City of Neighbourhoods Ep. 5: Harbourfront

Visiting the Harbourfront is a perfect way to spend a day or a night in the city. It’s really unfortunate that many people who visit our city don’t realize how gorgeous our waterfront is. Yes, we’re known for busy streets and high-rises but, come on! The Harbourfront deserves more recognition. Don’t believe me? Watch the vlog for yourself!

Distance From Campus:

35 Minute Walk



15 Minutes – Yellow Line: Dundas Station to Union Station, walk to Harbourfront or 509 Harbourfront Streetcar


Fun Facts:

The Harbourfront once welcomed the World’s Largest Rubber Duck before it began its tour across Ontario. There was a lot of debate over bringing the duck to Toronto, more national debate than a rubber toy has ever garnered I’m sure, but it actually ended up being a revenue generator for the city!



Do you recognize this “beach” from the video?


The Harbourfront has hosted thousands of concerts/shows and among the artists who have come to Toronto’s waterfront you’ll find names such as Celine Dion, Oscar Peterson, Jim Carrey and more. Don’t forget in the summer there are concerts every weekend, you can check out the schedule of events here.


Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Justin’s papa!) was the driving force behind transforming the industrial port lands into a cultural and residential district for Toronto. The Harbourfront Project that began 1972 brought about a lot of the art galleries, condos, boating areas, parks, and performance spaces you’ll find today.


My Favourites:

Amsterdam BrewHouseThe Amsterdam is known to have one of the best patios in the whole city! This probably comes from the fact that this giant brewery/restaurant sits right on the Waterfront and has a gorgeous, unobstructed view of Lake Ontario. If you’re looking for a lunch/dinner spot, the 300-seat lakeside patio, 400-seat dining lounge, retail store and craft brewery all-rolled-into-one is perfect for you.

Lavazza Espression: This quaint little cafe sits right on Queens Quay West and you can tell it’s there by the bright red chairs that sit on its green turf. Lavazza is an authentic Italian cafe where you can grab a delicious cup of coffee, a pastry, gelato, or a light snack during your Harbourfront adventure.

Natrel Pond: I just think this pond is adorable. Also, it’s sponsored by milk which I find hilarious. There’s literally a giant life-sized milk carton beside the pond. In the summer you can paddle-boat on the pond and in the winter you can enjoy public skating on the gorgeous rink! Plus it’s right in the centre of all the action on the waterfront.


Hidden Gem:

Power Plant: The first time I found out what the Power Plant was I walked in accidentally and came across the most fascinating (FREE) art gallery. Turns out this contemporary art gallery is free all year for anyone and they have rotating exhibits that come from all over the world. So what are you waiting for?!

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