List of shopping malls in Toronto

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Opened in 1964, Yorkdale Shopping Centre was the first enclosed, automobile-centred shopping mall opened in Toronto.

The following is a list of shopping malls in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The first enclosed shopping mall in Toronto was the Toronto Arcade in the downtown core. The first shopping mall of the enclosed, automobile-centred design type was Yorkdale Shopping Centre, opened in 1964. For shopping malls surrounding the city of Toronto, please see the template at the bottom of this article.

Major shopping centres[edit]

These shopping centres each have over a hundred stores and are anchored by multiple department stores. They are also the five largest malls in Toronto. Each provides thousands of automobile parking spaces. With the exception of Sherway Gardens, all of these malls have direct pedestrian connections with the Toronto subway system, though Sherway Gardens has bus connections through the Toronto Transit Commission's bus network and MiWay of Mississauga. Yorkdale is Toronto's first major shopping centre and was the world's largest when it was first opened. The Toronto Eaton Centre is the most visited shopping mall in North America, given its downtown location and direct access to two subway stations. These five malls were completed within a 13-year span. A sixth major mall, East Harbour, is planned for Toronto's east end by the interchange of Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway/Lake Shore Boulevard East.[1]

With over 159,979 square metres (1,722,000 sq ft) of retail space, Toronto Eaton Centre is the largest shopping centre in Toronto, and the fourth largest in Canada.
Name District Major intersection Direct subway connection Developer/operator Retail space Year opened
Fairview Mall North York Don Mills RoadSheppard Avenue Don Mills Cadillac Fairview 81,874 m2 (881,280 sq ft) 1970
Scarborough Town Centre Scarborough McCowan RoadHighway 401 Scarborough Centre Oxford Properties 121,467 m2 (1,307,460 sq ft) 1973
Sherway Gardens Etobicoke The QueenswayThe West Mall Cadillac Fairview 109,800 m2 (1,182,000 sq ft) 1971
Toronto Eaton Centre Old Toronto Yonge StreetDundas Street
Yonge StreetQueen Street
Cadillac Fairview 159,979 m2 (1,722,000 sq ft) 1977
Yorkdale Shopping Centre North York Allen RoadHighway 401 Yorkdale Oxford Properties 171,473 m2 (1,845,720 sq ft) 1964

District or neighbourhood shopping centres[edit]

The district or neighbourhood level of shopping centres in Toronto are typically built around one or a few department stores or grocery supermarkets and are enclosed. These shopping centres typically provide a surrounding free parking lot. Most of these are located in the former suburbs of Toronto, where land was available for parking. There are only three shopping malls of this type within Toronto's pre-1998 city limits: Galleria Shopping Centre (at Dufferin Street and Dupont Street), Dufferin Mall (on Dufferin Street south of Bloor Street and north of College Street), and Gerrard Square (on Gerrard Street East east of Pape Avenue). There are a few ethnic malls of this type as well.

Bayview Village Shopping Centre is a shopping centre built in suburban Toronto, built between Bayview Village and Willowdale neighbourhoods.
Splendid China Mall is a Chinese-themed ethnic shopping centre located in the Milliken neighbourhood. The mall is across Steeles Avenue from Pacific Mall in Markham.

Malls located within major office buildings[edit]

College Park is one of several buildings in Toronto that is used as an office complex and a shopping centre.

One configuration of shopping mall in Toronto is the self-contained type located within a commercial office building, sometimes around a central atrium. This type typically does not provide a surrounding parking lot. These malls typically house from a dozen to several dozen stores. Most of these are connected to a station of the Toronto subway system. In the case of the Hudson's Bay Centre, the mall connects the department store to the Toronto subway system at Bloor–Yonge station. These malls are located in the core (Old Toronto), unless marked otherwise:

PATH underground shopping complex[edit]

Signage for the PATH from Scotia Plaza. The PATH connects most of downtown and is the world's largest underground shopping complex.

In Downtown Toronto, primarily in the Financial District, there are interconnected shopping malls located one flight of stairs underground. The complex as a whole is named 'PATH'. The Toronto Eaton Centre (see above) is connected to the complex. The complex has 1,200 stores, and according to Guinness World Records, the PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 m2 (4,000,000 sq ft) of retail space.[3]

Open-air shopping plazas[edit]

Open-air shopping plazas are larger collections of stores built with surrounding parking areas, with parking spaces separated from the storefronts by sidewalks. These shopping centres generally serve the local surrounding area and have a large proportion of family-run businesses, some of which are ethnic.

Shops at Don Mills is one of several open-air malls in Toronto.
  • Chartwell Plaza (Brimley Road and Huntingwood Drive), Scarborough
  • Dragon Centre (Sheppard Avenue East and Glen Watford Drive), Scarborough; ethnic mall
  • Dufferin & Steeles Plaza North York
  • Dufferin Business Centre (Dufferin Street between Castlefield Avenue and the former York-North York boundary), York
  • Iranian Plaza (Yonge Street between Cummer Avenue and Steeles Avenue), North York; ethnic mall
  • Lawrence Plaza (Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West), North York
  • Peanut Plaza (Don Mills Road and Van Horne Avenue), North York
  • Sheppard Plaza (Sheppard Avenue West and Bathurst Street), North York
  • Shops at Don Mills (Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East), North York
  • Sunnybrook Plaza (Eglinton Avenue East and Bayview Avenue), East York
  • Tam O'Shanter Plaza (Sheppard Avenue East east of Kennedy Road), Scarborough
  • The Landmark (Steeles Avenue and Middlefield Road), Scarborough; ethnic mall
  • Victoria Terrace (Victoria Park Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East), North York
  • Whiteshield Plaza (Kennedy Road and Lawrence Avenue East), Scarborough
  • York Mills Gardens (Leslie Street and York Mills Road), North York

Power centres[edit]

Power centres mainly consist of major national and international big-box stores with large amounts of parking space separate from the stores themselves, and which serve a larger area than the open-air shopping plazas do.

Shoppers World Danforth is an example of an early power centre, one of several that can be found in the city.
  • Black Creek Super Value Centre (Rogers Road and Keele Street), York
  • Crossroads (Weston Road and Highway 401), North York
  • Downsview Power Centre (unofficial name) (Dufferin Street and Wilson Avenue), North York
  • Dufferin and Steeles Power Centre (unofficial name) (Dufferin Street and Steeles Avenue), North York
  • Golden Mile (Eglinton Avenue East between Victoria Park Avenue and Birchmount Road), Scarborough
  • Kennedy Commons (Kennedy Road and Highway 401), Scarborough
  • Leaside Centre (Eglinton Avenue East and Laird Drive), East York
  • Shoppers World Danforth (Danforth Avenue west of Victoria Park Avenue), East York
  • Queenswalk Centre (North Queen Street and Queensway), Etobicoke
  • Queensway Complex (Islington Avenue and Queensway), Etobicoke
  • Stock Yards Village (Keele Street/Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West), Old Toronto

Flea markets[edit]

The markets are housed indoors with stalls of independent vendors.

  • Downsview Park Merchant's Market, Downsview Park (Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West), North York
  • Dr. Flea's, Highway 27 and Albion Road, Etobicoke
  • Jane Finch Flea Market, 1911 Finch Avenue West (Jane Street and Finch Avenue West), North York
  • Merchant's Flea Market, 1921 Eglinton Avenue East, (Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East), Scarborough
  • Toronto Weston Flea Market, Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West, Old Toronto

Former shopping malls[edit]

The following shopping malls have been demolished or closed. Some have been replaced by new strip plazas or re-developed for non-retail uses:

The original Yonge Street Arcade building, c. 1885. The shopping centre was opened in 1884 and operated until it was demolished in 1954.
  • The original Yonge Street Arcade (1884–1954) at 137 Yonge Street and consisting of 52 stores was considered Canada's first indoor mall. It was demolished in 1954 following two fires and was replaced in 1960 by the Arcade Building, which had a similar arcade style concourse on its main floor until 2008 when the floor was redeveloped with the arcade being replaced with a fitness centre and offices.
  • Golden Mile Plaza (1954–1986) at Eglinton Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue, demolished after 1986 fire and later replaced with a power centre named Golden Mile Mall.
  • Morningside Mall (1979–2002) at Morningside Avenue and Kingston Road, Scarborough; the indoor mall[4] was demolished to make way for an outdoor big box plaza called Morningside Crossing[5]
  • Rexdale Plaza (1957–2004), Islington Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke[6] and enclosed in 1972. Most stores closed by 2003 and demolition of south end in 2004 with north end of mall retained (with an Asian supermarket and a few small stores). Since 2004, its south end was redeveloped as an outdoor mall with Wal-Mart Supercentre as a stand-alone big box store.
  • Warden Woods Mall or Warden Power Centre (1970–2005) at Warden Avenue north of St. Clair Avenue East near Warden station, Scarborough[7] was a full mall with three anchor stores (The Bay, Simpson's and a Knob Hill Farms grocery store) and later as clearance centre. It has since been demolished and replaced with townhouses.
  • Weston-Finch Mall (1960s–2006), Weston Road and Finch Avenue West, North York — former strip mall (with Zellers, Canadian Tire and McDonald's as tenants) and later as outlet facility; demolished 2006 and vacant lot[when?] awaiting redevelopment for rental apartments.
  • Westside Mall, Eglinton Avenue West west of Caledonia Road, York — replaced with a power centre of the same name during the early 2000s (with Canadian Tire, Rogers Plus, FreshCo (renamed from Price Chopper), Dollar Tree (formerly occupied by Shoppers Drug Mart) and CIBC as major tenants) and will be connected to Line 5's Caledonia station in 2021.
  • Honeydale Mall (1973–2013): Located in Eatonville neighbourhood of Toronto; officially closed on 28 June 2013.

Former flea markets[edit]

  • Flea market at the southwest corner of Midland Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East is closed since the early 2000s and will be redeveloped concurrent with the Sheppard East LRT's construction.
  • Dufferin and Steeles Flea Market, replaced with The Home Depot.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "East Harbour | Toronto, Ontario, Canada". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ "Project". Reimagine Galleria.
  3. ^ "PATH – Toronto's Downtown Pedestrian Walkway". City of Toronto. 15 August 2017.
  4. ^[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Morningside Crossing".
  6. ^ Urban Exploration Resource
  7. ^ Urban Exploration Resource