This area covers a wide expanse from Yonge Street all the way to Bathurst Street, providing a sweeping view of the Toronto Islands and Lake Ontario. Local businesses benefit from tourists staying in the southern downtown hotels, as well as those in the Harbourfront. The Harbourfront is a place where residents and tourists come to party, shop, and stop to enjoy the scenic view.
When residents and tourists are looking for some water fun, they go to the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre for kayaking, canoeing, big voyageur canoe tours, and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Many boat and yacht charters cruise around the Toronto Islands, often as part of the Harbour City Yacht Club. The Harbourfront houses The National Ballet of Canada, which offers public classes for fitness and aspiring ballerinas, as well as hosts many complex and thrilling performances. The area caters to everyone by offering regular professional services, including a nail salon and spa, an animal hospital, restaurants, cafés, fitness centres, and mail services.
This neighbourhood is home to several public schools. The Natural Science School educates children from junior kindergarten to grade six, while The Waterfront School is dedicated to teaching children from junior kindergarten to grade eight. Students past grade eight may attend the Parkdale Collegiate Institute just past the Entertainment District or go to the City School that is ideally located near the water.
For quick convenience, residents may take the Queens Quay West street cars that bring you through the entire area, passing in front of hotspots, like The Harbourfront Centre and the HTO Park. Alternatively, the Harbourfront neighbourhood is a six-minute bus ride or a ten-minute walk from Toronto’s iconic Union Station, where you have access to transportation links by bus, rail, and subway.
Activities & Amenities
Residents take pleasure in nature at several small parks and urban beaches, such as the Toronto Music Garden and HTO Park. The Toronto Music Garden is a breathtaking arrangement of vibrantly-coloured wildflowers and a riverscape of lush trees perfect for inner contemplation or the enjoyment of live performances. The HTO Park provides a sandy beach, so residents can get up to the water’s edge or have a picnic on the grassy sloping hills while appreciating the contemporary landscape design. Billy Bishop Airport is nearby, allowing Harbourfront dwellers an excellent view of the planes arriving and departing. In terms of activities, the Harbourfront Centre provides DJ skate nights in the winter, Canada Day celebrations, lectures, and other events that pique everyone’s interest. The centre stays up to date with creative performances that are rich in diversity and has dedicated its 10 acres to studios, theatres, galleries, and markets, making it a hive of activity that local businesses strive to serve with excellent customer service.
Getting its start as an industrial hub in the 1800s, this Toronto neighbourhood has come a long way from its humble beginnings. In 1972, the Harbourfront project was initiated, with the aim of converting this neighbourhood into a cultural and residential district. This was achieved through implementing park and performance spaces, as well as art galleries. The Harbourfront Centre was formed in 1991, as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to organizing public events that showcase local artists.