The Tallest Buildings in Toronto

The sprawling skyline of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The sprawling skyline of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The history of skyscrapers in Toronto is traced to the construction of the Beard Building in 1894, the city’s pioneering skyscraper. In the mid-1960s and 1970s, the city experienced a huge construction boom. Two more construction booms have been experienced in the city: one in the 1990s until the early 2000s and another which began around 2005 and is still ongoing. The architectural design of Toronto's cityscape reflects these time periods.

The Tallest Buildings in Toronto

CN Tower

The CN Tower is an observation and communications tower located in Toronto. The CN Tower is the tallest structure in the western hemisphere and was the tallest in the world when it was constructed. The 1,815-feet tall structure held the record for tallest structure in the world for 34 years before it was surpassed by the Dubai-based Burj Khalifa in 2010. The CN Tower was constructed by the Canadian National Railway Company in 1974, and it is from the company’s initials that the tower derives its name. The American Society of Engineers named the tower a national symbol, as well as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The CN Tower consists of 147 floors which are served by 99 elevators and was constructed at a cost of CDN$ 63 million. It receives more than two million visitors from around the world every year.

First Canadian Place

The First Canadian Place is a skyscraper located in Toronto’s financial district. Rising 978 feet, First Canadian Place is the tallest skyscraper in the city and is the city’s second tallest structure behind the CN Tower. The skyscraper was constructed in 1975 and is owned by Brookfield Office Properties. The building is comprised of 72 floors, 61 elevators and has the biggest office floor area in the city with an area of 2.7 million square feet.

Scotia Plaza

The Scotia Plaza is a skyscraper located in the financial district of Toronto. The building was constructed in 1985 by Olympia and York Company and was intended to be an extension for the headquarters of the Scotiabank. With 68 floors and 44 elevators, the Scotia Plaza towers 902 feet above the Toronto skyline and is the third tallest skyscraper in Canada and 22nd tallest in the northern hemisphere. It has a floor area covering 1.6 million square feet.

Brookfield Place

The Brookfield Place is an office complex comprised of two towering skyscrapers; Bay Wellington Tower and TD Canada Trust Tower. It is known for its impressive lobby, seen above. Brookfield Place was initially known as the BCE Place and was constructed in 1992. The highest tower rises 863 feet with 53 floors while the other tower is 682 feet tall and is comprised of 49 floors. The building complex is managed jointly by Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties.

Future construction

The Toronto skyline will soon have new entrants with several projects expected to be completed within the next five years. These projects include the Sky Tower Eau du Soleil which with its 748 feet is expected to rival the tallest of the existing skyscrapers. The Sky Tower Eau du Soleil is expected to be completed in the year 2018.

The Tallest Buildings in Toronto

RankBuilding NameYear of ConstructionHeight (feet)
1CN Tower19761815
2First Canadian place1975978
3Trump International Hotel and Tower2012908
4Scotia Plaza1988902
6TD Canada Trust Tower1990856
7Commerce Court West1972784
8ICE East 2015768
9Toronto-Dominion Tower1967731
10Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower2009715
11Shangri-La Toronto2012705
12Ritz-Carlton Toronto2011689
13Bay Wellington Tower1991682
14The L Tower2016672
15Four Seasons Hotel and Residences West2012669

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