Harbourfront (Neighbourhood Spotlight)

Toronto’s Harbourfront or waterfront community borders lake Ontario in the downtown core of the city. It is one of the city’s busiest areas during the summer months as tourists and locals gather to enjoy waterfront trails, trendy restaurants, and sightseeing. This community’s boundaries extend from Bathurst Street in the west, along Queens Quay until Yonge street. The neighbourhood only goes as far north as the Gardiner expressway. So what is there to do in this area?

The harbourfront is home to the Jack Layton Ferry terminal that takes its passengers to the Toronto Islands. The Toronto Islands can be a fun place to explore in the summer months, guests with children should also visit the Centre Island Amusement park. If you don’t want to venture out to the islands, there is still plenty to do on the mainland.

Take a stroll through one of the many waterfront parks or even do a little sunbathing at HTO, Toronto’s urban beach. There are also plenty of restaurants to enjoy in this area as well. If you are a fan of beer you will want to check out Amsterdam Brew House located on Queens Quay. This massive brewery/restaurant boasts a huge dining space as well as 3 different patio areas, overlooking the lake. If you are looking for a little fine dining, be sure to visit Harbour Sixty Steakhouse located on Harbour Street. Indulge in some of the finest cuts of steak in the city and take a walk along the lake to finish the night.