Toronto Waterfront: A Profile of Toronto Neighborhoods

Toronto Waterfront – An Overview

Did you know Ontario means “beautiful lake” in Iroquois?

In fact, the province is named after Lake Ontario, with the Waterfront occupying 46 of its 1,020 km shoreline.

This is where you’ll find sandy beaches, lush greenery, fashionable restaurants, and luxurious condos offering gorgeous lakeside views.

Photo of Toronto Waterfront and Lake Ontario. There is also a beautiful swan on the lake.

The Toronto Waterfront is where the city meets nature (Collision Conf, Flickr)

And there’s always something to do, whether it’s hiking, relaxing by the beach, or taking boat tours of the Harbour.

Here’s what else you can do…

Fun Things To Do On Toronto’s Waterfront

Simcoe Wave Deck on the Toronto Harbour. And first of all, also, another, furthermore, finally, in addition because, so, due to, while, since, therefore.

Simcoe Wave Deck: when art imitates nature (Loozrboy, Wikimedia)

The Waterfront is full of romance, adventure, sports and aquatic activities.

For example, the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre offers lessons in surfing, sailing, paddle-boarding and kayaking.

There’s also a wide variety of cruises and tours.

Another image of Toronto Harbour, this one showing ferries and people on the boardwalk.

Ferries in Toronto Harbour (Raysonho, Wikimedia)

Harbour Tours Toronto has water-taxis that take you to Centre Island, while its boat tours celebrate the stunning Toronto Skyline.

History-lovers can hop aboard the Empire Sandy, Canada’s largest tall-ship. These 19th-century vessels are the perfect romantic getaway, offering dinner, wine, entertainment, and sailing under the stars.

Tall-ship in Toronto Harbour and people walking along boardwalk.

Tall-ships are always a popular attraction at Toronto Harbour (Andrzej Wrotek, Flickr)

You can also take a family trip to CentreVille amusement park or visit the lighthouse at Gibraltar’s Point.

At 200 years old (and reportedly haunted), it’s the oldest structure in Toronto!

Photo of lighthouse at Gibraltar's Point and trees.

It looks scarier at night (Joseph Morris, Flickr)

Best Places To Eat In Toronto Waterfront

The bars, cafes and restaurants along the Harbourfront have some of the most scenic views in Toronto.

For example, Sunnyside Pavilion on Lake Shore describes itself as a “casual and inviting beachfront cafe.”

Its menu is rich with seafood, including salmon, calamari, and linguine with jumbo scallops and shrimp.

Pic of calamari and white sauce.

Deep fried calamari with marinara sauce (Pixabay)

In addition to regular customers, it also hosts weddings and corporate events. Best of all: its patio is literally steps from the beach!

In the mood for something more exotic? Drive over to Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Restaurant on Queen’s Quay.

The multi award-winning restaurant serves dim sum, Peking duck, braised lobster, and other mouth-watering dishes.

Photo of Queens Quay Terminal and boats and water.

The only thing more delicious is the view from Queen’s Quay Terminal (Raysonho, Wikimedia)

For a more casual dining experience, check out the Amsterdam Brewhouse. Its classic menu consists of burgers, pizza, wings and beer, to less standard fare like tofu curry.

This staple of Toronto cuisine also has one of the most picturesque patios in the city.

Image of burger and fries and drink.

Sometimes, it’s about the simple pleasures in life (Pixabay)

For even more amazing places to eat, take a look at BlogTo’s 10 Best Restaurants on Toronto’s Waterfront.

Best Entertainment on The Toronto Waterfront

Another highlight of the Waterfront is the sheer variety of entertainment options.

Sports fans can catch a Jays game at the Rogers Centre or watch their favourite WWE wrestlers duke it out at Scotiabank Arena.

The Rogers Centre in Toronto looking so beautiful at sunset. It almost looks like a work of art.

The Rogers Centre stuns at sunset (Pixabay)

Or they can sign up for clubs and activities like dragon boat racing and corporate team-building exercises. There’s even scavenger hunts on Toronto Island and GPS Adventure Challenges across Lake Ontario!

Photo of kayakers on Lake Ontario at Toronto Harbourfront / Toronto Harbourfront.

The team that rows together, wins together (Cayuga Outrigger, Flickr)

Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Echo Beach and Budweiser Stage, the latter of which also features stand-up comedy.

For arts and culture, there’s the Harbourfront Centre. The venue puts on more than 4,000 annual events ranging from film and dance to visual arts and drama.

Blue, red and green lights of art display at Toronto Harbourfront Centre looking so beautiful at night.

Nightlight art display at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre (John Vetterli, Flickr)

Finally, both parents and kids can enjoy family-friendly entertainment at Exhibition Place.

The 197-acre site has something for everyone, including food, theatre, music, sports, arts and crafts, and exhibits.

Another night shot, this one of the Canadian National Exhibition (also known as the CNE)

For many, the CNE is a beloved family tradition (Ian Muttoo, Flickr)

It’s also home to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), the nation’s largest fair with 1.5 million visitors per year.

A Smarter City: Google Sidewalk Labs

The future of cities isn’t in New York, London or Paris—it’s right here in Toronto.

Google, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, will transform 12-acres of the Eastern Waterfront in a project known as Sidewalk Toronto.

Drawing of Sidewalk Toronto at Quayside on the Toronto Waterfront. We see a rather unique balance of people and nature. Image belongs to Google Sidewalk Labs.

Artist’s rendering of Sidewalk Toronto. Note the emphasis on nature and lack of cars (SIDEWALK LABS)

So why is this exciting news? Because it will change the way we live, work, play and commute.

For example, the new 12-acre neighborhood (called Quayside) will only use self-driving vehicles. Many streets will be pedestrian-only, while roads will be made of tiles rather than asphalt.

Quayside, Sidewalk Toronto on Toronto Waterfront with people and bikes and water.

Quayside is a unique blend of people, technology, and nature (SIDEWALK LABS)

These smart-tiles can detect and melt snow, guide traffic, and reconfigure themselves to serve either cars or pedestrians.

New construction materials (like specially-treated wooden skyscrapers) will improve sustainability and lower the cost of housing.

Another 3D image of Quayside on Toronto Waterfront; we see buildings made of natural yet durable wood.

Modified wooden materials will drive down the price of housing and retail (SIDEWALK LABS)

Sensors will also provide data on everything from noise and traffic to air quality. As a result, commutes will be safer and more efficient.

So here we have another drawing of Sidewalk Toronto at Quayside on the Toronto Waterfront. This one shows people and cars and buses on top, and garbage trucks and other vehicles below.

By dividing humans and machinery, Quayside solves traffic and congestion-related problems (SIDEWALK LABS)

Sidewalk Toronto combines residential, commercial and office space, emphasizing such values as community, safety, affordability, and technology.


Toronto Waterfront, as we see it from Toronto Island.

The view from Toronto Island (Pexels)

The Waterfront is a perfect blend of natural and urban.

On one hand, it’s beautiful and tranquil; on the other, it’s full of excitement and adventure.

From fine-dining and entertainment to excursions on the lake, there’s just so much to see, do, taste, and discover.

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