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Top 10 Skyscrapers to Check Out in Toronto

Top 10 Skyscrapers to Check Out in Toronto

Top 10 Skyscrapers to Check Out in Toronto

Being the capital of Canada and home to the second-largest financial district in North America, skyscrapers are the most recognisable feature of Toronto. These buildings have helped define the city and give it its distinctive beauty.

Why are there many skyscrapers in Toronto?

There are many skyscrapers in Toronto because it is a very dense and highly populated city. This means the demand for land has outpaced its supply. 

This is partly due to the volume of job opportunities in Toronto, which means there is a need for more spaces and residential units to accommodate the influx of people.

As of 2023, Toronto has a total of 81 skyscrapers and 36 under construction. The city is actually currently ranked 20th in the world with the most completed skyscrapers. 

If you’re visiting Toronto and want to see some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, we’ve got you covered! Here are our top 10 picks for some of the city’s most impressive structures.

1. The St. Regis Toronto

The St. Regis Toronto
Photo by The St. Regis Toronto –
Height237m (776 ft)
ArchitectZeidler Partnership Architects
Address325 Bay Street, Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsMarriott Hotel

The St. Regis Toronto is a mixed-use skyscraper located in the heart of Downtown Toronto.

It was originally opened as Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto in 2012 but was later changed due to controversy. 

The tower has 65 storeys that include luxury hotel rooms, events venues, and residential condominiums.

The hotel has an impressive 59,050 sq. ft. rooftop spa and fitness center that guests can conveniently use.

2. First Canadian Place

First Canadian Place
Photo by Ken Lund | Flickr
Height298m (978 ft)
ArchitectB+H Architects
Address100 King Street West, Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsBank of Montreal

First Canadian Place is a 72-storey building in the Financial District of Toronto. It was completed in 1975.

The building is owned by the Manulife Financial Corporation. It is currently the international headquarters of the Bank of Montreal.

The First Canadian Place is Toronto’s tallest skyscraper and the 15th in North America. It is also the third tallest-free standing structure in all of Canada, next to CN Tower and Inco Superstack.

3. CN Tower

CN Tower
Photo by Carson van Tol on Unsplash
StoreysEquivalent of a 147-storey building
Height553.3m (1,815.3ft)
ArchitectWZMH Architects: John Andrews, Webb Zerafa, Menkes Housden
Address290 Bremner Blvd., Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsToronto Transit Commission, Bell Canada

The CN Tower is a communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It has been called the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years and is one of the most recognisable structures in Canada.

The tower is used as an observation deck and also for broadcasting television signals. It can be accessed by visitors using elevators, stairs, or escalators.

At 1,815 feet tall, it is the tallest free-standing structure in North America. The tower also houses other attractions such as a 360-degree observation deck and restaurants.

4. Scotia Plaza

Scotia Plaza
Photo by Scotia Plaza
Height275m (902ft)
ArchitectWZMH Architects
Address240 King Street West, Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsScotiabank, Plus One, Winners

Scotia Plaza is an office building located in Toronto’s Financial District. It’s the third tallest skyscraper in Toronto and the second tallest office building. 

It was built in 1977 and was Canada’s tallest skyscraper at that time. To this day, it remains one of Toronto’s most recognisable buildings.

The tower is 68 storeys tall, with a total height of 274 metres. It also has over 2 million square feet of office space.

5. TD Canada Trust Tower

TD Canada Trust Tower
Photo by Paul Bica on flickr
Height261m (856ft)
ArchitectBregman + Hamann Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Address161 Bay St., Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsToronto Dominion Bank

The TD Canada Trust Tower is a 54-floor office building in Toronto, Ontario located within the Brookfield Place complex.

Beside the TD Canada Trust Tower is its twin building, the Bay Wellington Tower, which is linked by the Allen Lambert Galleria.

The tower offers coworking spaces and meeting rooms with a view of the Toronto skyline.

6. Aura Condos

Aura Condos
Photo by TensaZ on
Height272m (892ft)
ArchitectGraziani + Corazza
Address388 Yonge St. Suite 7910, Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsIkea

Aura Condos is a mixed-use building with retail and residential space. The building was completed in 2014 and stands 79 stories high.

It’s now the tallest residential building in Canada.

A tunnel links the structure to the nearby College Park complex, which houses the College subway station.

The building has a patio on the 5th floor that can be used by residents of the building, and it has a 40,000-square-foot fitness facility inside.

7. Commerce Court West

Commerce Court West
Photo by Commerce Court –
Height239m (784ft)
ArchitectYork & Sawyer Page + Steele Architects I.M. Pei & Partners
Address1199 Bay St., Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsCanadian Imperial Bank,Deutsche Bank, B2B Bank

Commerce Court West is an office building complex consisting of four towers. West Court is the tallest of the four, with 57 storeys.

Commerce Court West is the headquarters of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, taking the 7 storeys as their office.

The buildings are linked to Toronto’s downtown by the PATH network, a system of underground pedestrian tunnels.

The building is a 3-minute walk to the famous Hockey Hall of Fame.

8. Bay Wellington Tower

Bay Wellington Tower
Photo by Dan | Flickr
Height208m (682ft)
ArchitectBregman + Hamann Architects
Address181 Bay St., Toronto
Notable offices/occupantsMoody’s Investor Service, The Boston Consulting Group

Bay Wellington Tower is a 49-storey office tower that sits next to the Canada Trust Tower. It has a twin peak or double spire compared to the Canada Trust Tower’s single spire.

The building is surrounded by theatres, convention centres, arenas, and other amenities. It offers over 1 million square feet of office space and 43,000 square feet of retail space.

Now the Bay Wellington Tower ranks as the 19th tallest building in Toronto. 

BONUS: 1.  Concord Sky (Under Construction)

Concord Sky
Photo by Concord Sky | UrbanToronto
Height299m (981ft)
CompletedUnder construction
ArchitectKohn Pederson Fox Architects Alliance
Address391 Yonge St., Toronto

The Concord Sky is a mixed-use skyscraper in Toronto, Canada that is currently under construction.

Upon its completion, the building will become the tallest building in Canada if completed before the One, which is also under construction.

It is centrally located on Yonge Street which is close to universities such as the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

It is also close to medical centres and the Eaton Centre. The Concord Sky will offer an incredible view of Toronto’s skyline for a more elevated experience.

BONUS: 2. The One (Under Construction)

The One
Photo by The One – The Skyscraper Center
Height338m (1,109ft)
CompletedUnder construction
ArchitectFoster and Partners Core Architects
Address1 Bloor St W, Toronto

The One is a skyscraper that is currently being built in Toronto, Canada. When finished, it will be Canada’s tallest structure.

It will be taller than First Canadian Place at 338 metres and 94 storeys. Its estimated completion year is 2024.

Restaurants, event venues, two sizable boutiques, a luxury hotel, and other amenities will be found on The One’s first 18 floors.

Hyatt Hotel will operate in the said building starting from the 4th to the 16th floor of the building. The building will also include an outdoor pool and 4 penthouse units.

FAQs about Toronto Skyscrapers

If you’re looking for a spectacular view, check out some of these towers that we’ve listed above!

Have you visited any of these skyscrapers? Which of these is your favourite? 

Let us know in the comments below!