Toronto Harbourfront
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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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Michael S
Spring Valley, NY35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
As a New Yorker and no stranger to metropolitan waterfronts I must say that Toronto's is one of the most magnificent. The area boasts so many diverse areas of interest. A square where you're only a few steps from the Ripley's aquarium, Rogers Center (where the MLB Blue Jays play) and the CN Tower.

What we loved even more are the oddities and landmarks that give a unique Toronto flavor to the area. Absolutely breathtaking and romantic!
Written October 30, 2018
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,813 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were at the Toronto Waterfront catching a ferry to the islands so we had a bit of time to stroll around and take in the views of the boats in the water, flowers in full bloom and looking behind at all the tall buildings of the city was relaxing. However, getting there and trying to find parking was rather stressful. There was construction, lots of traffic and poor signage in how to get to it. We relied on the car's GPS.
Written October 9, 2018
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fluffy1784
Cardiff, UK28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Plenty of boat trips around the harbour and to the islands - a few nice restaurants and bars and not much else to do other than sit and enjoy the views. Pleasant way to spend an hour or so.
Written July 17, 2018
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Nikki
Vancouver, Canada77 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Wow, what a disappointment! It's just one miss after another along this waterfront. Boring ugly apartment buildings la king any landscaping, leading up to Rogers arena which has got to (be at least on the outside)one of the ugliest baseball stadiums in North America. And then you have the CN Tower which is also just hideous in a painfully brutalist way. And then of course on top of that you have a massive power station. Boring chain restaurants with zero charm. They just missed at every turn.

It looks to me like this was done in the '60s and is definitely a need of a redevelopment. You can see efforts are being made here and there with new restaurants going in, but really it needs a massive redevelopment overhaul. We are from Vancouver and we're expecting something along the lines of the charming Vancouver waterfront near the convention center, or maybe the shipyards near North Vancouver which had an excellent redevelopment and is now a wonderful place to hang out. This is not bad. Long long way to go here.
Written June 6, 2024
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John E
Ballwin, MO1,391 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We tried to walk along the waterfront but had a hard time actually accessing it. Walking along Queen's Quay St., we never saw a sign or clear path directing us to any parks or paths that actually fronted the water. All we found were some places to board water taxis plus parking lots, hotels, condos, plus a lot of ongoing construction which all blocked access to the actual waterfront. As a result of the lack of signs and all the blocking structures and ongoing construction which prevented access, am only giving 2 stars due to the difficulty of accessing the waterfront. If the waterfront is something the city wants tourists to be able to enjoy, the city should make it easy for tourists to actually be able to find it and not encounter obstacles wherever they looked. We looked for access all along Queen's Quay and never found it anywhere. Left very frustrated because we really wanted to enjoy the waterfront.
Written September 18, 2018
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ceejay3456
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
A key feature of the award-winning plan for Toronto’s downtown waterfront is a new water’s edge promenade and boardwalk that provides continuous public access to the lake. In the central waterfront area, the 1.8 kilometre long promenade stretches from Ireland Park (south of the Canada Malting silos) to York Street. Another kilometre-long water’s edge promenade and boardwalk in East Bayfront stretches from just east of Canada's Sugar Beach to the Parliament Slip. In all, there are more than three kilometres of direct, public access to the water’s edge in downtown Toronto.

The water’s edge promenade and boardwalk work together to provide a generous amount of space along the lakefront. In the central waterfront the promenade is composed of a 12-metre wide granite walkway planted with a double-row of native maple trees, and a slightly lowered wooden 8-metre wide boardwalk cantilevered over the water. The selection of materials is distinctly Canadian: wood and granite with a maple leaf mosaic pattern.

This unique revitalization has created, for the first time, direct connectivity and a waterfront link between the major destinations that line the central waterfront, including the Music Garden, HtO Park, Harbourfront Centre and Queens Quay Terminal.

Annual events include Doors/Gangways Open, Waterfront Artisan Market, Redpath Waterfront Festival, and the multi-award winning Waterfront Singing Ambassadors program.
Written May 15, 2016
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Toishome
Toronto, Canada694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Toronto waterfront is a great place to visit especially in the summer. There is always tons to do with all the restaurants, bars, and many other retailers. Walking along the water or just having a coffee overlooking the lake is always great.
Written April 25, 2019
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SixtyOne
Ashby de la Zouch, UK2,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
A walk along the waterfront is superb whatever the season you visit Toronto. It’s really relaxing and enjoyable. The views are breathtaking over the water.
Written February 23, 2019
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Pioneer745223
Waldwick, NJ79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a well run race, from information, bib pickup, the exhibitions to the actual event - very organized. The city and crowd was welcoming. We lucked out with the weather and our friends and family enjoyed themselves. The run was fantastic, mostly flat and easier to PR. The only thing I want to comment on was it was a little difficult to get to the expo. I used the free shuttle which was a nice perk, but hard to locate and lots of traffic. Thank you to all the volunteers!!! Would definitely do this run again.
Written November 6, 2018
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,559 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
I tried to walk along the waterfront a couple of times when in Toronto. I found it quite tricky to get a decent stretch of path, being blocked by ongoing development, condo car parks or hotel parking areas. I did manage to walk a short distance and it was very pleasant with great views onto the Lake and along the shore line.
Written October 20, 2018
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