Glencairn station

Coordinates: 43°42′32″N 79°26′27″W / 43.70889°N 79.44083°W / 43.70889; -79.44083
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The artwork Joy in the skylight casts a pink glow.
General information
Location785 Glencairn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°42′32″N 79°26′27″W / 43.70889°N 79.44083°W / 43.70889; -79.44083
PlatformsCentre platform
Connections  14  Glencairn
Structure typeAt grade in highway median
ArchitectAdamson Associates
Other information
WebsiteOfficial station page
Opened28 January 1978; 45 years ago (1978-01-28)
Rank67 of 75
Preceding station Toronto Transit Commission Following station
Lawrence West
towards Vaughan
Yonge–University Eglinton West
towards Finch

Glencairn is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of William R. Allen Road at Glencairn Avenue. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[2]

The station is in the Glen Park neighbourhood of the city, a lower-density residential area, and despite being near a cluster of high-density residential buildings to the south and a small commercial strip, Marlee Village, to the west, it is one of the least-used stations.


The station opened in 1978 in what was then the Borough of North York. It was part of the subway line extension from St. George to Wilson station.

A station at Glencairn and Yonge was considered for the North Yonge extension in the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, this was dropped (along with Glen Echo Station at Yonge Boulevard) because of budgetary concerns. If built, it would have been placed between Eglinton and Lawrence stations on the Yonge line.

Station description[edit]

Glencairn station was constructed at ground level within the median of Allen Road, between the Glencairn Avenue and Viewmount Avenue bridges.

Glencairn Avenue, at the north end of the station, has entrances on the north and south side of the street. Here there are both up and down escalators and stairs between the centre train platform, the intermediate concourse where there is a collectors booth and turnstiles, and street level. Viewmount Avenue, at the south end of the station, only has stairs to an automatic entrance on the north side of the street.

As part of the Easier Access program, construction began in 2022 to add elevators to the centre platform; they will connect to the street-level concourse. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2024.[3]

Architecture and art[edit]

Escalators between the platform, an intermediate concourse and street levels, all under the glass roof with artwork Joy

Glencairn was designed by Adamson Associates.[4][5] A central vaulted glass roof spans the length of the station, allowing the penetration of natural light to all areas of the station during the day and to be seen at night as a long illuminated strip of light.

The glass roof is directly above the single centre platform. This is similarly to Yorkdale station, where the interior walls of the station at platform level are unfinished concrete, with curved sections over the tracks to form a lower ceiling. Unlike Yorkdale, the curve is less sudden making the walls more rounded in appearance and they are clad with white horizontal panels between vertical concrete "ribs", along with a wider orange panel strip displaying the station name. Platform level seating is sheltered within glass walls. Wayfinding signage is backlit. Floors and some of the walls are clad with red-brown tiles.

Glencairn features an artistic skylight entitled Joy designed by Rita Letendre. It existed in two versions, both by the same artist. The first version was installed in 1977 and consisted of painted translucent glazed act panels; it was removed in the early 1990s at the artist's request after leakage damaged the art panels below the skylight, and was replaced with a lighter weight-supported glazing system. The second version, installed in 2020, is a reinterpretation of the original work. It consists of art colours inserted between two glass panels.[6][7]

Surface connections[edit]

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
14 Glencairn Eastbound to Davisville station and Westbound to Caledonia Road

Transfers to buses occur at curbside stops outside this station. 109 Ranee runs along Marlee Avenue one block west of Glencairn station.


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2019" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 November 2022. Retrieved 30 January 2023. This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday.
  2. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Glencairn Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on 2 July 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Design for Transit", Canadian Architect, 21: 35, 1976
  5. ^ "Information on Building Name: Glencairn Subway Station". Architectural Index for Ontario. Toronto Public Library. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  6. ^ TTC (12 July 2017). "Procurement Authorization Glencairn Skylight Replacement" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  7. ^ "TTC celebrates newly installed skylight at Glencairn Station". Toronto Transit Commission. 12 September 2020. Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Glencairn Station at Wikimedia Commons