Queens Quay a Waterfront Street along Lake Ontario

Queens Quay is a historic street that cuts through Toronto's waterfront district. A stroll along this thoroughfare leads to parks, marinas and commercial buildings along Lake Ontario. On the north side, the street is lined with some of the city's best attractions, including professional sports arenas and architectural landmarks. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

Attractions and Activities

Queens Quay in Toronto
Queens Quay a Waterfront Street along Lake Ontario
Queens Quay leads to some of the most popular attractions in Toronto. The Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Centre are situated just a few blocks north of this major thoroughfare. Part of the Entertainment District, both venues host some of the most exciting professional sports events in the Greater Toronto Area. Standing between these indoor arenas, the CN Tower is another landmark that casts its shadow on the street. This magnificent structure includes observation decks and a revolving restaurant on the upper levels. Other attractions that are situated just north of Queens Quay include Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and the Toronto Railway Museum at Roundhouse Park. If you'd like to enjoy the finest offerings of Toronto's lakefront area, just take a stroll on the Martin Goodman Trail. The wide promenades of the trail offer great views of Lake Ontario and many surrounding man-made structures, including yacht clubs and marinas. The Martin Goodman Trail is connected to some of the city's top lakefront green spaces, such as Sugar Beach Park, Harbour Square Park and HTO Park. If you're an aviation enthusiast, you'll enjoy the views of the nearby Bill Bishop Toronto City Airport. You can also watch sailboats, yachts, ferries and other boats navigating the calm waters of the Inner Harbour. Additionally, don't forget to bring some binoculars to see the Toronto Islands from the green spaces along Queens Quay. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. Are you a history buff? Then you'll love the attraction that stands on the street's west end. The Fort York National Historical Site highlights local battles during the War of 1812. Covering 43 acres, this site includes original military buildings, fortifications and a visitor center with a museum. You can learn a lot more about the site and war at the Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch. Queen’s Quay Terminal and the Harbourfront Centre are notable mixed-used venues that stand along the prominent street. Cultural festivals and theatrical performances are some popular events that are hosted by the Harbourfront Centre. Having an Art Deco facade, the historic Queen's Quay Terminal is home to regional offices of various international firms. If you'd to taste gourmet food and beer, visit the Distillery Historic District on the street's east end. Once home to the city's largest distilleries, the neighborhood has been renovated and transformed into a high-end retail marketplace. From cafes and bistros to beer bars and boutique shops, more than 40 businesses occupy this historic district that retains its industrial charm.

Visiting Queens Quay

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Having multiple lanes for eastbound and westbound traffic, Queens Quay is one of the busiest roads in Toronto's Harbourfront district. Parliament Street marks the eastern end of this major thoroughfare that runs through the city's waterfront area. Stadium Road defines the western end of the lakefront street. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) 310, 509 and 510 streetcars run along the western section of the commercialized street. These streetcars also make it easy to transfer to the TTC subway trains. All three TTC streetcars stop near a ferry terminal that offers service to the Toronto Islands. Located at Harbour Square Park, the terminal is served by ferries that go to Centre Island, Hanlan's Point and Ward's Island.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-05-09
Updated On: 2019-05-09

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