New City Hall Tours

New City Hall, which replaced Old City Hall in 1965 to accommodate a rapidly growing city, is the current seat of Toronto’s municipal government. Designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, winner of the city’s international competition, City Hall is comprised of two curved towers as well as Nathan Phillips Square, Canada’s largest public square.

The Basics
Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto on Queen Street West, New City Hall is a stop on most private tours, which typically include nearby attractions such as Kensington Market, the University of Toronto, and the Bell Lightbox Theater. Private tours eliminate the stress of navigating and offer the flexibility to customize the itinerary. The City of Toronto’s website also offers a self-guided tour, which provides little-known facts about City Hall’s highlights, from a mosaic made of nails in the main entrance to a hidden time capsule.

Helicopter tours provide rare birds’-eye views of Toronto landmarks, including Lake Ontario, the CN Tower, and New City Hall. From above, New City Hall has been said to resemble a giant unblinking eye, giving it its nickname “The Eye of Government.”

Things to Know Before You Go
  • New City Hall is a must for history and architecture buffs.
  • The two entrances for the underground parking lot are on Bay Street and Queen streets.
  • New City Hall is wheelchair accessible.
  • Bathrooms are located in the East Hall basement.

How to Get There
New City Hall’s central downtown location makes it easily accessible using Toronto’s public transit system. The nearest transit stops are Queen metro station, Queen Street and Bay Street on streetcar 501, and Dundas Street and Chestnut Street on bus 505. In addition to bike racks on both the east and west sides of City Hall, a dock for Toronto’s bike share program is located on Bay Street.

When to Get There
Nathan Phillips Square, located in front of City Hall, is a public space used for a range of events, including farmers’ markets, movie screenings, and winter ice skating. A full calendar is available on the City of Toronto’s website. In addition, City Hall’s 27th-floor observation deck is open once a year during Doors Open Toronto. City Hall is open to the public from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Rooftop Views
City Hall’s podium green roof is the largest publicly accessible green roof in Canada, and one of Toronto’s hidden gems. Opened to the public in 2009, the roof offers a quiet respite from the bustle of city life, with benches, walkways, and terraces that offer rare views of downtown. In addition to providing a quiet public space, the roof saves the city money and energy by insulating City Hall and improving the surrounding air quality.
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Address: 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2, Canada
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Private Toronto Guided City Tour

Explore Toronto’s history, culture and top attractions like a VIP during this 2.5-hour private sightseeing tour by luxury sedan or SUV. Sit back and relax in your high-end ride as you visit top Toronto sights including the CN Tower, one of its six Chinatowns, the Harbourfront, the Hockey Hall of Fame and historic Fort York, plus much more. As you travel, enjoy fun Toronto commentary and trivia from your guide, along with tips on where to eat, drink and hang out during your stay. Please note: Tour is priced per group. Choose between a luxury car that seats up to 3 people or a luxury SUV that seats up to 6 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto

See the city of Toronto and the surrounding region on this stunning 7-minute helicopter flight.  Soar over the largest city in Canada with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Toronto’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the iconic CN Tower, the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and the beautiful Lake Ontario waterfront. This incredible flight covers almost nine miles and includes one keepsake digital photo (delivered online) plus a printed souvenir picture. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 7 minutes
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14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto

See the city of Toronto and the surrounding area on this stunning 14-minute helicopter flight.  Soar over the largest city in Canada with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Toronto’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the iconic CN Tower, Casa Loma, High Park and the beautiful waterfront. This incredible flight covers almost 22 miles and includes one keepsake digital photo (delivered online) plus a printed souvenir picture. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 14 minutes
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$197.77 USD
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Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

Get to know the best of Toronto on this guided, 3.5-hour bike tour. Learn about the history, culture and architecture of the largest city in Canada, along with some of its fascinating stories and facts. Ride through the bustling downtown district as well a few scenic areas off the beaten path. This tour includes the sights and sounds of the CN Tower, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall and much more. Use of a bike and helmet, plus granola bars and water are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$64.77 USD
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Toronto Private Tour

When visiting Toronto, enjoy a private, guided, 2.5-hour tour for up to three people. Choose from a morning or early afternoon departure, then explore many of the city’s architectural wonders, like the iconic CN Tower and nearby Rogers Centre; the Royal Ontario Museum of art, world culture and natural history; the bustling Toronto Entertainment District; the affluent Yorkville neighborhood; St. Lawrence Market, recognized as the top food market in the world and much more. Downtown Toronto hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$210.17 USD
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Toronto Downtown Private Walking Tour

Explore downtown Toronto like a local with this unforgettable private walking tour that showcases the best of this diverse city. Spend two hours wandering entertainment hubs, financial centers and architectural landmarks with an expert guide. Walk the famed PATH--Toronto's underground passage that connects 28 kilometers of sites. Make stops at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Center, Brookfield Place and more with this unforgettable tour that hits all of Toronto's highlights. Please note: Tour is priced per group for up to 4 people
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$114.64 USD
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