Where to Get the Most EPIC Views of Toronto
There’s no denying that Toronto is a beautiful city, with a breathtaking skyline, vast bodies of water and stunning architecture. Whether you’re taking a stroll, riding your bike or going for drinks with friends, there are certain places that provide epic views of Toronto. From rooftop bars to gorgeous parks, here are 7 places to see the city at its finest.
Trillium Park is Toronto’s newest park on the grounds of Ontario Place and it offers stunning views of the city. The park features 7.5 acres of public green space, perfect for picnics, taking a stroll and leisurely bike rides. Head to the summit on the southern tip of the park to get an epic view of the water and skyline.
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Located in Toronto’s east end, head to the Broadview Hotel rooftop for delicious eats, signature drinks and beautiful views of the city and Don River. The 7th-floor rooftop features a 360-degree glass facade, pyramidal skylight, and a broad indoor/outdoor terrace, making it a perfect location for drinks with a view.
3. Kensington Market Parking Garage
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If you’re willing to climb a few flights of stairs, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Toronto in the heart of Kensington Market. The Kensington Market parking garage is a little-known spot that works perfectly as a city lookout. You’ll get one of the most urban views the city has to offer.
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Hotel X is Toronto’s newest luxury hotel with a tri-level rooftop sky bar. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, looking out at breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Toronto skyline and gorgeous views of Lake Ontario. Enjoy appetizers and signature cocktails while checking out one of their four stylish spaces: The Perch, The Nest, The View or The Nook.
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If you’ve ever taken a ferry to the Toronto Islands and looked back towards the city, you’ll know what an amazing view of the skyline you get from the boat. Not to mention the views you can get from the islands themselves. Hop on a ferry over to Wards Island, Hanlan’s Point or Centre Island and check out the city sights. Make a day of it and rent bikes, go to the beach, pack a picnic, and head to the water for canoeing or kayaking.
6. CN Tower
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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the CN tower. One of the world’s tallest free-standing structures, there’s no surprise that the views from the top are spectacular. It may be a costly way to see the city, but it’s definitely worth the price. Check out the LookOut level with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, the glass floor with direct views down, and the Sky Pod, one of the highest observation platforms in the world. And don’t forget the Edge Walk if you want to see Toronto views from the outside.
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Located up on the 51st floor of the Manulife Center, The One Eighty is an upscale restaurant with epic views of the city. Enjoy plates like truffle gnocchi and crispy pork belly with seasonal cocktails, and head out to the patio for 180-degree views of Toronto.
Where else can you get the most epic views of Toronto? Let us know in the comments!
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.