Harbourfront is a neighbourhood on the northern shore of Lake Ontario within the downtown core of the city of Toronto. Part of the Toronto waterfront.
Harbourfront extends from Bathurst Street in the west, along Queens Quay, with its ill-defined eastern boundary being either Yonge Street or York Street. Its northern boundary is the Gardiner Expressway. Much of the district was former water lots filled in during the early 1900s to create a larger harbour district. After shipping patterns changed and the use of the Toronto harbour declined, the area was converted from industrial uses to a mixed-use district that is mostly residential and leisure.
Waterfront revitalization is concentrated on Toronto’s central waterfront, an area that extends from Dowling Avenue in the west to Coxwell Avenue in the east. The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront is one of the largest urban redevelopment project currently underway in North America with 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of largely underutilized, derelict land located steps away from Canada’s largest financial and cultural urban core. Full revitalization is projected to take 25 to 30 years and an estimated $17 billion in public and private funds to complete.
According to Waterfront Toronto’s master plan, once fully developed, Toronto’s waterfront will include 40,000 new residences (20% of which will be affordable housing), 40,0000 new jobs, new transit infrastructure and 300 hectares (740 acres) of parks and public spaces.
The area is served by streetcar links with Union, Spadina, and Bathurst subway stations. The 510 Spadina and 509 Harbourfront streetcar routes terminate at Union Station, travel underground along Bay Street, and surface through in the centre ROW lane on Queens Quay west. The streetcar route travels along Queen’s Quay in a separate right-of-way, either to the CNE grounds, up to Spadina or to Bathurst, depending on day of the week and other factors.
The area is accessible from the Spadina Avenue, Yonge/Bay and Jarvis street off-ramps of the Gardiner Expressway.
Toronto Island Ferry operates from the City/Bay Street Docks at the foot of Bay Street and Yonge Street slip.