We are transforming the most heavily used part of Toronto’s waterfront by giving it a bold new look and unified design.
Waterfront Toronto is working to transform the central waterfront area to allow it to live up to its remarkable potential.
Working with a comprehensive plan by West 8 + DTAH, the winners of the 2006 Central Waterfront Innovative Design Competition, Waterfront Toronto is implementing a remarkable vision for the area that will link major waterfront destinations, create new public spaces and give the city the grand waterfront boulevard it deserves.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a powerful, world-class identity for the central waterfront that celebrates the Canadian lakefront experience and provides the public with access to the water’s edge.
In addition to the uniquely Canadian wavedecks at the Spadina, Simcoe and Rees slips, that we’ve already built, we are revitalizing the central waterfront by:
Boundaries: From Bathurst Street to Lower Jarvis Street, south of Lake Shore Boulevard to Lake Ontario
Take a tour of the central waterfront with renowned landscape architect Adriaan Geuze of West 8 as he describes plans for Queens Quay and the water's edge.
The history of Toronto’s waterfront in many ways parallels that of other major port cities. In the heyday of marine shipping, the waterfront was bustling with commercial activity and the growing demand for facilities led to extensive land filling. Two hundred years ago the natural shoreline of Lake Ontario was at Front Street, and all of today’s central waterfront area was created by decades of lake infilling.
With the subsequent decline of shipping and the rise of truck transportation, these large waterfront areas became less useful for industrial purposes, and new visions for their use were needed.
Many efforts have been made over the past hundred years to plan the central waterfront. Learn more about the history of the central waterfront.
Waterfront Toronto holds regular community update meetings designed to provide an overview of projects currently underway in the central waterfront.
Presentations from all community update meetings are available for review.