Harbourfront Centre

Toronto’s Downtown waterfront is a popular destination and Harbourfront Centre is right in the heart of it. Renowned for its diverse arts and cultural programming, this vibrant centre attracts over 12 million visits each year. Cultural festivals, concerts, and fine art showcases are just some of the 4000 indoor and outdoor events presented year-round at this facility.

Spanning a 10 acre site, Harbourfront Centre boasts a collection of indoor and outdoor venues, Toronto’s biggest outdoor skating rink, and a boardwalk perfect for lakeside strolls. Two main buildings house many of the performance venues as well as art displays, boutiques and restaurants. The Queen’s Quay Terminal with its soaring ceilings and natural light houses the Fleck Dance Theatre and has many specialty shops and places to dine. Along with a variety of performance spaces and a Craft Studio, The York Quay Centre offers many visual art exhibits and installations. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Some Background

Harbourfront Centre
Established by the government in 1972 in an effort to improve Toronto’s industrial harbour and boost tourism, Harbourfront Centre became a non-profit cultural organization in 1991. For over 30 years the centre’s programmers have been committed to presenting artists and performances that are cutting edge and culturally diverse.

Events and Venues

From the exciting festivals celebrating diverse cultures and cuisine to the renowned World Stage series of international productions, Harbourfront Centre boasts a rich programming schedule all year round. Notable events include the International Festival of Authors every October, which hosts some of the best authors in the world, and the World Routes summer weekend festival series which showcases a wide variety of world music genres. Harbourfront Centre presents its vibrant performances, artists and concerts in its theatres, multi-purpose spaces and outdoor stages. Some of these venues can be rented for professional performances or corporate events pending availability. Major venues include the Fleck Dance Theatre, Enwave Theatre, and Lakeside Terrace, used for music, dance and theatrical productions, and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery which showcases art exhibitions in three galleries. Enjoy outdoor concerts in the Toronto Music Garden; a lush venue designed by superstar cellist Yo Yo Ma. And in the colder months, make the most of a Toronto winter by lacing up your skates at the Natrel Rink. Toronto’s biggest outdoor skating rink is open 7 days a week with free admission.

On the Water

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, there are many activities for those who love the water. The view of Toronto from the water is a must see and there are many different boat tours available. From historic guided trips, to evening dinner and dancing cruises, to a more private trip on a chartered boat there are many ways to tour the harbour. Docking and marina services are also available for those visiting Harbourfront Centre by boat.

Shopping

Unique shops and great places to eat are easy to find at Harbourfront Centre. BOUNTY, located in the York Quay Centre, offers a wide variety of contemporary one-of-a -kind crafts. In the summer, walk along the boardwalk and browse the works of various artisans at the International Marketplace. And in the Queen’s Quay Terminal, several specialty retailers offer unique items such as carvings and jewellery by renowned Inuit artists. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Visiting Harbourfront Centre

Driving: Located at 235 Queens Quay West, all downtown exits from Lakeshore Boulevard will access Queens Quay West and Harbourfront Centre. Parking lots are available around the site. Public Transit: From Union Station, take either the 509 Exhibitionor 510 Spadina streetcars west. They stop right in front of Harbourfront Centre. The box office and visitor information desk is located in the York Quay Centre. Hours of operation and admission prices vary for the different events and venues.

Location: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5J 2G8

Click here to visit Harbourfront Centre official website.

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