Toronto’s Harbourfront is a significant example of what the city is capable of creating. It has developed into one of the hottest spots in the city. Over 10 million people visit Harbourfront in Toronto every year.

The Toronto Waterfront is located on the Northern shore of Lake Ontario. It extends west from Yonge Street to Bathurst Street along Queens Quay and East of Yonge to Parliament Street. Harbourfront Centre is the focal point. 

Harbourfront Centre

This non-profit organization creates all sorts of events to both educate and entertain the public. The Centre utilizes no less than 10 acres of land to give Toronto residents and visitors the best waterfront experience possible. 

The board of directors has helped design outstanding cultural programs and activities that cover a wide variety of outdoor interests. Here is a sample of what to expect from Harbourfront Centre:

  • Community and education programs
  • Craft studio
  • Festivals
  • Summer Camps
  • Retail Shop
  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre
  • Water sports

The Nautical Centre at Harbourfront is very well-known. Here you can take part in lessons whether you are a beginner or high level boating enthusiast. 

Power boating rentals and charters are an option, international yacht training is offered and they have special programs to teach the disabled about sailing and kayaking. Water-related activities are in abundance and there is never a shortage of assistants if you need help. 


Toronto docks are easily accessible through the western or eastern channel. Once you reach the north shore you will see three prominent marinas: Marina Quay West, Marina Four and John Quay. Although Marina Quay West has two hundred slips it is considered one of the quieter areas to dock your boat. 

Marina Four has half as many slips, but is close to the centre of Harbourfront activity. Marina John Quay is designed just for visitors and isn’t far from the boardwalk. 

For more information visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com and check out the marina section.

The Beach

What could be more inviting on a hot, summer day in Toronto than Sugar Beach? Located at the foot of Jarvis street not far from the bustling activities offered by Habourfront Centre, Sugar Beach is a playful atmosphere for both adults and children. 

Bright pink umbrellas dot the sandy beach and a nearby plaza acts as the perfect place to hold public events. There are a number of other beaches along the Toronto harbour that provide a lot relaxation and fun for the whole family.

Habourfront Safety

Having a great time on the Toronto waterfront is important, but safety always comes first. An expanded Marine unit has been established to protect boaters, and uniformed police officers are never far away should you have a question or concern related to safety. 

The Museum

Toronto’s Habourfront is home to the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA). Whale bone sculptures, colorful paintings and abstract Inuit art make up the exhibit. 

In true Harbourfront style, there is a program at MIA designed just for kids. For more information on MIA kids and what you will experience at the museum go to www.miamuseum.ca.

Man’s Best Friend

When you take part in Habourfront activity you don’t have to worry about leaving your best friend at home. PawsWay at Harbourfront allows you to bring your dog with you. It includes a 3000 square foot indoor pet park and agility classes. 

Special Events

Toronto’s Harbourfront is host to a long list of special events and festivals. Artistic traditions and contemporary culture are front and centre. The best part of festival time at Harbourfront is that it is free. 

HarbourfrontKids is a name that has been given to free programs for children between the ages of 5 and 12.  Some of the festivals are designed specifically for kids. They have been created to challenge a child’s imagination and foster an appreciation for arts and culture.

Waterfront Food

All the fresh air and activity that comes with Harbourfront leads to an appetite, but there are several nearby restaurants and café’s where you can grab a meal or just a snack. 

Everything from Canadian, to Italian, Greek, Chinese and Caribbean cuisine is available. Some of the restaurants have full patios with a view of the water. 

For a rundown of waterfront food options go to www.MenuPalace.com and under the word districts click on Harbourfront. The majority of the listings have a website so you can take a look at menus before you decide where to eat.


Talk about a room with a view… Toronto’s Waterfront has hotels with breathtaking views of both Lake Ontario and the city skyline. The Westin Harbour Castle and Radisson Hotel Admiral are among the high quality accommodations you will find close to the lake.

When summer fun is on your “To Do List,” Toronto Harbourfront is certainly worth a visit.