The Toronto skyline is a stunning sight to behold, both to those who see it every day and anyone visiting the city for the first time. As the largest city in Canada, Toronto has an expansive skyline; it borders the waterfront and is a blend of commercial and residential freestanding high-rise buildings that dominate the horizon.
The tallest of the Toronto skyscrapers is the CN Tower, which rises 1,815 feet and is the second-tallest freestanding structure in the world. It is a communications and observation tower, meaning that while it has great height, it doesn’t have back-to-back floors available for habitation. It does offer beautiful views of the city from the observation decks, which are located at 1,135 feet and 1,465 feet.
The First Canadian Place, located in the financial district of the Toronto skyline, reaches 978 feet and ranks as the tallest habitable building in the city. It houses the Toronto headquarters of the Bank of Montreal. Scotia Plaza (902 feet) is the second-tallest building in both the city and the country, followed by the TD Canada Trust Tower (856 feet) and Commerce Court West (784 feet).
From the CN Tower, views of the city and surrounding Toronto skyscrapers are stunning. The tower ranked as the world's tallest building until the completion of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It remains the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and is the signature focal point for visitors to Toronto. A major tourist attraction drawing millions of visitors each year, the CN Tower makes a perfect backdrop to create souvenir Toronto skyline pictures—or a great vantage point for taking them.
There are plenty of entertainment options in the bustling city center. Located along the waterfront and set against the Toronto skyline, the Ontario Place complex provides three manmade islands for a day of picnicking, sailing, biking, amusement areas, volleyball, golf, and tennis courts.
There are also a few islands in Lake Ontario that are very close to the city, and in addition to having great attractions of their own, they offer great views of the Toronto skyline looking back across the water. They’re easy to reach as well, with ferry service leaving regularly from the docks. At Centre Island, for instance, there is a 600-acre amusement park that has rides, games and food.
The island also has picnic areas, bike and boat rentals, snack bars, and restaurants. For fun, play a round of Frisbee golf, play in the wading pools, or take a historic tram tour. At Hanlan's Point, you can rent bicycles, play tennis or volleyball, enjoy two beaches during July and August, or tour the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse built in 1808. The lighthouse is Toronto's oldest stone building. Hanlan's has picnic tables, fire pits, and restrooms.
Sports fans can see the Toronto Blue Jays in action at Rogers Centre. Enjoy a game or make plans to attend other sporting events, ice shows, and concerts. Whatever the event, Rogers Centre is a good choice for taking Toronto skyline pictures. The center is within walking distance of Union Station, making it convenient for transportation options.
One iconic building that is not part of the skyline per se but is still well worth a visit is Casa Loma. This magnificent estate is a Gothic Revival house that was built in 1914 and resembles a castle. You can take a self-guided tour of the castle, tunnel, secret passages, and the five-acre gardens. Casa Loma means “Hill House,” and from this vantage point, there are beautiful views of downtown, providing the perfect backdrop for taking more Toronto skyline pictures.