Union Station is located at 65-71 Front St W, bounded by Bay St and York St, in downtown Toronto.
Previous Union Stations
Union Station, Toronto’s third, opened in 1927. The previous two Union Stations were also located on Front St; however, they were between York and Simcoe Streets and faced the water. The first was in existence from 1858 to 1873, while the second was in use from 1873 until 1927. Planners turned the entrance of the new station towards the City since the downtown was growing.
The Architecture of Toronto’s Beautiful Train Station
The station was a shared terminal of Canadian Pacific Railway and Grand Trunk Railway. The architects who designed the sweeping Beaux-Arts style gem included Montreal-based Ross & MacDonald as well as Hugh Jones and John Lyle. Construction of what is considered one of Canada’s finest examples of classical Beaux-Arts architecture began in 1913 but was delayed due to World War I.
The exterior is clad with limestone, rising the equivalent of 7 stories from the base. There’s a raised attic covered by a hipped roof in the centre block. The main entrances are behind 22 columns. The adjoining wings have flat-headed windows decreasing in height each storey. The end pavilions have hipped roofs and oversized round-arched entrances.
On the interior, the Great Hall features vaulted, tiled and coffered ceilings, barrel-vaulted windows, marble floors, substantial round-arched openings, and carved-in-stone walls are the names of the cities once serviced by the railways. There are stairs and a ramp leading to the concourses.
Throughout the building, there are original finishes, fixtures and hardware.
On a regular day, over 300,000 people pass through Union Station to commute on GO trains, buses, TTC subway and UP Express.
Visit the Union Station website for more history and details on the now glass-covered moat (2019), the beautiful West Wing waiting area with the oversized skylight, the SkyWalk, the train shed, shops, food vendors and more.