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Harbourfront is in Toronto, encompassing the waterfront from Bathurst Street in the west to Yonge Street in the east. High-priced condos dot the waterfront, where highlights include speciality shops at Queens Quay Terminal, art, theatre and cultural facilities at Harbourfront Centre and a terrific lakeside walking trail. Cruises of the harbour and ferry services run from here.
By public transit
At Union Subway Station, transfer to the LRT Harbourfront Line (the 509 streetcar line). This streetcar heads west from Union Station and you can get off anywhere between the Queens Quay Ferry Docks stop and Bathurst Street to access Harbourfront.
The Waterfront. A massive redevelopment of the city's 46-kilometre waterfront is underway in the city, and the results are sure to be stunning. Toronto's waterfront is already quite spectacular, with galleries, walking trails and art, film and theatre complexes. An extensive plan to re-green this are will ensure that Toronto's waterfront is utilized to its full potential by residents and visitors alike.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, , is the arts and entertainment hub of the district. In the summer there is a full schedule of events and performances for the whole family.
Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay West (at Harbourfront Centre), . Designed by cellist Yo Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, the garden is an interpretation of Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West (at Harbourfront Centre), . Closed Mo. Exhibitions rotate, consult the website to see what's currently on display. Adults $5.
The Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West (Queens Quay Terminal), features modern dance and theatre performances from around the world.
In the winter, go ice skating, 235 Queens Quay West, South of York Quay Centre, , at Canada's largest artificially-cooled outdoor skating rink. Skate rentals available. Music and Friday DJ nights.
Spend a day on the lake or take a boat tour of the harbour. Charter and tour boat operators offering harbour tours, dinner cruises and sailing on the lake leave from the marina at Harbourfront Centre.
Queen's Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West. Specialty shops, restaurants (many with a view of the lake) and cafes. This is good place to browse or to shop for gifts, as many of the shops feature unique jewellery, sculptures, and art.
On weekends in the summer, the outdoor International Marketplace at Harbourfront Centre hosts a range of arts and crafts vendors.