Union Station - A Beaux-Arts Gem

Union Station is both an important Toronto historic landmark and Canada's busiest passenger transportation facility. With its towering columns, majestic Great Hall and sweeping staircases the architecture of this building makes it a keen point of interest in the city. Click to book your Toronto tours.

A Commuter Hub

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Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto across from the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, about a quarter of a million passengers are served by Union Station each day. As the central point of both the city’s railway and subway transit lines, Union Station is a key part of the daily journey of many inter-city commuters as well as passengers travelling by Via Rail from many points across the country.

A Rich History

The building of Union Station began in 1913, but the outbreak of World War I delayed construction. It was completed in 1921 but did not open until 1927 because of legal disputes between the city and the railways. Union Station was officially opened to the public with great ceremony in 1927 by Edward, the Prince of Wales, with the Duke and Duchess of York as well as the Canadian and British Prime Ministers in attendance. Presented with a gold key to the facility, the Prince of Wales was also sold the first ticket at Union Station - a fare to Alberta that cost $71.20.

An Opulent Design

Like New York’s Grand Central Station, this stately building’s beautiful architectural details make it more than just a rail station- it is a proud Toronto landmark. Visitors entering the main entrance of Union Station pass by the towering exterior columns that are lit up at night, reflecting the classic Greek and Roman architecture that inspired the building’s design. Once inside, the expansive interior of the main floor known as the “Great Hall” is infused with natural light and features the destinations that the railway trains have journeyed to over the years engraved in the stone beneath the cornices. A team of architects worked together to design the building in the Beaux-Arts style, and the beauty of its marble floors, soaring vaulted ceiling and four-storey windows caused the Prince of Wales to remark during the official opening: “You build your stations like we build our cathedrals." In 1929, the first underground path was built in Toronto when Union Station was linked to the newly constructed Royal York Hotel. Click to book your Toronto tours.

Visiting Union Station

Union Station is located in Toronto’s downtown core at 65 Front Street West, between Bay and York Streets on the south side of Front. If you are taking public transit, it is located on the Yonge, University and Spadina subway lines. Guided tours of Union Station are offered on the last Saturday of each month by the Toronto Railway Historical Association.

Location: 65 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5J 1E6

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