The Toronto Eaton Centre is Toronto’s most popular attraction and the busiest shopping mall in North America. At more than 2 million square feet (200,000 square meters), the Eaton Centre features a glass galleria ceiling, a food court, and 235 stores, including Hudson’s Bay flagship location.
The Eaton Centre’s three floors house its many shops and boutiques, from major clothing brands to electronics stores. Urban Eatery, the mall’s food court, is located on the lowermost level.
Downtown Toronto walking and cycling tours often stop at the Eaton Centre and nearby landmarks including the Hockey Hall of Fame, City Hall, and the Harbourfront. Private city tours are a popular option, allowing you to tack a visit to the Eaton Centre onto the day’s customized itinerary. Alternatively, book a hop-on hop-off bus pass to explore Toronto at your own pace without the hassle of navigating.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The newly-installed Skybridge that hovers over Queen Street and connects Hudson’s Bay to the main Eaton Centre building is a must-see.
- With underground connections to a major transit hub and over 200 stores, the Eaton Centre is a popular rainy- or snowy-day activity.
- The mall has a food court and a range of dining options, from sit-down restaurants to fast-food joints.
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex.
- The Eaton Centre is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The Guest Services Desk on Level 2 offers loaner wheelchairs for a fully-refundable deposit.
How to Get There
The Toronto Eaton Centre, downtown on Yonge Street, is easily accessible via public transit. The nearest stops are Queen or Dundas on the Yonge subway line, Yonge and Queen on streetcar 501, and Yonge and Dundas on streetcar 505.
When to Get There
The mall is open from 10am to 9:30pm Monday through Saturday and to 7pm Sunday every day except Christmas Day. Popular holiday activities include the annual Eaton Centre tree lighting and the Visit with Santa event during December.
Eaton Centre’s Canada Geese
One of the Eaton Centre’s top highlights is a sculpture installation of 60 fiberglass geese made by artist Michael Snow in 1979. In 1982 Snow sued the mall, claiming that red ribbons added to geese’s necks for the holiday season distorted his work and damaged his reputation. Snow won, and the fiberglass geese have remained untouched ever since.