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  • What’s Next for Parliament Slip?

    Posted: Dec 16, 2021  

    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, creating a place where you can enjoy the water’s edge.


  • Looking Back on the First Waterfront Artists in Residence

    Posted: Dec 6, 2021  

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


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

    Posted: Nov 15, 2021  

    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.


  • Climate Resilience: Protection Against Flooding and Extreme Weather

    Posted: Nov 8, 2021  

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


  • Indigenous Design in New Parks and Communities for Toronto

    Posted: Nov 8, 2021  

    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.


  • Love Park: A Love Letter to Resilience

    Posted: Oct 15, 2021  

    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.


  • Refinements Coming to Trolley Crescent

    Posted: Sep 13, 2021  

    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 served as an opportunity to learn how people use Trolley Crescent.


  • Indigenous Public Art is coming to the West Don Lands!

    Posted: Aug 31, 2021  

    New Indigenous public art is on the way for the West Don Lands.


  • Olamina: A New Face in Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Aug 10, 2021  

    A new temporary art installation titled Olamina is in Aitken Place Park! The piece, by BSAM Canada, will be on display until late October.


  • Connecting People and Opportunities to the Water

    Posted: Jul 30, 2021  

    Looking back on our progress shows us just how important it is to create a connected waterfront for everyone to enjoy. Not only does our work span the waterfront, but it also connects past projects, current undertakings, and future initiatives that transform and bring opportunity to the city, while creating vibrant public spaces.


  • The Peacemaker's Canoe

    Posted: Jul 14, 2021  

    A floating installation titled the Peacemaker's Canoe is now on the waterfront! The piece, by Jay Havens, will be on display for the summer.


  • How to Move a 1920s Fire Hall

    Posted: Jul 5, 2021  

    Built in the 1920s, Fire Hall 30 was a working fire station until 1980. Many buildings along Commissioners have been demolished, but the Fire Hall is being preserved and we have to move it.


  • Health through an Indigenous lens: Understanding Anishnawbe Health Toronto's Indigenous Hub

    Posted: Jun 21, 2021  

    For thousands of years, the site on which the Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) Indigenous Hub will sit has been an ever-changing landscape.


  • Get to know Ryan Rice, Waterfront Toronto's Indigenous Public Art Curator

    Posted: Jun 9, 2021  

    Earlier this year Ryan Rice was selected to lead two site-specific public art calls for the West Don Lands, one to be located at the King/Queen/River Triangle and another at the future Indigenous Hub on Cherry Street.


  • How Love Park Came to Be

    Posted: May 10, 2021  

    we’re taking a look back at the multi-stage design and consultation process that has led to the final design for the highly anticipated new public space.


  • 2020 Marine Use Strategy Report – Navigating Improvements to our Waterfront and Harbour

    Posted: Mar 7, 2021  

    The 2020 Marine Use Strategy aligns the 2006 strategy with new planning initiatives, ongoing and planned development projects, infrastructure investments and habitat restoration projects.


  • A Green Gateway to the Waterfront

    Posted: Mar 4, 2021  

    Tree-lined sidewalks will outline the pathways in and around the park site, marking the shift to a calm city refuge. Rolling elevated grassy mounds provide further buffer from nearby roadways and offer space to relax and enjoy the park at different vantage points.


  • Love Park: The Heart of Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 25, 2021  

    Reclaimed as public space from its former use as the Gardiner’s York-Bay-Yonge eastbound off-ramp, the park will be the ultimate ode to connection, community, and nature.


  • Healthy and Resilient Neighbourhoods, By Design

    Posted: Feb 10, 2021  

    Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, our city is growing and will continue to do so in the years to come.


  • Celebrating Indigenous Art and the Year of Public Art

    Posted: Jan 22, 2021  

    Waterfront Toronto is pleased to announce that Ryan Rice will join us as Indigenous Public Art Curator. We look forward to contributing to the Year of Public Art by advancing work on our permanent and temporary public art programs.


  • Now more than ever: Planning for the public good

    Posted: Jan 18, 2021  

    We are constantly adapting to the changes brought on by COVID-19 and at times it hasn’t been easy. Knowing the challenges our city has faced over the past year and looking ahead to a post-pandemic recovery, we know that Toronto’s waterfront continues to play an important role in making our city a great place to live, work and play.


  • Have fun outside on the waterfront this winter

    Posted: Dec 23, 2020  

    While this year has presented unique challenges and this festive season feels vastly different than usual, there are still several opportunities to get outside on the waterfront and enjoy some free, socially distanced winter activities.


  • Virtual Town Hall - Toronto's Waterfront, Now More Than Ever

    Posted: Dec 14, 2020  

    Thank you to all those who joined our live Virtual Town Hall. We hope that you learned something new about what is happening on the waterfront and are excited about what’s ahead.


  • Understanding the 2020 Marine Use Strategy

    Posted: Nov 10, 2020  

    Our 2020 Marine Use Strategy will identify what actions are needed to best accommodate & balance the diverse uses of Toronto's harbour.


  • Building Resilience - Looking Back at 2019-20

    Posted: Aug 25, 2020  

    2020 is a powerful reminder that our decisions in calmer times – the investments we make, the relationships we build – shape our ability to weather a crisis. In our 2019-20 Integrated Annual Report, we look back at how our work over the past year has contributed to a resilient waterfront.


  • How Villiers Island Will Create Jobs, Greenspace and More

    Posted: Jun 23, 2020  

    The precinct plan for Villiers Island is blueprint for a new climate positive neighbourhood that will bring jobs and greenspace to Toronto’s water’s edge. Precinct plans lay the groundwork to rezone land for new uses, including residential and park land. The 33.5 hectare area in the Port Lands that will become Villiers Island is currently zoned only for industrial use, like most of the Central Waterfront before we began revitalization. The Villiers Island Precinct Plan provides a vision and planning framework to guide the development of Villiers Island in Toronto’s Port Lands. As the first mixed-use community in the Port Lands, Villiers Island will kick-start revitalization, contributing to the creation of a series of unique and memorable districts.


  • At-Home Science Experiments: Animals and Their Habitats in the Park

    Posted: Mar 31, 2020  

    Port Lands Flood Protection relies on many different science and engineering disciplines. We’re also building parks, play spaces, and habitat for animals.


  • Writing the Next Chapter in the Story of Our Waterfront

    Posted: Mar 9, 2020  

    With almost two decades of achievement propelling us forward, Waterfront Toronto is positioned to take the next steps in creating one of the best waterfronts in the world. Learn more in our latest blog post.


  • Propelled by Partnership

    Posted: Mar 2, 2020  

    Partnership is the key to our success. From our collaboration across all three levels of government to our thoughtful public engagement, read more about how partnerships will propel our work over the next five years in our new blog.


  • 20 Years of Placemaking

    Posted: Feb 24, 2020  

    We are excited to share our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan—a guiding document that explores past accomplishments, outlines the exciting work that is currently underway on the waterfront and proposes a series of aspirational projects for the future. Learn more in this blog post.


  • Another Step Towards a Continuous Waterfront Walk

    Posted: Jan 27, 2020  

    When we asked you to identify priorities for Toronto’s waterfront, a continuous promenade was at the top of the list. Later on in 2020, we’ll start construction on the first section of a continuous waterfront walkway!


  • Nature and Parks in the Port Lands

    Posted: Nov 4, 2019  

    The river valley and surrounding green spaces will recreate several types of habitats in the Port Lands.


  • Parks for the Twenty-First Century

    Posted: Nov 4, 2019  

    We're building heavily-designed infrastructure, engineered to protect hundreds of hectares from flooding. Integrated into this infrastructure will be a series of connected aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial habitats.


  • Building North America's Most Unique Streets

    Posted: Nov 4, 2019  

    By 2024, we will have transformed major sections of Cherry, Commissioners Street and the Don Roadway. These streets will be some of the most unique landscapes in the city.


  • There’s a brand-new park on Toronto’s waterfront

    Posted: Oct 21, 2019  

    Located in the heart of the emerging Bayside community, Aitken Place Park is a newly completed waterfront park connecting the area with the broader East Bayfront neighbourhood – a growing live, work, play and learn destination.


  • Connecting People to the Waterfront

    Posted: Oct 10, 2019  

    Part of our mission is to connect people with the water. We’ve been working on eliminating physical barriers to Lake Ontario by protecting public space along the water’s edge.


  • Touring the Toronto waterfront at North America’s leading transportation conference

    Posted: Sep 13, 2019  

    This past week, hundreds of people from Canada and the United States participated in the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ 2019 Designing Cities Conference – including Waterfront Toronto who hosted two WalkShops along the waterfront.


  • Welcome to Toronto’s newest waterfront community: East Bayfront

    Posted: Aug 9, 2019  

    Up until the early 2000's, East Bayfront was a vacant and underutilized area just east of Toronto's central waterfront. After years of planning and consultation, this neighbourhood is now a thriving, mixed-use community where people from all walks of life can live, work, play and learn.


  • Delivering Design Excellence on the Waterfront: 14 Years with the Design Review Panel

    Posted: Aug 7, 2019  

    Canada’s Sugar Beach is one of the many spaces along Toronto’s waterfront that has been influenced by the feedback provided through the Design Review Panel.


  • Quayside Update to Waterfront Design Review Panel

    Posted: Jul 25, 2019  

    Waterfront Toronto's Design Review Panel (DRP) considered elements of Sidewalk Labs' proposal for Quayside at its July 24, 2019 meeting (MIDP Overview and Urban Design - Stage 2). This was an opportunity for Sidewalk Labs to introduce the Draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) and show their design intent for Quayside and receive feedback from the DRP. Learn more in this blog post.


  • There’s a striking new public art installation in the Toronto harbour

    Posted: Jul 18, 2019  

    Waterfront Toronto has sponsored a temporary public art exhibit in the Toronto harbour called SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers). The installation will run until mid-September 2019.


  • The Future of Waterfront Revitalization: Aspirational Projects

    Posted: May 6, 2019  

    We've reached the end of our blog series that dives into the three big goals that Waterfront Toronto will work towards achieving by 2023/24. In this post, we highlight four aspirational projects that we will explore over the next five years that will help make Toronto a world-class waterfront.


  • The Future of Waterfront Revitalization: Priority Projects

    Posted: Apr 15, 2019  

    We recently launched our Five-Year Strategic Plan and began a four-part blog series showcasing how we propose to create a world-class waterfront. In this second installment, we’ll take an in depth look at our Priority Projects and what we intend to deliver by the end of 2023/24.


  • Waterfront Toronto: a legacy of achievement, an exciting future

    Posted: Apr 8, 2019  

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Future of Toronto's Waterfront and 20th Anniversary of the Fung Task Force that would recommend the creation of Waterfront Toronto. To celebrate, we're launching a four-part blog series that explores the history of Toronto's waterfront and what's in store for the next five years.


  • CSRSR Profile Series: Inclusive Communities

    Posted: Apr 3, 2019  

    In the fourth installment of our 2017 CSRSR profile series, we’re looking at how Waterfront Toronto delivers inclusive communities along the lake by creating affordable housing, an accessible public realm and meaningful public engagement opportunities.


  • CSRSR Profile Series: Aquatic Habitat

    Posted: Mar 7, 2019  

    For the third installment of our 2017 CSRSR profile series, we're headed underwater to explore the important role that Waterfront Toronto has played in supporting Lake Ontario's aquatic ecosystems.


  • CSRSR Profile Series: Public Realm

    Posted: Jan 23, 2019  

    In this five-part CSRSR Profile Series, we explore different themes and key accomplishments that have come out of our 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. For our first installment, we dive into some of our public realm achievements.


  • A winter guide to fostering healthy streets in Toronto

    Posted: Jan 17, 2019  

    Whether you love or hate the snow, we can all agree that keeping our streets safe and accessible is a top priority in the winter. There are many methods to managing snow and ice - but some methods could be negatively impacting the environment, including nearby trees and waterways. This post outlines sustainable de-icing practices that are simple and effective.


  • Meet the Port Lands in 2024

    Posted: Nov 28, 2018  

    On November 28, Waterfront Toronto and our government partners gathered in the Port Lands to mark a critical step in making these dreams a reality. Learn more here.


  • Here’s how we report on our social responsibility and sustainability practices

    Posted: Nov 20, 2018  

    We're pleased to announce the release of our 2015-2017 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. In this blog post, we explore the importance of this reporting for Waterfront Toronto and highlight some of our key achievements over the last few years.


  • We’re replacing trees along Queens Quay. Here’s why.

    Posted: Oct 24, 2018  

    In October 2018, Watefront Toronto will begin replacing 154 trees along Queens Quay. In this blog post, we explore why we are undertaking this work and what our vision for the street is.


  • Imagining the model 21st Century neighbourhood

    Posted: Sep 26, 2018  

    We held a series of Design Jams on September 17-19, where Sidewalk Toronto project team members, subject matter experts, and community members offered their perspectives on themes including Vertical Living, Water Connections and People on Wheels.


  • Recap: Sidewalk Toronto’s Third Public Roundtable

    Posted: Aug 23, 2018  

    Missed our recent consultation meeting? You can still participate by watching the livestream and downloading the workbook and meeting materials. Read this recap to learn more.


  • Tell Us What You Think About the Proposed Designs for York Street Park and Rees Street Park!

    Posted: Jul 12, 2018  

    Earlier this year, we launched an innovative design competition with the City of Toronto for two new waterfront parks. Ten talented and creative design teams from around the world were selected to compete – and now you can see their proposals!


  • Waterfront Toronto at Summer Movie Nights in Parks

    Posted: Jul 6, 2018  

    Movie nights in Toronto’s parks are some of the loveliest times of the summer and we know that they draw diverse crowds of people from across the city, and even further afield.


  • Design Teams Announced for York Street and Rees Street Park Design Competition

    Posted: May 16, 2018  

    Ten international design teams will spend the next six weeks coming up with bold and innovative ideas for York Street Park and Rees Street Park.


  • Tell Us About the Experiences You’d Like to Have in Two New Waterfront Parks

    Posted: Mar 9, 2018  

    On January 22, 2018, we held a public meeting to gather feedback from local residents on what experiences they'd like to have at the new York Street and Rees Street Parks. This feedback will help to inform the design brief given to teams during the upcoming design competition for the two new waterfront spaces. If you missed the meeting, there are still plenty of ways to get involved and give us your feedback.


  • Summary: Community Consultation on Port Lands Flood Protection

    Posted: Feb 26, 2018  

    Missed our recent community meeting? Watch the presentation and Q&A here.


  • What Makes A Great Park?

    Posted: Dec 5, 2017  

    While all parks are distinct in their own ways, great parks share common characteristics such as access to the surrounding community, a variety of activities, comfort and quality design. In a truly great urban park, all of these elements blend together to create an enjoyable space for everyone.


  • Don Mouth Naturalization Becomes a Reality

    Posted: Aug 23, 2017  

    This June, we announced $1.25 billion in tri-government funding for Waterfront Toronto to naturalize the mouth of the Don River, provide flood protection and lay the groundwork for new communities. This project will be a vital part of helping Toronto grow in a sustainable way. Learn more about the history of the project and what's to come.


  • A New Pathway to The Ferry Terminal

    Posted: Jul 11, 2017  

    If you've ever stood in a crowd waiting to get to the ferries, you know every bit of space counts. That's why we're widening the pathway from Bay Street all the way to the terminal gates. Construction starts this fall.


  • Arts and Culture Across the Waterfront this Summer

    Posted: Jun 29, 2017  

    Waterfront Toronto is proud to present another summer of fun and participatory arts and cultural events. This summer’s program of arts and cultural events includes a range of activities for all ages – dance, music, theatre, performance, and community-engaged artwork. Here is a list of this summer's programming.


  • Movies on the Common returns to Corktown Common this July

    Posted: Jun 21, 2017  

    This summer, our friends at Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) proudly bring Movies on the Common back to Corktown Common. Following a successful one-night outdoor screening last summer, the series returns to Corktown Common Thursdays in July with a programme of short and feature films about sports, competition, and overcoming social barriers.


  • Town Hall Recap: 5 highlights about the future of waterfront revitalization

    Posted: Jun 15, 2017  

    As we enter the second phase of waterfront revitalization, there are new transformational projects on the horizon. On Tuesday, June 6, more than 240 people joined us at a public town hall where our CEO, Will Fleissig updated the community on our evolving mandate, new strategies and the major projects that will define the waterfront’s future. Here are five highlights from the Town Hall.


  • Come for a Walk with Us: Upcoming Tours

    Posted: May 26, 2017  

    We’re very excited to announce a slate of tours coming up for spring 2017. Check out our tours for the season and get full details on our Eventbrite pages.


  • Waterfront Toronto Town Hall 2017

    Posted: May 25, 2017  

    We’re hosting a public town hall on Tuesday, June 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the George Brown College Waterfront Campus. Our President and CEO, Will Fleissig, will give community members an update on what we’ve been up to over the last year, the new context for Waterfront Toronto, our evolving mandate, new strategy and major projects that will define our future.


  • Waterfront Toronto’s FUTURE CITIES Talks Return for a Discussion on Making Social Impact

    Posted: Mar 21, 2017  

    Join us on Sunday, March 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the second edition of FUTURE CITIES talks. Hosted by Waterfront Toronto CEO William Fleissig, who will be joined by special guests Sharmini Fernando, Lisa Switkin and Rebecca Carbin.


  • Taking Pride in Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017  

    We've been working hard to make Toronto's post-industrial waterfront a place to be proud of. Old parking lots and abandoned lands have been reimagined as dynamic new spaces for people. From cotton-candy-pink umbrellas and sugary white sand at Canada’s Sugar Beach to the chirping crickets and frogs of Corktown Common’s wetland, it's time to fall in love with your waterfront again.


  • Fueling Arts, Culture and Creativity on Toronto’s Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 9, 2017  

    Building on the success of the last summer’s art in waterfront parks, in 2017 we’re doing even more to ensure that Toronto’s waterfront is a place for culture and creativity.


  • Toronto, This Is Your Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 7, 2017  

    For more than a decade, Waterfront Toronto has been working diligently to make Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront a place for people. We’ve already completed more than 20 new and improved parks and public spaces, essential infrastructure to protect the city’s downtown – including the Financial District – from catastrophic flooding, and new neighbourhoods like the West Don Lands. Have you been out to explore our new waterfront?


  • From the Archives: Sherbourne Common (North)

    Posted: Feb 1, 2017  

    In this edition of From the Archives, we explore the transformation of the north side of Sherbourne Common from an industrial area to one of Toronto's most unique public spaces.


  • From the Archives: Sherbourne Common (South)

    Posted: Jan 16, 2017  

    In this edition of From the Archives, we explore the transformation of the south side of Sherbourne Common from an industrial area to one of Toronto's most unique public spaces.


  • Winning Team Selected for Public Art Installation in Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Dec 22, 2016  

    Waterfront Toronto has awarded the public art commission for Aitken Place Park to the Calgary-based artist team of Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett, and Studio North. The artists have proposed a large-scale light projection that invites slow, contemplative interaction with visitors to the park.


  • Our Fall Favourites Along the Waterfront

    Posted: Nov 9, 2016  

    As the prime fall foliage season is inching closer to its end in Toronto, there is no better way to make the most of the beautiful red and golden hues than to explore the waterfront. Here's a list of our favourite things to do and see along the waterfront this fall.


  • Summer Along the Waterfront: 2016 Edition

    Posted: Oct 6, 2016  

    This summer, the Toronto waterfront was abuzz with activity thanks to some incredible weather and a number of exciting (and new) events. With Autumn now in full swing, we're taking a look back at some of the season highlights along the water’s edge that kept residents and visitors alike entertained all summer long.


  • What is a Flood Protection Landform?

    Posted: Sep 23, 2016  

    In this blog post, we explore the importance of the flood protection landform in the West Don Lands - a vital piece of urban infrastructure that sits beneath the surface of Corktown Common and protects more than 500 acres of downtown lands from flooding.


  • Parking It: Ashbridges Bay Park

    Posted: Sep 7, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Ashbridges Bay Park.


  • Parking It: Tommy Thompson Park

    Posted: Aug 16, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering Tommy Thompson Park this week.


  • Sacred Song and Dance Will Transform This Toronto Park Into An Opera House for One Night

    Posted: Aug 11, 2016  

    On Thursday, August 18 – the night of the full moon – artist and director Irene Cortes will present The Gata: Water Ceremony, a new Buddhist Opera work that celebrates Water and Life through a fusion of contemporary dance, song and sacred ritual. (Photo by Connie Tsang)


  • From the Archives: Corktown Common

    Posted: Aug 9, 2016  

    What was once part of a neglected post-industrial area within a floodplain, Corktown Common now functions as both a captivating public space and critical flood protection mechanism.


  • Parking It: Discovering HTO Park

    Posted: Aug 2, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering HTO Park this week.


  • Parking It: Discovering Coronation Park

    Posted: Jul 25, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. We're discovering Coronation Park this week.


  • Parking It: Discovering Mimico Waterfront Park

    Posted: Jul 15, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks. This week we're discovering Mimico Waterfront Park.


  • Parking It: Discovering Marie Curtis Park

    Posted: Jul 8, 2016  

    Parking It is a weekly series of blog posts – running all summer long – that will explore Toronto’s system of waterfront parks.


  • Creating a Hub for Community Underneath the Gardiner

    Posted: Jul 6, 2016  

    Buildings have sprouted around this western section of the Gardiner Expressway so that now it weaves its way through some of the densest, fast-growing neighbourhoods in the city. How can we create new community amenities to serve this population?


  • George Brown College: An Exciting Step Forward with a Reverential Nod to the Past

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016  

    This fall, more than 500 students will move into their new home-away-from-home at George Brown College’s first student residence. To celebrate this exciting milestone, George Brown gave th new space an iconic name and identity - The George. The brand new facility also contains a spacious conference centre that will officially be known as The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre, in recognition of two important leaders in the anti-slavery struggle in Toronto and who were long time community contributors.


  • A Pedestrian Bridge Under the Gardiner: Creating a Connection That is Also a Place

    Posted: Jun 16, 2016  

    A new pedestrian bridge under the Gardiner Expressway will not only be a safe way to cross Fort York Boulevard. It also aspires to be a place worth visiting in and of itself.


  • What’s With The Blue Flags?

    Posted: Jun 9, 2016  

    For 17 days in June, Luminato will take over the Hearn Generating Station in the Port Lands. During the festival, the heritage building's montumental 770 foot smokestack will be illuminated at night in a wash of light, attracting people to experience the possibilities of this area and hinting at what's to come for the Port Lands. En route to the Hearn you may notice a wave of blue flags along Cherry Street, marking one of the spots where the street will cross the new river valley.


  • Bringing the Toronto’s Historic Shoreline to Life: the Liquid Landscape at Fort York

    Posted: May 30, 2016  

    Beneath the Gardiner Expressway the landscape around the Fort York Visitor Centre will use natural plantings of tall grasses to mimic the historic shoreline of Lake Ontario, including ice skating during the frozen months.


  • Underpass Park Redefines the Future of Public Realm

    Posted: May 18, 2016  

    As cities around the world become more densely populated, there is a need to be increasingly creative in finding new public spaces for communities to enjoy. Turning our attention to the overpasses that dissect Toronto allows us to reimage the future of public realm by transforming these neglected spaces into usable community assets. In this blog post, we explore the design ingenuity of Underpass Park which has garnered lots of attention since 2012, including recent recognition by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.


  • How to Name a Public Space that Belongs to the People

    Posted: May 3, 2016  

    For generations, the Gardiner Expressway has been a physical and mental barrier between Toronto and its waterfront. What does it mean to reclaim the space under such a highly contested piece of infrastructure and give it a fresh start?


  • It's Time to Vote for Your Favourite Forever Name for Project: Under Gardiner

    Posted: Apr 28, 2016  

    Voting begins NOW to choose the forever name for Project: Under Gardiner. Go to www.undergardiner.com to see the four finalists and cast your vote. You can vote once a day until the deadline.


  • Creating a Place for Performance Under the Gardiner: Strachan Gate

    Posted: Apr 26, 2016  

    Where the Gardiner Expressway passes over Strachan Avenue, there is an opportunity to create a unique space for music, theatre and other kinds of performance.


  • Bringing Arts and Culture to Our New Waterfront Neighbourhoods

    Posted: Apr 20, 2016  

    Building on the success of Nuit Blanche 2015 and our recent Sugar Beach Sugar Shack event, we’re doing even more to help Torontonians revisit and reimagine their waterfront.


  • The next phase of the West Don Lands is coming to life!

    Posted: Apr 7, 2016  

    When Waterfront Toronto was established, our mandate included the planning and creation of high-quality, sustainable, inclusive communities that are connected to adjacent areas and to the rest of the city. Today, the very first of these new communities – the West Don Lands – is fully open for the public to explore and discover.


  • Sugar High

    Posted: Apr 6, 2016  

    For one weekend in March, Waterfront Toronto transformed Canada’s Sugar Beach into a Québec-style sugar shack, drawing more than 10,000 people to the waterfront.


  • Help Give Project: Under Gardiner a Permanent Name

    Posted: Mar 10, 2016  

    Our city is ready for a new story about the Gardiner Expressway – one filled with hope and possibility. That’s why we need your help to #ReclaimTheName.


  • Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto’s Future

    Posted: Feb 17, 2016  

    Once the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario, the Port Lands is a massive underutilized, brownfield site that is a reminder of Toronto's industrial past. It is one of the last significant undeveloped spaces near the city's downtown core that offers immense potential for jobs, investment and growth, reducing urban sprawl, and for demonstrating global leadership in sustainable city building.


  • The Waterfront Is Getting Sweeter

    Posted: Feb 16, 2016  

    On March 12 and 13, Canada’s Sugar Beach will be transformed into a traditional Sugar Shack – and you’re all invited.


  • Creating and Restoring Natural Habitat Along Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 11, 2016  

    Creating and restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitat is an important part of waterfront revitalization. Together with our partners, we are focused on helping to restore the quality of the lake’s water and shoreline.