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Lower Bay Station in Toronto

This bricked-over, abandoned subway station can still be reached via a secret gateway

Best time: May 25–26, 2024

Lower Bay Station
Lower Bay Station

Lower Bay Station, also known as Bay Lower, according to the Toronto Transit Commission, is one of Toronto's most famous hidden underground sites. Despite the station being bricked over and access being challenging, anyone can visit this place during the Doors Open Toronto weekend in late May.


Originally intended to redirect trains from northbound to eastbound in Toronto's subway system, the Lower Bay station saw brief use for just six months (from February to September) 1966 before its closure. It served as part of an interlining experiment conducted by the TTC. During this trial, trains traversed three routes, with one mirroring the subsequent Bloor-Danforth line and the other two combining segments of the Bloor-Danforth line with the Yonge-University line.

However, the experiment was unsuccessful, primarily due to system-wide delays resulting from disruptions. Additionally, the station's layout did not facilitate efficient cross-platform interchange, confusing passengers as trains alternated between levels, leading to uncertain waits on the stairwells.

Since 1966, the Lower Bay station entrance was sealed off, leaving it abandoned for over half a century. Abandoned spaces have long held a mysterious allure for adventurers, and Lower Bay Station is no exception. It has become a favored location for filming and is occasionally opened to the public for special events, adding to its mystique.

The best time to visit

The station has become a coveted destination for urban explorers, who may wonder how to access it when its entrance has been sealed. Hidden fire doors offer a clandestine entry point for intrepid explorers, although unauthorized visits pose significant legal and safety risks. If you're determined to explore the station, your best bet is to join the crowds during the annual Doors Open Toronto weekend in late May. This year's event is scheduled for May 25th and May 26th, where the abandoned station is often included as a featured attraction.

During Doors Open Toronto, sightseeing is free, allowing everyone to experience the allure of this hidden gem.

Practical info

What is Lower Bay Station and what happened to it?

Lower Bay Station is an abandoned subway station in Toronto. Intended to direct trains from the northbound to the eastbound line, it was only open for six months in 1966 before being closed and abandoned for being non-essential and too costly. Despite this, it has become a popular filming location and place of interest for adventurous people. Show more

When did the station close and why was it abandoned?

The station closed just six months after it opened due to its close proximity to other stations and its high construction cost which ultimately led to its abandonment. Show more

How can visitors access Lower Bay Station?

While the original entrance to the station was closed, visitors can still gain access through unmarked fire doors, although it is illegal and dangerous to do so. Special events like Doors Open Toronto weekend provide a legal opportunity to visit the station. Show more

Where is the secret gateway located, and is it easy to find?

The location of the secret gateway is kept undisclosed and not easy to find. Those wishing to enter the station should avoid doing so alone, exercise caution, and follow official guidance to ensure their safety and compliance with regulations banning station exploration. Show more

When is the best time to visit Lower Bay Station, and what other events are held here besides the Doors Open Toronto weekend?

Doors Open Toronto weekend is the ideal time for people wishing to visit Lower Bay Station legally. Occasionally, other events like photography tours, ghost tours, and charity events are also held there. Visitors are advised to prioritize safety by following official guidelines and regulations when exploring the station. Show more

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Authors: Mariia Myshok