"You build your stations like we build our cathedrals," -- the Prince of Wales during the official opening.
This tip should not be in Must See Activities, but ooh well : )
Toronto's Union Station is Canada's busiest public transport terminal, with over a million people passing through everyday. It is GO's central terminus, VIA's Toronto terminus and the Yonge-Spadina subway line's main turning point. A number of architects collaborated on the new Union Station design, including the Montreal firm of G.A. Ross and R.H. Macdonald, Hugh Jones of the CPR and John M. Lyle of Toronto. Designed in Beaux-Arts style, it was meant to become the grandest train station in Canada.
Though it cannot compare to the grand stations of Grand Central NYC or any station in Europe, it is still a very interesting place to visit if you are interested in architecture. If you are planning to visit Toronto by public transportation, your chances of passing it is really high.The most interesting part of Union station would be the grand hall in the centre of the station.
An interesting fact to note is that the railway yards behind the building used be around four times larger than today. From the CN Tower to the waterfront, all of it at one time were covered by railway tracks.
There are currently plans to restore this building and prepare it for the next century.
A Toronto monument in the downtown core. I consider Union Station as the busiest subway station in North America, a grandeur and an awe-inspiring architecture. It is the home of the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) subway line, the Go train and Go transit, and the Viarail.
You will definitely be coming to the Station when you visit Toronto. It is the most widely used subway station having hundreds and thousands of passengers everyday. People watch is one of my favourite past time at the station espedially at rush hours. At 5:00PM on weekdays, right after the office hours, you will be surprised how many commuters rushed to the platform to different destinations.
Don't forget to take some photos of the Union Station. One of my pictures posted here was taken from across the street, just beside the famous Royal York Hotel. I suggest you take a shot of the Union Station as it is of extra different architecture that will certainly be a treasure.
Thousands of commuters use Union Station everyday without even knowing that it is a National Historic Site. It was built in the Beaux-Arts style, one of the finest examples of this style in Canada.
Opened in 1927, it has been the most important transportation hub in Canada for years, especially during the golden days of the railway. Nowadays, it serves not only VIA Rail passangers, but also TTC and GO train customers, many of them are working in the downtown office towers but are living in the suburbs.
When you walk into the central area on the street level, you'll automatically look up. The ceiling is so high up and the natural sunlight shines right into the building. you will also notice the details on the ceiling and the carving on the stone and brick.
Union Station is the most opulent train station in Canada. The main hall is one of my favourite pieces of architecture in Toronto. If you love this buzz of the rush hour and to people watch then Union Station is the place to go to.
The station that you see today was actually Toronto's third Union Station. It was opened in 1927 after 14 years of construction. The building was designed the Classical revival style by G.A. Ross, R.H. MacDonald, Hugh Jones, and John M. Lyle. This means that the facade of the building has row of imposing columns that makes the station quite eye catching. The original building was paid for by the Grand Trunk Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway. Today Union Station is serviced by Via Rail for long distance intercity travel. In 1954, a subway station was built just north of the station, connecting to Toronto's then new Yonge Street Line. The station is more a transportation hub for Toronto's commuter train service, the Go Train, which extends out to the Toronto suburbs. Lately there has been much talk about renovating the station and establishing a link to Person International Airport but from what I can see little has been done.
New York has it's Grand Central, and Toronto has it's Union Station.
With a similar design to Grand Central, Union Station is a very impressive structure that many people probably don't take the time to really look at. The stone work and architecture are very impressive.
This is the entrance to Union Station from the Toronto Convention Centre.
I debated whether to put this as a Travel Tip or a Must See...
We were told to visit the Union Station if we wanted to view a maginificent old railway station which is in beautiful shape. It is a working station and is Go Transit's central hub.
We visited mid afternoon to avoid the early morning and late evening rush hours. The building is huge and beautiful with plenty to keep you occupied and there are some shops for the ladies.
Union Station doubles as both the southern terminus of the TTC's subway system and as the main station for Toronto for VIA. If you come to Toronto on a train from Montreal, Ottawa or the US, you'll arrive here in the slightly depressing lower-level of the station. The exterior of Union Station is quite impressive, with its Neo-Classical columns and its placement among the equally imposing structures of Front Street. The Station was inaugurated in 1927 and is today a National Heritage Landmark. It was meant to be a piece in the build-up of the Canadian railway system, which was partly monopolized after the initial appearance of several smaller railway companies in the 19th century.
Right now there is a bit of construction on the entrance, but you can still get an idea of the grandeur if you side-step it. There aren't many restaurants inside, and those that are reasonably priced are generally fastfood joints, so fill up elsewhere before you get here.
Union Station is a highlight of downtown Toronto, for its architecture. Also, Union Station is a fully-functional station for rail and subway connections, centrally located downtown near the CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame, so it's a great way to get in to see things!
I love nice architecture - particuarly the Beaux Arts style which this building is. But I do have to say I was a little disappointed. I thought it was going to be a lot larger than it was, more on a par with Grand Central in NYC.
Don't get me wrong it is a fabulous building but for me felt like it had no soul.....perhaps I should have come back in rush hour, perhaps then it would have felt like it did!
I wanted to love this place so much, but it was not to be! - don't get me wrong it is a lovely building just not quite what I was expecting...perhaps I should not have listened to other peoples opinions before I went!