The Toronto Harbourfront has been utilized for shipping and industrial purposes since the birth of the city. Over time the area was expanded with the addition of landfill and piers. Today most of the industrial lands have been reclaimed and converted into a pleasant cultural and residential district along the lines of Granville Island in Vancouver.
The area now hosts a wide variety of land uses including condominium towers, a hotel, parks, boating facilities, cultural and industrial.
Harbourfront Centre is home to galleries, art studios, and theatres. Free concerts are performed on it's outside stage every weekend during the summer and during winter it features a free outdoor ice rink.
Queen's Quay features a high-end shopping mall, and the Museum of Inuit Art in a converted warehouse building.
The Redpath Sugar Refinery at the foot of Jarvis Street is still an active refinery and also features a sugar production museum.
Toronto Music Garden is also found in the Harbourfront District.
The revitalization of the waterfront area included the construction of public spaces called Wavedecks that undulate and vary in shape. to reflect the contours of the Lake Ontario shoreline. Each WaveDeck in the series of 4 is unique in design and all are wheelchair accessible.
The Toronto Islands ferry operates from the foot of Bay Street. A lively environment and so much to see make the Harbourfront District a great place to visit during your stay in Toronto.
Facts For Your Visit
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Address: Toronto, ON
|Subway and Streetcar Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||Union Station||0 Minutes|
How to get to Harbourfront District by Subway and Streetcar
From Union Station take either the #509 Harbourfront or #510 Spadina streetcar and get off at Bay and Queen's Quay Stop. The Harbourfront District extends both west and east from this point and can be explored on foot via the Waterfront Trail.
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