a tree lined promenade along the water's edge

Portland Slip

A vibrant new promenade next to a prominent historical landmark.

Along the west side of the Portland Slip, a generous, tree-lined pedestrian promenade offers new access to the water’s edge along the central waterfront. The granite promenade, which is one of the defining features of our revitalized waterfront, stretches 9.7-metre wide and is made of a two-toned red and grey maple leaf mosaic pattern. A double row of native maple trees offer shade and wind protection. The promenade also provides a pedestrian connection to Ireland Park, an often overlooked public space located on the south east corner of Eireann Quay, tucked behind the Canada Malting Silos. Ireland Park commemorates the 38,000 Irish immigrants who fled during the Famine of 1847 for Toronto.


The new promenade stretches 130 metres along the west side of the Portland Slip from the lake to the existing sidewalk just east of the Harbourfront Community Centre. Designed by West 8 + DTAH, as part of the overall plan for the downtown waterfront, the water’s edge promenade helps connect our waterfront parks and public spaces. 

Quick Facts


West side of the Portland Slip; south of Queens Quay Blvd. just west of Bathurst St.

Design Team:

West 8 + DTAH


Two hectares (five acres)

Promenade Size:

130 metres long, 9.7-metre wide granite mosaic

Number of trees:

25 on the promenade

Building The Portland Slip


Waterfront Toronto worked with the City of Toronto to ensure that required municipal infrastructure work at the Portland Slip resulted in a new stretch of water’s edge promenade. 


Following the City's dockwall repairs, Waterfront Toronto widened the area by cantilevering out from the dockwall in order to build the Portland Slip water’s edge promenade next to the silos site.