Toronto’s newest skyline vantage point isn’t some tall glass tower or impressive new public beach, but a flimsy-looking temporary structure that offers the public a sweeping view of the city skyline and the vast $1.3 billion project to rebuild the Port Lands.
However, this new attraction is only being opened to public spectators for brief periods — making it one of the most exclusive skyline viewpoints in the city.
The unassuming-looking tower wrapped in blue netting stands at the south end of the recently-opened Cherry Street South Bridge spanning the new naturalized mouth of the Don River, with an approximate address of 222 Cherry Street.
The four-storey observation tower, dubbed The Lookout by Waterfront Toronto, first opened to the public in late September 2023, when groups of public viewers were allowed to scale the structure and take in sweeping views of the rapidly transforming Port Lands and the skyline beyond.
The Lookout will be open to the public tomorrow, February 6 from noon to 2 p.m. Drop in and see the water in the new river valley!
More details and future drop-in times will be listed here: https://t.co/vcz228SuOf pic.twitter.com/uIivYgpWph
— Waterfront Toronto (@WaterfrontTO) February 5, 2024
Waterfront Toronto launched public access to The Lookout with an event highlighting the work of photographers Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker, who have visually tracked progress at the construction site for the Port Lands Flood Protection Project since 2019.
This is #TorontoDanforth
— Lanrick Bennett Jr. (@LanrickBennett) January 24, 2024
Visitors were most recently offered the rare chance to scale the tower and watch the filling of the new Don River valley on Feb. 6.
Friday Photo: You can only get a view like this from one spot, the lookout! This image was taken earlier this week when the lookout platform was opened to the public to check out the river valley being flooded. Get notified when the lookout is open: https://t.co/bOxZJcLJZ7 pic.twitter.com/VS9HP80O0l
— Waterfront Toronto (@WaterfrontTO) February 9, 2024
People interested in checking out these impressive views for themselves can sign up for updates to be alerted to the next viewing opportunity.
Even on days when The Lookout is not open to the public, the adjacent Cherry Street South Bridge and nearby Polson Pier still offer spectacular city viewing opportunities year-round.