Harbourfront is a Scenic Waterfront District in Downtown Toronto

Parks and Natural Areas

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Nested between high-rise residential buildings, Harbour Square Park roughly marks the eastern section of Harbourfront. Covering several acres, this community-oriented green space offers panoramic views of Lake Ontario. Harbour Square Park also offers great views of ferries that operate between the district and the Toronto Islands. A wooden boardwalk connects the main section of the park with a western lot near the Number One York Quay Condominium tower. Surrounded by modern skyscrapers, Canada Square and Ontario Square are some other urban green spaces that are open to the public. The Tall Ship Kajama, a 165-foot schooner with a historic design, is docked near these popular squares. Ann Tindal Park and Rees Street Park are some other tranquil sanctuaries that offer relaxation and recreation along the shores of Lake Ontario. Having an artificial beach with contemporary amenities, HTO Park is one of the top gathering spots at Harbourfront. The smaller HTO Park West is located a short walk from HTO Park. As you stroll the Waterfront Trail in this district, you'll also gain access to the Spadina Quay Wetlands, which includes the Toronto Music Gardens. Ireland Park and Little Norway Park mark the western boundary of the lakefront neighbourhood. Most of the green spaces in this neighbourhood also face the CN Tower and the Downtown Toronto skyline. Click to book your Toronto tours.

Dining

Located on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toula is an upscale restaurant that offers gourmet dining with stunning water views. This high-end establishment serves traditional Italian cuisine and wine. There are several other waterfront restaurants and bars that are located in the heart of this trendy district. The Queen’s Quay Terminal is home to the Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Restaurant and Joe Bird. The Sip and Boxcar Social serve drinks near a concert stage and open lawns that host exciting shows. Located near Marina Four, the Amsterdam Brewhouse is one of the area's premier pubs. In addition to having a wide selection of craft beer, this venue offers appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and brick-oven pizza. If you're looking for quick bites to go, just hop inside some of the small businesses on Queens Quay. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

Visiting the Harbourfront

Carrying westbound and eastbound traffic in Toronto, the Gardiner Expressway leads to Harbourfront. This busy highway links the city with other neighboring communities in Ontario, such as Etobicoke and Mississauga. TTC streetcars also provide direct access to this lakefront district. Multiple stops on Queens Quay are designated for the 310, 509 and 510 lines. Additionally, the 310 and 510 streetcars run northbound and southbound on Spadina Avenue. As one of the most scenic areas in Toronto, Harbourfront has promenades and trails that are exclusively open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Ferry service is also available between the Bathurst Street Terminal and Bill Bishop Toronto City Airport. The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is served by multiple lines of the Toronto Island Ferries. Private cruises and other charter trips might be available at the National Yacht Club, Alexandra Yacht Club and Marina Quay West. Parking in this premier section of Toronto is abundant, but some lots and garages are reserved for local residents and business owners.

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