Top Ten Photo Spots in Toronto

“Toronto is a kind of New York, operated by the Swiss” – Peter Ustinov

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Toronto is massive. Its sprawl swallows neighbouring towns and communities whole, ever-expanding itself like an amorphous blob on the Ontario map. In the city core, tall glass buildings defy physics, stand stoically against the crashing hell that is a Canadian winter. Bright summer sun paints rich colour reflections like a kaleidoscope onto the streets below. Toronto is a photographer’s mecca, where the people are as rich and diverse as the city’s varied architecture. This city is one of the most multi-cultural in the world. Distinct groupings of people from around the world have come together here, content to live in a mosaic of the human palette, that is more mosaic than a melting pot.

CN Tower - Photo by Supremelysab
CN Tower - Photo by Supremelysab

We admit, as Canadians, we take Toronto for granted. Toronto itself is a beautiful multi-cultural tapestry of culture that buzzes with unseen energy. Soaring skyscrapers, endless natural spaces, and vibrant city life all permeate this Canadian city. Living amongst the visual wonders of this community, we have become somewhat inoculated to its unique charm. But as photographers, we are blessed. Every time we step out into this majestic city, we do so with fresh eyes, and every time we find something new and exciting to capture through our lens. In today’s post, we share our very favourites with you. Here are our top ten photo spots that you must hit on your next visit to the Big Smoke of the North.


Toronto Museum Subway Station

One of the most photogenic Subway Terminals in the world. The Toronto Museum Subway Station features a number of sculptures and modern additions. When visiting Toronto this photo spot is a must visit during any visit to the big city.


Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley - Photo by Patrick Tomasso
Graffiti Alley - Photo by Patrick Tomasso

Toronto is full of vibrant street art. So much so that they have dedicated an alley in the Fashion District to the art form. Covering several blocks this photo location features hundreds of expansive and extremely high-quality graffiti murals. A perfect shooting location for urban model shoots and other photographic styles.


Sharpe Centre for Design

Sharp Centre For Design - Photo by Shawn M. Kent
Sharp Centre For Design - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

There are a lot of interesting architecture photography opportunities in Toronto. But perhaps no building is as interesting and fun to shoot as the wild Sharp Centre for Design.


299 Queen St. West

299 Queen St. West - Photo by Shawn M. Kent
299 Queen St. West - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

Home to CTV, Bell Media Headquarters, CP24 and other television stations. The truck crashing through the wall of the building offers an interesting perspective in the city and a challenging subject for the wandering photographer.


Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum - Patrick Baum
Royal Ontario Museum - Patrick Baum

Perhaps most notable for its unique blend of architecture, modernist styling collides dramatically with the cathedral stone structures of this iconic Toronto landmark. Within its halls can be found seemingly endless corridors of photogenic museum displays, history and art. Known locally as the “ROM” this museum is a must for any visitor.


Toronto Skyline from Olympic Island

Toronto Skyline - Photo by Amarpreet Kaur
Toronto Skyline - Photo by Amarpreet Kaur

If you visit Toronto you have to take a shot of the beautiful city skyline. There is probably no better shooting spot than along the waterfront of Olympic Island. Easily accessible park area offers what is probably the best arrangement of skyscrapers with easy access to the waterfront to get good foreground.


Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park - Photo by Shawn M. Kent
Tommy Thompson Park - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

A big slice of nature can be found in Toronto at this Park. A little run down, but very expansive, it features marshes, waterfront views of the cities and is a heaven for bird photographers. If you are looking for a nature break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. This photo destination might be just what you need.


Humber Bay Arch Bridge

Humber Bay Bridge - Brian Jones
Humber Bay Bridge - Brian Jones

An iconic pedestrian bridge in Humber Bay is a very popular photography location. The white curve of its tied arch bridge construction makes for unique angles, and its beautiful location makes it extremely photogenic. Nearby Sheldon Lookout is also a popular spot for getting an angular view of the city on clear days.


Casa Loma

Casa Loma - Photo by Larry Koester
Casa Loma - Photo by Larry Koester

Next is this beautiful castle style estate in the heart of the city. Casa Loma is without a doubt one of the top photo destinations in the 416. Besides the stunning gardens, tours and other photo opportunities, did we mention it is freaking castle? You must visit this bizarre and interesting photo spot.


Toronto City Hall

Toronto City Hall - Photo by Cornelia Schneider-Frank
Toronto City Hall - Photo by Cornelia Schneider-Frank

Toronto City Hall is a great photo spot, offering many interesting angles and photo opportunities in Nathan Phillips Square. As a result, this area is well worth a visit. We recommend shooting this location at night as the light show is spectacular.

Toronto is an awesome place to get amazing photographs. Whether you shoot professionally or just want to fill your Instagram feed, you will find many epic Toronto photo locations. Be sure to let us know your faves by leaving a comment below.

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