Top Picks for Pics
Toronto has numerous works of public art and tourist attractions that provide fun and memorable photo opportunities. Here are our top picks for pics:
Canoe Landing Park
Adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway and Roger’s Centre, Douglas Coupland’s Red Canoe is a snapshot of Canadiana where you can also get a great view of the CN Tower in the background.
CN Tower’s EdgeWalk
EdgeWalk offers the best background shot and vantage point of our fair metropolis from the ledge of the CN Tower. You can’t take your own photo here but two photos and a video are included in the experience price.
Inspired by the shorelines of Ontario’s Great Lakes, it replaces a narrow sidewalk with impressive curves that soar up to 2.6 metres above the lake and provides a great photo backdrop.
Our square is reminiscent of New York’s Times Square with myriad billboards in the background. The lights and colours showcase the excitement of our downtown core. (stand on the northeast corner for best shot).
South of Queen Street, our city-sanctioned alley complete with the works of arts from graffiti artists showcasing the underbelly of Queen Street. In the crevices of back doors and against the walls, this is a colourful setting for shutterbugs.
One of the most interesting pieces of art in Toronto is a former City News truck bursting through the wall of the CTV building at the corner of Queen and John, the location of the news channel’s former headquarters.
This $5 million sculpture at the Shangri-La Hotel’s exterior on University Avenue is inspired by a twisted root and covered with flights of stainless steel birds (also known as peace pigeons). It’s difficult not to want to take pictures of it.
Will Alsop’s colourful table-top structure located beside the Art Gallery of Ontario has caused a lot of controversy since its inception in 2004. A photo at this structure illustrates the quirky side of the city.
Toronto Skyline from the Toronto Islands
Looking for that picture perfect postcard shot of your trip? Whether you’re shooting from the islands or on the ferry, this is one of the best vantage points of our city’s skyline.
Galleria Italia at the AGO
One of the best photo opportunities at the Art Gallery of Ontario is the Galleria Italia. Famed architect Frank Ghery’s 50 foot high wooden beams were made to look like the inside of a tipped canoe.
Brookfield Place is an internationally acclaimed public space with the stunning vaulted Allen Lambert Galleria, a favourite backdrop for visitors. The space is also used for prominent exhibitions and art installations.
This park features a variety of sculptures and green space that provide memorable photos. Artist Jill Anholt’s dramatic “Light Showers” sculptures rise almost nine metres from the ground and provide the most striking photos.
The City Room of Four Seasons Centre
The City room is the glass-enclosed main lobby of The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, home to operas and ballets. It provides a view just as dramatic as the performances.
National Ballet School
The recently renovated school on Jarvis Street illuminates at night which gives a wonderful silhouetted view of dancers in the windows.
This Gothic Revival style house has 98 rooms on 5 acres of gardens has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, The Tuxedo, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Warehouse 13, Twitches Too and The Pacifier.
Marilyn Monroe Towers
Located in Mississauga, you won’t forget the Absolute Towers. They are curved like their namesake bombshell and have revitalized the region’s architecture.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The crystal-shaped structure of the ROM’s exterior captures the attention of passersby. You can get some great shots from the upper levels of both the Museum Tavern and Roof bar at the Hyatt across the street.
Named for its proximity to the Red Path sugar factory, this beach is a sweet spot to lounge in the summertime. The pink umbrellas dotting the beach with Lake Ontario in the background are fun images to remember from your Toronto jaunt.
Humber Bay Arch Bridge
This pedestrian bridge is a familiar site if you are driving on the Gardiner Expressway or Lakeshore Boulevard into the city. The bridge provides a great backdrop of the lake and a unique view of the west end of the city.