North America.
Furthermore, it owes part of its popularity to the its location in Downtown Toronto, with great access to subway and public transportation. Therefore, getting to this location is much easier than you think. Especially if you rent an apartment in Dundas or Richmond Street.
It was named after Eaton’s chain of department stores that anchored it once before the chain collapsed in the late 1990s. The Toronto Eaton Center attracts the highest number of visitors to any of Toronto’s tourist attractions. The Toronto Eaton Center is the busiest shopping mall in North America due to its extensive transit exposure, downtown proximity, and tourist congestion.
Where to Stay near Eaton Center
You can simply choose one of Tirbnb properties. If you are looking for a studio to stay near this Eaton Center, check out the following condos:
- Premium Apartment by Eaton. 1-bedroom apartment located on the 50th floor in the heart of the Business District.
- Skyscraper Core Biz District. Located in a walking distance to Eaton Center in the Temperance Street.
4- Nathan Phillips Center
Located at the intersection of two of the most crowded and important streets in Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square is definitely one of the best places to see in this vibrant city, which is also considered a great landmark in Toronto. Nathan Phillips was the Mayer of Toronto during the mid-50s and the early 60s. Viljo Revell and Richard Strong were the architectures of this city landmark.
Due to its suitable location between Bay Street and Queen Street West, soon, this structure became a popular place for public events such as national celebrations and even demonstrations. It is good to mention that Nathan Phillips Square covers an area of around 5 hectares, which makes it the largest city square in Canada. Moreover, this symbolic square has about 1.5 million visitors annually.
Where to Stay near Nathan Phillips Square?
If you are interested in attending one of the Nathan Phillips Square Events, you better find a place in downtown Toronto to easily reach this landmark. Luckily, some of the Tirbnb’s short term rentals are located in the vicinity of the square. Here is a list of the available properties which is located in Temperance Street.
5- Royal Ontario Museum
Undoubtedly, the Royal Ontario Museum is one of the best museums in Toronto. It is an art, world culture, and natural history museum in Toronto. Additionally, it is one of the vastest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. More than one million people visit this great museum every year, which makes the ROM the most visited museum in Canada, too.
The museum is located north of Queen’s Park, inside the University of Toronto district. From Bloor Street West, you can find the main entrance. The Museum subway station is named after the ROM and has been decorated to resemble the institution’s collection since the renovation of 2008.
The museum’s diverse collections of the world, including more than 6,000,000 objects and 40 galleries, is the cultural and natural history that contributed to its international reputation. The museum contains a collection of dinosaurs, minerals, and meteorites, Canadian and European historical artifacts, as well as African, Near East, and East Asian art.
6- Union Station
One of the landmarks in Toronto is a railway station called the Union Station. With more than 250000 visitors per day, this station is the busiest transport hub in Canada. Therefore, whether you want or not, you will definitely pass this station once during your stay in Toronto.
Union Station has been the National Historic Site of Canada and one of the main Toronto landmarks since 1975.
Where to Stay near Union Station
If you are planning to stay near Waterfront and especially Harbourfront neighborhood, it is better to take a look at Top Three Waterfront Condos in Toronto.
7- The Distillery District
The Distillery District is a residential and commercial district and one of the best Toronto landmarks. It is situated east of downtown and contains numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops built within the heritage buildings of the old Gooderham and Worts Distillery.
What you’re going to find is a spectacular combination of old and new. An exciting mix of Modern Gothic architecture and beautiful 21st-century fashion and creativity. The consequence is an internationally acclaimed village with one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, offices, bars, cafes, theatres, and more.
8- Casa Loma
Casa Loma (in Spanish means Hill House) is a Gothic Revival style castle and garden in the heart of midtown, now a historic house museum and Toronto landmark. It was designed between 1911 and 1914 as the home of Sir Henry Pellatt, a financier.
In 2016, Casa Loma was named by BizBash as the Best Location in North America. The corporate acquisition of the Liberty Entertainment Group started in 2014, and since then, there have been significant improvements to the treasured landmark.
9- Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is an ice hockey museum and considered one of the Toronto landmarks. It’s a museum, and a hall of fame is dedicated to the history of ice hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame was founded by James T. Sutherland, former President of (CAHA), the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. If you love this fantastic sport, it’s a good idea to take a look at this museum.
10- Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
The Art Gallery of Ontario is situated in the Grange Park area of Toronto, on Dundas Street West, between McCaul and Beverley Roads. The museum’s large complex is home to 45,000 square meters of space, making it one of the largest art museums in North America.
Its addition to display rooms, the museum now contains an artist-in-residence office and laboratory, dining facilities, assembly areas, gift shop, library and archives, a theatre and lecture hall, a research center, and a workshop.
From the iconic CN Tower piercing the skyline to the historic Casa Loma, Toronto landmarks offer a compelling experiences for visitors and locals alike. These landmarks not only serve as notable attractions but also contribute to the city’s identity and serve as symbols of community and pride. No matter for what purpose you are visiting Toronto, don’t miss visiting these wonderful places.
The best and most popular Toronto landmark with wonderful panoramic view of the city is the CN Tower. Another notable option is the Toronto Islands, which provide a unique vantage point of the city skyline. Additionally, the rooftop of the Thompson Toronto hotel and the Casa Loma also provide captivating panoramas of the cityscape.
The most famous landmark in Toronto is arguably the CN Tower. Standing at 553.3 meters (1,815 ft), the CN Tower is an iconic symbol of the city and a major tourist attraction. It offers not only breathtaking views of the city and Lake Ontario from its observation decks but also features a revolving restaurant, EdgeWalk (an outdoor hands-free walk on the edge of the tower), and a variety of educational exhibits.