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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.

Get in

By Streetcar

The 509 LRT streetcar line runs underneath Bay Street from the Union Station subway station to an underground station at the intersection with Queen's Quay West, at which point it leaves the tunnel and proceeds West along Queen's Quay in a separate right-of-way, making stops at the major intersections; its western terminus is Exhibition Place. The 510 LRT streetcar line follows the same route from Union Station to the intersection of Queen's Quay and Spadina Avenue, at which point it turns and heads north on Spadina, still in its own right-of-way, to Spadina subway station at the intersection of Spadina and Bloor Street. The 511 streetcar line runs with traffic along Bathurst Street from Bathurst subway station to the intersection of Bathurst and Fleet Street, where it turns and follows the same route as the 509 West to Exhibition Place.

By Subway and Train

The nearest subway station is Union Station, from here you can either take the 509 or 510 streetcar to Queen's Quay or you can walk south along Bay Street from Front Street, underneath the railway tracks and the Gardiner expressway to Queen's Quay. Union Station is also the main terminus for commuter and intercity trains.

For more information on the subway and streetcar lines, visit the Toronto Transit Commission website [2]

By Car

The Gardiner expressway runs the length of the harbourfront one block north of Queen's Quay and there are exits at Spadina, York, Bay, and Jarvis. There is a large parking garage underneath the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel and several commercial surface lots, including ones at Queen's Quay and York Street, Queen's Quay and Rees Street, on Bay Street across from the Air Canada Centre and on Queen's Quay next to the Redpath sugar refinery.

By Plane

The Toronto City Centre Airport [3] is located on the Toronto Islands, across a narrow channel from the Harbourfront, a ferry runs the short trip from the main terminal building to the foot of Bathurst Street, just south of the intersection with Queen's Quay; from there, there is a free shuttle bus operated by the only airline serving the airport to Union Station, the 509 streetcar is also easily accessible from the airport. The airport does not allow jet aircraft to land or takeoff, the only airline operating commercial flights out of the airport is Porter [4], who run scheduled flights to Montreal, New York City, Quebec City and Halifax.


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, [5], 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), [6]. 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), [7]. 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.


  • Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street (Yonge-University subway line and 509 & 510 streetcar lines to Union Station), 416 815 5500, [1]. This hockey arena plays host to all Toronto Maple Leafs homes games as well as Toronto Raptors basketball games. It also hosts many of Toronto's large concerts. The arena is directly adjacent to Union Station and there is a passage leading from the underground concourse into the arena, however the passage can be confusing.

In the winter, go ice skating, 235 Queens Quay West, South of York Quay Centre, [8], 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.




  • Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square, [9]. Indoor pool, gym and spa facilities, on-site restaurants.
  • Radisson Admiral Hotel, 249 Queen's Quay West (at Harbourfront Centre), [10]. Outdoor pool, fitness centre, business centre, complimentary in-room wireless Internet. Restaurant and bar on-site.


Get out

  • Take the ferry from Queens Quay (Ferry Docks street car station) to the Toronto Islands.

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