14 of the best places to take winter photos in Toronto

Jan 3 2020, 3:23 pm

From warm days, to cold weather and snowy afternoons, Toronto’s winters provide some pretty incredible photo opportunities.

Here in Toronto, we’re already pretty spoiled when it comes to scenic views and sights, especially during winter when the icy landscapes are on full display in the background.

Give your Insta feed a much-needed dose of winter this season by heading to one of the best places to take winter pictures in or around the Toronto area.

From the heart of downtown Toronto to 300 feet above the ground, we’ve rounded up every incredible spot to take a winter photo. Just remember, pics or it didn’t happen…

Toronto Island


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While the Toronto Island is always an ideal spot to snap some scenic pics, its views are unparalleled in the winter when the frozen lake and icy skyline create the ultimate backdrop. And as much as you may be tempted, do not hop on that icy water. For safety reasons, make sure to stay on land and snap photos safely.

Niagara Falls


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Just over one hour west of Toronto you’ll discover some of the most spectacular sights in all of Canada. Featuring sweeping views of Niagara Falls, this stunning landmark is especially photographic during the winter months when the falls and the surrounding areas appear to be frozen in time.

High Park


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You can’t be a true Torontonian without paying High Park a visit, especially during the winter when the grounds resemble a snowy, winter wonderland. The best part is you’ll feel worlds away from downtown despite still being in the city.

University of Toronto


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You don’t need to be a U of T student to know that the downtown campus provides an incredible photo backdrop any time of the year. From the stunning architecture and courtyards to the sprawling campus, a visit to U of T definitely needs to on your winter photo bucket list.

Polson Pier 


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Even during the colder months, Toronto’s Polson Pier is a popular photo-op spot. With unparalleled views of the icy Toronto skyline, this location is definitely a must-see.

Sugar Beach

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While a visit to Toronto’s most photographable beach might not be at the top of your to-do list during the winter months, it’s definitely worth the visit when after a snowfall when the pink beach umbrellas pop against the stark icy sky background.

James Gardens


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Nothing will get you more psyched for winter than watching the snowfall at James Gardens. If you’re hoping to witness the ultimate winter display, this park is definitely worth the visit.

Nathan Phillips Square


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Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square is home to everything you need for a perfect winter outing. From the outdoor skating rink (which is free to use) to the massive Toronto sign and urban views of city hall, this spot needs to be at the top of your winter Instagram bucket list.

Humber Bay Park


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Located west of the city, you’ll find Humber Bay Park, home to some of the most scenic views in all of Toronto. Featuring sweeping lake and city skyline, this stunning park and its surrounding walking trails turn into a frozen winter wonderland during the colder months and the results are nothing short of amazing.

Bentway Skate Trail


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Toronto’s Bentway Skate Trail is a 220-metre figure-eight loop that runs below the Gardiner Expressway. You’ll come for the skating but leave with some incredible shots of the Toronto skyline from a whole new perspective.

Scarborough Bluffs

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While it’s no secret that the Scarborough Bluffs offer incredible scenic views year-round, it may be an underrated winter destination. Spend an afternoon walking along the trails bordering the bluffs, as you enjoy the views of Lake Ontario. Make sure to respect signs, stay off the cliffs, and enjoy this park safely.

Ontario Place


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Ontario Place has turned into a year-round destination, with the welcomed addition of Winter at Ontario Place, a winter-themed festival featuring an outdoor light exhibit, skating, and plenty of photo opportunities.

Riverdale Park


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Riverdale Park isn’t just known for having some of the most picturesque views of the Toronto skyline, it’s also home to an outdoor ice rink, and a massive tobogganing hill, making it a must-see during the winter months.

R C Harris Water Treatment Plant

While this might seem like an unusual spot to snap some pics, you’ll actually find some incredible views of the frozen lake and surrounding areas, unlike anything you’ll find downtown.

With files from Ainsley Smith.

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