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A Place to Touch the Water: Parliament Slip goes to Design Review Panel for Preliminary Feedback

Located at the heart of the eastern central waterfront, Parliament Slip presents a special opportunity to create a bustling year-round gathering place where people can swim, launch a kayak, visit a floating restaurant or have a picnic by the water’s edge.

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Climate Change Expressed Through Public Art

Public art helps us reflect on one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. Read how Lisa Hirmer, 2022 waterfront artist-in-residence, will explore what it means to be human in the climate emergency. 

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Little Pilot Project: Big Impact

Waterfront Toronto is testing more sustainable materials and bioretention planting through the Lake Shore Boulevard East Sidewalk Pilot Project. The results will help design the new Lake Shore Boulevard East and inform new city-wide Green Street Standards.

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Park honouring Terry Fox secures new Council support

Waterfront Toronto and the Legacy Art Project Toronto (LAPT) celebrated City Council’s decision to help fund this incredible proposal to honour Terry Fox through a public art installation and landscaped park at 439 Queens Quay West. 

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100-Year-Old Seeds

Our team got a great surprise when plants sprouted from a historical seedbank in the Port Lands.

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Dream Unlimited and Great Gulf Group selected to develop Quayside

Waterfront Toronto will begin negotiations with Dream Unlimited Corp. (Dream) and Great Gulf Group, known as Quayside Impact Limited Partnership, for developing the Quayside site in downtown Toronto. Today’s announcement comes after a competitive process, with four teams vying for the opportunity…

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An Innovative Waterfront That is More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Toronto’s waterfront is gaining a reputation as a dynamic destination where our attention to careful planning, sustainable infrastructure and a high-quality public realm draws employers and innovators. This second of our three-part blog series highlighting key projects in our Rolling Five-Year…

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Limberlost Place: Leading the Mass-Timber Movement

Limberlost Place is a new building on Toronto’s waterfront that will become one of Ontario’s first institutional mass-timber tall-wood buildings.

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Leading with Landscape: A New Way of City-Building

We aim to make every project — from infrastructure to new buildings to parks and promenades — support the wider urban and ecological environment, creating a waterfront that's more than the sum of its parts. Read this final piece of our blog series highlighting key projects and goals from our…

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A Waterfront Landscape Designed for Everyone

Our most recent Rolling Five-Year Strategic Plan 2022/23 - 2026/27 sets out our long-term strategic priorities with a specific focus on the year ahead. This three-part blog series highlights these priorities — public good, jobs and innovation and city-building — beginning with how Waterfront…

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Looking Back on the First Waterfront Artists in Residence

Take a look back at the many pieces of art, interactive events, exhibitions and installations BSAM Canada, our inaugural Waterfront Artists in Residence produces as part of their 16-month residency.

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New artist-in-residence appointed for Toronto’s waterfront

Waterfront Toronto and the Waterfront BIA are pleased to announce that interdisciplinary artist Lisa Hirmer has been appointed as the waterfront’s next official artist-in-residence. Hirmer’s work critically examines the way that human relationships interact with their surrounding ecologies and asks…

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The Art of the Possible

Waterfront Toronto has a new partnership with Akin that creates affordable studio space on the waterfront at Quayside. Activating unused space on a temporary basis will bring many visual artists, designers and creatives to 200 Queens Quay East.  

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What’s Next for Parliament Slip?

From the peak of marine shipping around the turn of the 20th century, Toronto’s waterfront was studded with a series of ‘slips’, where ships unloaded cargo. Read how the proposed design to transform Parliament Slip will help connect people from across city with the lake and Villiers Island,…

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Bringing Back the Don - 30 Years of Citizen Advocacy

In 1991, a citizen led Task Force released a report about Don River. It was the start of something big and lead to the Port Lands Flood Protection Project – one of the largest urban waterfront revitalization projects in North America.

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COP26 and Local Action: Villiers Island, Toronto’s Climate Positive Neighbourhood

Designing a new neighbourhood offers a unique opportunity to show leadership on sustainable development. Through the creation and deployment of real-world solutions that help mitigate climate change, Villiers Island will demonstrate what it means to lead with sustainability and resilience.

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Climate Resilience: Protection Against Flooding and Extreme Weather

Climate change is already happening. Here’s what we can do to enhance the resilience of waterfront communities in Toronto.

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Indigenous Design in New Parks and Communities for Toronto

Waterfront Toronto has always sought to include Indigenous voices in our design and planning for new communities and parks. But we recognize the need to move beyond consultation.

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COP26 and the Importance of Local Action: Green Building Requirements

On October 31, world leaders will meet to negotiate increased carbon reduction targets to keep global warming below 1.5oC. In this blog, we discuss how Waterfront Toronto’s Green Building Requirements provide a local response to this global call to action.

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Love Park: A Love Letter to Resilience

Waterfront Toronto is committed to delivering resilient projects that can adapt to a changing climate and an increase in extreme weather events. From stormwater management to biophilic design, see how this commitment has been translated into the design of Love Park.

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Refinements Coming to Trolley Crescent

In order to improve safety and experience for the variety of users along Trolley Crescent, strategic design refinements are being implemented. These final design refinements to the woonerf were determined using the feedback we received from the public survey issued in December 2020, which also…

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Building Connections Towards a Thriving Community

Get to know the co-leads of BSAM Canada, the inaugural Waterfront Artists in Residence, and learn how the program is creating opportunities for artists and helping connect communities with the waterfront.

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Bridging the Gap to Next Generation Sustainable Communities

Our commitment to deliver on unprecedented sustainability targets ensures that Toronto’s waterfront will be enjoyed for generations. We’re taking steps to protect the environment and habitats on the waterfront, while creating sustainable communities and public spaces.