7 ways to get on the water in Toronto

Summers in Toronto are lived on the water, but you don’t have to travel all the way to a cottage to do so. We have plenty of water activities for the whole family to take advantage of, right here in downtown Toronto.  Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s waterfront is the most convenient […]

Patios open on the waterfront

Now that we’re in Phase 2 of the post-pandemic reopening plan for Toronto, restaurants and lounges are now able to open their patios and just in time for summer.  Continuing to support your local restaurants also helps them and their staff to stay afloat and many are still offering take out and delivery if you’re […]

COVID-19 Programs & Resources for Businesses

status UPDATES on COVID-19 As Toronto entered Stage 3 of Ontario's restart phase on Friday, July 31st, nearly all businesses and public spaces are allowed to reopen including indoor dining, gyms, fitness studios, theatres, cosmetic clinics and playgrounds. Learn about the framework for reopening in Stage 3. Covid-19 in Toronto Guidelines to prevent COVID-19 in the [...]

Health and wellness services and professionals available on the waterfront

Public health is paramount these days and we strongly encourage residents to shelter in place during the COVID-19 health emergency. The following health and wellness services are being provided by local businesses and professionals, including: Pharmacies open for prescriptions and refills, including delivery. Emergency dental. Clinics for mental health, physiotherapy, chiropractic, nutrition services, including virtual […]

COVID-19 Programs & Resources for Businesses

The Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency ordering all businesses, excluding those that have been deemed to be essential businesses, to close by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th. The list of businesses ordered to close includes: bars, restaurants (excluding take-out and delivery), theatres, childcare centres, recreation centres, and private schools. The Province [...]

Local businesses offering TAKE OUT and DELIVERY on the waterfront

Restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafes were all ordered to shut down to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, but staying home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good food or somehow learn to be an amazing cook all of the sudden. There are still restaurants and cafes offering take out and delivery.  Continuing to support […]

7 Places to brunch on the waterfront

Torontonians love brunch. It’s a thing, it’s a way of life.  Sunday mornings with friends, some version of an alcoholic beverage for some hair of the dog and of eggs or avo toast, to reminisce over the weekend we just had, has become the event we look forward to the most. So to help you […]

February Events on the Waterfront

You may not think of the waterfront in winter, but it’s a booming and happening place with activities, art installations, events and delicious food. Here is our round up of Toronto events happening on the waterfront this February: KUUMBA Toronto’s longest running Black History Month celebration at 25 years. In addition to their exhibits, Kuumba […]

Winter on the Waterfront: What’s Happening

Toronto’s waterfront is synonymous with summer, where you can wander the shops and markets, rent bikes and kayaks, go on a boat cruise, or just take a nice stroll on the promenade. BUT, winter on the waterfront is actually (almost) equally as fun, with lots of things to do. Eat Pie Bar Pizza is clearly […]

What’s on at the Waterfront: November Events and Deals

New day, new eats: Pie Bar daily features are here Calling all office workers! Change up your lunchtime routine with a visit to Pie Bar. Enjoy a lunch size pizza or half panini with a garden salad every Monday-Friday from 11a-3p and take a break from the office on Pie Bar’s  gorgeous 2-level patio. Chef […]

Waterfront ReConnect – BIA paints Gardiner with vision of safer, attractive waterfront connections

Gardiner underpasses are not the most welcoming neighbourhood gateways As one of Toronto’s premier destinations and most beautiful places to see the city, millions visit the waterfront each year to explore attractions such as Queens Quay, Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Islands. With many visiting on foot, the necessary walk south isn’t the most welcoming […]

Winter Stations and The Waterfront BIA partner on an art-filled Winter along Lake Ontario

15 illuminated seesaws will take over the central waterfront.

10 of the best things to do on Toronto’s waterfront this fall

Don’t spend all autumn holed up inside.

What’s on at the Waterfront: September Deals

Let’s face it: the sun is setting on summer. And while you’re no longer able to head off to the beach every weekend, you shouldn’t be holed up counting your sweaters until fall officially sweeps in. What you should be doing, though, is taking advantage of all the red-hot end-of-summer deals the waterfront has to […]

15 cool end-of-summer things to do on the waterfront

Here’s everything you need to see, do, eat, and drink.

What’s on at the waterfront this July?

Even after all the Canada Day events simmer down, there’s still plenty of incredible things to see and do on the waterfront all month long. When you’re not enjoying free outdoor music concerts or embracing patio season to the fullest, you’ll be hitting up block parties and indulging in delish bites from some of Toronto’s […]

The Redpath Waterfront Festival sails into Toronto

Jump on board! The tall ships return to Toronto’s waterfront Canada Day weekend, June 29 – July 1, for the 9th annual Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport. Tour the legendary Bluenose II, the ship on our dime, and discover Picton Castle, a deep sea ship known for her sail-training adventures around the […]

7 things you have to do this long weekend

Enjoy three days of work-free bliss on Toronto’s waterfront.

What’s on at the waterfront this May?

Now that spring is in full swing, there’s certainly no shortage of exciting things to do on the waterfront! Kick off May by escaping to the Islands for a little R&R and scenic views of Toronto’s iconic skyline.  Then, get summer ready by perfecting your Lotus Pose with unlimited yoga classes. As for this month’s […]

‘Build it, they will use it’ – Waterfront Commuter Survey says

A study conducted by the Toronto Waterfront BIA shows strong interest from people commuting to work to use expanded transit. According to the study, workers who reside in Toronto, and GTA residents commuting to the downtown, would significantly increase their transit use with the Waterfront East LRT. Highlights of the study include: 53.5% of workers […]

5 activities on the waterfront your family will love this March Break

March Break doesn’t have to be spent parked in front of the TV.

Waterfront BIA 2018 Annual General Meeting

The Waterfront BIA held its annual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 29, 2018. The following documents from the meeting are now available online: Minutes of November 29, 2018 AGM (adopted, for approval at 2019 AGM) Presentation slides referred to in Minutes Annual General MeetingWaterfront BIA

5 family-friendly things to do on the waterfront this Family Day

Here’s what’s see, do and eat on Toronto’s waterfront this long weekend.

Where to spend Valentine’s Day on the Waterfront

Enjoy flavourful eats and breathtaking lakeside views.

New report says jobs, housing and new tax revenue depend on Waterfront East LRT

Building the Waterfront East LRT Now   Building the Waterfront East Light Rail Transit (LRT) by 2025 instead of waiting until the 2040’s will result in significant jobs, housing and increased tax revenue, according to a report released today from Hatch, a leading international consulting firm. The report was prepared for the Waterfront BIA. “We […]

WBIA Job Posting: Operations and Special Projects Manager

  Position Overview It’s an exciting time for the WBIA with the completion of the Waterfront’s revitalized pedestrian promenade and significant recent growth in the neighbourhood. We are looking for an individual to lead our on-street improvement projects and lead our involvement in planning, beautification and streetscape developments in our area. This will include opportunities […]

Ice Breakers 2019 presented by PortsToronto

Ice Breakers presented by PortsToronto returns to Toronto’s urban waterfront for winter 2019 The winter-themed public art exhibition will run from January 19 to February 24, with five outdoor installations located along Queens Quay West  December 4, 2018 (Toronto) – An Illuminated starlight house, with a cascade of colours, kaleidoscopic mirrors and arches of sweet-sounding bells are just some of the sights and sounds that visitors to […]

Winter Guide to Healthy Street Trees

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW  As a chemical de-icer, rock salt is the most commonly used de-icing material. It is also one of the most corrosive and toxic de-icing materials.  Using rock salt to de-ice sidewalks and driveways negatively affects our lake and drinking water, and damages streetscapes and trees. There are environmentally friendly de-icing alternatives to rock […]

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Toronto International Festival of Authors October 18-28 at Harbourfront Centre Tickets are now available for the Toronto International Festival of Authors! Experience 11 days of discussions, poetry slams, book signings, Q&As, interviews and readings with Roddy Doyle, Buffy Saint-Marie and over 200 more of the world’s leading writers. Special Offer: Select your favourite event at FESTIVALOFAUTHORS.CA and use the […]

City traffic getting you down?

There’s lots to do at Toronto’s Waterfront all summer long so why battle traffic when you can relax onboard the UP Express. Take advantage of the Toronto Pearson /UP Express Park & Ride Offer this summer. For $35 park at Pearson airport and avoid the hassles of traffic and downtown parking. Offer includes parking and […]

Giant Jenga, Beer and Burgers: on Bay Street!

THE FOX is gearing up for another fabulous Patio Season here in the Six…one that’ll include outdoor games, like Giant Jenga and Corn Hole, cold beer from one of our many taps and great pub fare. Our bar boasts 19 TV’s (including one ON the Patio!) so you don’t miss any of the Jays action […]

Toronto’s International Festival of Authors Event

Toronto’s International Festival of Authors is exploring the stories rarely told in publishing with Between Words and Worlds: New Canadian Women’s Writing. On April 11, Inanna Publications authors Ami Sands Brodoff (In Many Waters), Connie Guzzo-McParland (The Women of Saturn), Mariam Pirbhai (Outside People), and Mehri Yalfani (The Street of Butterflies) will discuss writing between […]

Winter Stations – On now until April 1

Running along Toronto’s east end beaches, Winter Stations asks designers from around the world and teams from three Canadian design schools to transform utilitarian lifeguard stations into creative, imaginative works of publicly accessible art for six weeks of the winter. Winter Stations is now in its fourth year and has attracted attention and acclaim from […]

Placement students from Centennial College

Placement Students available from the Centennial College School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts. Students available! Building on the success of their new building, Centennial College Tourism, Hotel, Hospitality, Culinary, and Events, programs are growing. This means more passionate students looking for experience as part of 14 week paid or unpaid placements, as volunteers, for […]

Innovative Design Competition for York St & Rees St Parks

Waterfront Toronto & City of Toronto Launch Innovative Design Competition For York Street & Rees Street Parks Click here for the full article.    

Due to popular demand, Ice Breakers 2018 has been extended!

Due to popular demand, Ice Breakers 2018 has been extended until March 18. If you haven't experienced it yet, walk along Queen's Quay and engage with the five interactive art installations. Presented in partnership by The Waterfront BIA and Ports Toronto, and produced by Winter Stations, this year’s installations take inspiration from the theme “constellation”. Designers [...]

Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan Implementation

Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan Implementation: Streetscape & Public Realm Improvement Plan - Canada Malting Silo Site and Eireann Quay

Calling All Adventurers!

Your teen can choose their own adventure with Toronto Brigantine! Whether it’s looking out into the fog rolling over the water, feeling adrenaline flow as the perfect gust of wind fills the sails, or sharing an inside joke with new friends; sailing with Toronto Brigantine is a truly unique experience. Their summer sailing program teach [...]

Toronto Island’s Hidden Gem – The Shaw House

Just a 5-minute walk from Ward’s Island ferry dock and a 10-minute ferry ride from Toronto, The Shaw House is an intimate venue and hidden treasure for a wedding or corporate event. To the south, ethereal gardens overlook Lake Ontario and the historic boardwalk that links Ward’s and Centre Islands. The interior features two spacious rooms with [...]

Toronto Island App: Team Gears Up for Launch

The Toronto Island Guide app offers visitors ideas on where to go and what to do when they visit. It will be easy-to-use, look good, and provide everything visitors need to know, all in the palm of their hand (or computer). The app team of five has been working for over a year to develop [...]

Warm Up by the Fire at Ontario Place

What better way to wrap up your day of exploration and skating than sitting by the fire? The new bonfire at Ontario Place, located on the north end of Cedar Cove, is just a short walk from the outdoor skating rink. Relax and warm up on their log seating, rugged armour stone, or comfortable Muskoka chairs. [...]

Call to Artists! Become a Singing Ambassador

CALL TO ARTISTS … MUST BE ABLE TO SING! We are hiring eight (8) young individuals for our seventh season of the award-winning Waterfront Singing Ambassadors™. This program has been the proud recipient of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) Marketing Award in 2013, as well as the 2015 Downtown Merit Award from [...]

City Sightseeing Toronto is Hiring

Do you have an outgoing personality and a great work ethic? Do you enjoy meeting people from around the world? Do you love exploring Toronto and sharing your passion for our amazing city? If so, City Sightseeing Toronto wants to meet you! They are currently recruiting fun, friendly and enthusiastic Ambassadors to join their dynamic [...]

Small Business Access

Ontario is helping small businesses grow by providing better access to government support services and procurement opportunities. Ontario will designate 33% of its procurement spending to small and medium-sized businesses by 2020, which will be supported by initiatives to improve the process by making it easier for businesses to submit bids. The province has also [...]

Toronto’s Urban Sugar Shack is back March 10-11

Toronto’s cabane à sucre experience returns! Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Sugar Shack TO presented by Redpath, the winter festival that invites Torontonians to brave the cold and celebrate all things maple! Bringing a big dose of sweetness to Toronto’s Waterfront, Sugar Shack TO is happening the first weekend of March Break, from [...]

Ice Breakers Breathes Life into Toronto’s Winter Urban Waterfront

"Through The Eyes of the Bear" by Tanya Goertzen gives visitors a different perspective on the city. (Photo Credit: Briony Douglas) Move over 'The World’s Largest Rubber Duck', Toronto's downtown waterfront has a new animal visitor this winter - only this time it's a larger-than-life reclining red bear that's attracting all the attention. The "Through [...]

The Media Loves Ice Breakers

Toronto’s media are raving about Ice Breakers! Metro Toronto, Toronto Life, City News, 680 News and more, have visited the free, interactive art exhibition, on now until February 25. Check out some of the coverage below. Metro Toronto Toronto Life City News (video clip) 680 News (audio clip)

New Street Furniture in the BIA!

We are expecting the installation of new street furniture elements in 2018! Including post-and-ring bicycle parking installations, which are new this year. Street furniture installations are selected based on requests from local residents and community stakeholders, as well as from BIA staff and members. Each request is reviewed by the City of Toronto to ensure it [...]

Enhancing Support for Youth Employment in Small Businesses

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Ontario Government will provide $124 million over three years, in support for youth ages 15 to 29, and work with Employment Service and Youth Job Connection to support employer hiring and retention. Through Ontario's Employment Service program, a small employer with fewer than 100 employees would receive: $1,000 incentive for [...]

Winner Announced!

We are excited to announce this season's WINNER of the Porter Airlines Giveaway: Chris Burrell has won two round-trip tickets with Porter Airlines (valued at $2,500). All members of our mailing list (yes, you!) are entered for their chance to win. Don’t forget to share this newsletter with your colleagues, friends and family so they [...]

Healthy Mini Market at Loch & Quay

It’s officially here! Stop by Loch & Quay on Sunday, February 11 for a FREE, healthy mini market, where all the vendors are hand selected by their co-host, holistic nutritionist Laura De Sanctis. Loch & Quay is excited to co-produce their first Mini Market with a range of health and wellness companies and personalities. Join them [...]

Summer Wedding Season at Mariposa

When it comes to wedding venues, Mariposa Cruises has got your needs covered. Their wedding packages offer a variety of menus and catering options. Services included when you choose Mariposa: A Sales Manager who assists with choosing the right vessel for the size and style of your wedding A dedicated Event Coordinator to guide you [...]

The Nikon Difference

Nikon, whose name is synonymous with 'the world’s finest lenses’, has been providing millions of people across the world with a sharper point of view through the most trusted and sought-after optical products. Every Nikon product has an optical lens, from cameras to IC/LCD steppers and scanners, from microscopes to telescopes. Visit Couture Vision, authorized dealer of Nikon lenses, [...]

Toronto Island Guide. Where to go. What to do.

Coming this spring! The Toronto Island Guide is the first-ever app to help you get the most out of your visit to the Toronto Islands. Developed by people who know what questions visitors ask when planning their trip or deciding where to go and what to do. Questions like, are the beaches safe for swimming? [...]

Joe Bird’s Game Night Promo

Calling all hockey and basketball fanatics! Every time the Toronto Maple Leafs and/or Toronto Raptors play (home or away), Joe Bird will be airing the game with $5 Steam Whistle Tall Boys and 1/2 off their fan favourite wings. The promo starts at 5 p.m., giving you enough time to crack a cold one with the [...]

Keep Exploring Winter at Ontario Place this February

Looking for fun winter activities to enjoy with friends and family? Take a stroll through the West Island and you'll find 12 illuminated exhibits by 20 local artists as part of the Winter Light Exhibition. Over 180,000 fairy lights cover 150+ trees as they twinkle and shimmer along the path. After your walk, rent a [...]

Love is in the Air at Cosmopawlitan

Cosmopawlitan is a specialty store and grooming salon catering to dogs and cats. You'll find pet care advice on food, apparel, training tools, grooming care and anything else you need to keep your pet healthy and happy. Cosmopawlitan’s Must Love Pets event runs until February 14. Spend over $20 and receive a ballot for one [...]

Holidays are on the Horizon this February

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away love is in the air! Nothing says I love you like chocolate. Bring your loved one to the Amsterdam Brewhouse and share the flourless chocolate torte paired with a Downtown Brown - you’ll be sure to tap into their hearts. After all, love and chocolate is ale [...]

Celebrate Black History Month with the International Festival of Authors

The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is proud to host a thought-provoking discussion with authors Simone Dalton, Rinaldo Walcott and Whitney French, about writing and authorship, as well as the opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. David Bradford will guide the conversation on issues faced by black writers in today’s literary world. This [...]

Canada Summer Jobs 2018

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Again this year, Canada Summer Jobs welcomes applications from small businesses, not-for-profit employers, public sector and faith-based organizations that provide quality summer jobs for students. CSJ provides funding to [...]

Ice Breakers: Root Cabin

Like a constellation, Root Cabin is a mystery waiting to be discovered. Coloured cuts of wood can be seen through gaps in an alluring pile of weathered roots. When further explored by a visitor, the colours reveal a void that can be inhabited, and an iconic, nostalgic form of Canadian dwelling emerges. Artists Liz Wreford and [...]

Ice Breakers: Ensemble

Ensemble merges architecture, music and astronomy to explore the dialogue between humans and the urban environment. The installation is inspired by wind chimes, which visitors can touch to create beautiful abstract compositions and ever-changing soundscapes. Walking around and within the structure, the viewer is engaged by the juxtaposition of forms and sounds, as well as the [...]

Ice Breakers: Winter FanFare

Thena Tak, lecturer at the University of BC, has created Winter FanFare, which she describes as a series of rotating fan-sculptures that collectively form a circulation playscape for winter exploration. In the spirit of the competition's theme, 'constellations', Winter FanFare deploys individual fan-sculptures to create clusters of pockets where the public can meander through, or [...]

Ice Breakers: Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo is an installation made from 90 painted bamboo poles, freely arranged to form a framework in an abstract cubic shape. Like the constellations, the cube as a shape only comes into existence within our heads. Black Bamboo is accessible and invites visitors to walk or climb through it. Artists Bennet Marburger and Ji Zhang [...]

Ice Breakers: Through the Eyes of the Bear

Inspired by Ursa Major or the Great Bear constellation, “Through the Eyes of the Bear” is constructed using renewable, recyclable and compostable materials. This installation asks current and future generations what our human role is in the stewardship of the planet, and how resource management and development affect species survival and, in turn, ours. Its [...]

Ice Breakers is Back

Break out of your winter bubble! The second annual Ice Breakers public art exhibit is back starting this January! Presented in partnership by The Waterfront BIA and Ports Toronto, and produced by Winter Stations, this year’s installations take inspiration from the theme “constellation”. Designers created pieces that will bring colour, warmth and activity to the Waterfront, [...]

Check out Couture Vision for Deals

Hello 2018! When you come into Couture Vision this January and book an eye exam, you can get up to 50% OFF the frame with any complete prescription order purchase. More details in store.

Waterfront Artisan Market Call to Vendors!

We're on the lookout for talented vendors who wish to participate in a unique, open-air market on Toronto's Waterfront! Back for its third year in HTO Park, the Waterfront Artisan Market brings together a carefully curated mix of artisans, crafters, chefs, and bakers. The market will take place weekly, Saturdays from 11 am to 8 [...]

Watch Out for New Banners Along the Waterfront

Be sure to keep your eyes open this January, as our street banners will be getting a new look! Fresh new creative for all 151 banners will be installed by the middle of the month. Following an international competition using 99designs we received 123 creative submissions from 12 talented designers worldwide. We asked them to [...]

Ontario’s Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act

As of January 1, 2018, new legislation has rolled out, increasing general minimum wage, with many seeing their wages rise to $14 an hour. The bill is part of the Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act, and will also include changes to personal emergency leave, equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees; and up [...]

Winterlicious on the Waterfront

Winterlicious is back! Starting January 26, and running until February 8, the released menus look impressive and exciting, and two restaurants from the Waterfront are slated to participate this year. It’s Miku’s second year taking part in the foodie fest, offering a $33 lunch menu and a $53 dinner menu. Miku is known for fresh [...]

The Bentway is Officially Open!

The highly anticipated Bentway Skate Trail will open to the public on Saturday, January 6 at 11 am, with special events scheduled all weekend. The unprecedented public-private collaboration between the City of Toronto and Judy and Wilmot Matthews, The Bentway celebrates the unique character underneath the Gardiner Expressway, as it transforms 1.75km, from Strachan Avenue [...]

What’s Ahead for Mariposa Cruises in 2018

Mariposa Cruises is gearing up for another season on the water.  Click here to see a glimpse of what you can experience aboard a Mariposa Cruise. Make 2018 the year you take brunch to a whole new level on their Weekend Brunch Cruise, unwind after work with friends or colleagues on their Sip and Sail Cocktail Cruise, or dine [...]

Eat Well and Stay Warm at The Goodman Pub & Kitchen

Warm up while you nibble and nosh at The Goodman Pub & Kitchen following a skate at the Natrel Rink or after exploring the Ice Breakers art installations. The weather outside might be frightful, but The Goodman’s daily specials are delightful, giving you an excuse to join them on the Waterfront every day of the [...]

Cosmopawlitan’s Must Love Pets Event

To start the new year, Cosmopawlitan will be introducing their "Must Love Pets" event, running from January 14 to Valentine's Day.  Every time you make a purchase over $20, you’ll receive a ballot for a chance to win fabulous prizes for your pet.  Cosmopawlitan will have a variety of ballot boxes featured in their display [...]

Colocation Server Hosting with The Rostie Group

Are you in need of a fast, reliable and secure server host? The Rostie Group offers colocation services to help your hosting network with the necessary solutions to keep your business running without interruption. Inquire with them today about colocation server hosting with maximum reliability. They offer: Full 24U, 42U and custom cabinet configuration Private [...]

Yacht Time Boat Club – Fractional Payments for Full Time Sailing

Start sailing on the newest boats in the harbour with no commitment! Sail as often or as little as you wish, joining other sailors and building your experience on the two newest day sailors in the harbour. Yacht Time’s Small Boat Club program offers low membership fees and maximizes your access to club services and products. [...]

Move More Tribe Fitness in 2018

Located at 10 Lower Spadina Avenue, Tribe Fitness has created a space to bring the community together through movement with three modalities, focusing on yoga, performance-based indoor cycling, and running. Join today and get your first class for $17.70 or two weeks unlimited for $65.00, OR use your Waterfront Savings Card and receive 10% OFF [...]

Winter at Ontario Place

The West Island of Ontario Place is Toronto’s new destination for all your favourite winter activities. From December 8 to March 18, experience the beautiful winter setting and enjoy activities and attractions along the way. Skate on a synthetic rink, which includes on-site skate rentals, skate sharpening, a concession bar, and music piped throughout the site. [...]

Holiday Shopping By-law Update

The City of Toronto Act exempts Toronto from the Retail Business Holidays Act. However, Council passed a bylaw, Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping By-law, that outlines what days retail businesses in Toronto must close (except those in designated tourist areas). New Year’s Day Good Friday Easter Sunday Victoria Day Canada Day Labour Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day Family […]

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE #3: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park

December 21, 2017 CONSTRUCTION NOTICE #3: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Construction of the widened western walkway has been completed and it is now open for public access. The asphalt paving was completed in early-December and the widened walkway will now provide visitors uninterrupted access to the ferry terminal gates throughout construction […]

#TOwaterfront Sign Announces an Art-filled Winter for Toronto’s Urban Waterfront

#TOwaterfront Sign Announces an Art-filled Winter for Toronto's Urban Waterfront Credit: Geoff Fitzgerald A new Toronto sign: driftwood artists, Shore Land Arts, create an over 50-ft long #TOwaterfront sign to launch The Waterfront BIA's winter arts program. Anyone looking for the perfect selfie has another spot to choose from this winter as Shore Land Arts [...]

TABIA Interdepartmental Meeting Presentations

November 21, 2017 TABIA Interdepartmental Meeting Presentations: Public Appointment & Board Night Mayor    

Ice Breakers – Contest Alert!

Ice Breakers 2018 returns for a second season from January 19 to February 25, with five art installations located on Queens Quay West between York Street and Spadina Avenue. See our press release for more details. CONTEST ALERT! Below-freezing temperatures, fluffy white snow, ice and frost: that’s winter in Canada! We do it right in […]

2017 AGM Presentation

November 30, 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting Presentation

Loch & Quay is Open!

It’s finally here! Loch & Quay is officially open! The new restaurant, located at 390 Queens Quay West (at the Peter Street Basin), will offer something for everyone – a bar, dining area, café and on-the-go takeout counter. Drop by for a delicious breakfast or brunch, or snuggle in for a cozy dinner. Enjoy a […]

New Business: BODZii

There’s a new business on the Waterfront. BODZii is a lifestyle – a program designed to lead you to self-improvement by creating behavioural change, and ultimately help you make better decisions about what food you eat. Their coaches work with you to make outcome-based decisions that lead you to a lifestyle you can be proud of. […]

NEW! People Counters Installed in the BIA

The Waterfront BIA is excited to announce the purchase of three Eco-Counter Pyro Boxes.  Installed at key locations, sensors will provide cyclist and pedestrian counts and data analysis to efficiently measure traffic flow. By using patented algorithms, Eco-Counter provides powerful technology with an accuracy of over 95%! These insights will be used to understand visitor […]

Prix Fixe Menu Now Available at Pie Bar

Pie Bar, best known for its Waterfront views and quirky take on pizza pies, has introduced a prix fixe menu featuring a three-course dinner for two. The first course offers an appetizer to share, with options including arancini, meatballs, calamari fritti, garlic bread and bruschetta. For the main course, choose two pizzas from a selection […]

2016 AGM Minutes

  Please find the minutes from the 2016 Annual General Meeting here. If you would like information on our 2017 AGM, please click here.

Adventures with Toronto Brigantine

Your teen can choose their own adventure with Toronto Brigantine! Whether it’s looking out at the fog rolling over the water, feeling adrenaline flow as the perfect gust of wind fills the sails, or sharing an inside joke with new friends; sailing with Toronto Brigantine is a truly unique experience. Their summer sailing program teaches […]

Harbourfront Chiropractic Has Your Back, and more, this Holiday Season

The ING Syndrome, though not specifically labelled as such, is very real and to be taken seriously. It is both the physical and emotional stressors brought on by holiday activities, such as shoppING, bakING, decoratING, buyING, travelING, partyING, and eatING. Signs of ING Syndrome include headaches, fatigue, upset stomach, muscle tension, backache, and irritability. Chiropractic […]

Harbourfront Centre is the Perfect Winter Destination!

Check out dance and music performances, art exhibits and more during the month of December at Harbourfront Centre. Join their Sunday Scene talks at The Power Plant, where speakers from the world of art and beyond offer responses to the current exhibitions. Don’t miss Toronto’s winter block party, returning again this year! Top DJs rock the […]

Celebrate the Holidays at Miku

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make dining plans with your colleagues at Miku Restaurant. Host your holiday lunch with Miku this festive season and enjoy fresh seafood, signature Aburi sushi, exclusive lunch sets, and more. The early bird gets the worm, so book now for best availability.

Mingle All the Way with the Wine Shop!

On Friday, December 8, it’s customer appreciation night at The Wine Shop!  Drop in, mingle and enjoy some sparkling wine. Their knowledgeable staff will be on hand for wine tasting guidance. Dates: December 8 Time: 5:30 PM – 8 PM Location: The Wine Shop Cost: FREE

Pet Photos with Santa

Find out what your pet wants this Christmas! Back by popular demand, Pet Photos with Santa returns to the Waterfront at a new location. Capture the magical bond between Santa and your pet and take home a beautiful portrait. The most affordable Pet Photo with Santa in the GTA, with packages starting at only $19.95. […]

TABIA Interdepartmental Meeting Presentations

September 19, 2017 TABIA Interdepartmental Meeting Presentations: Commercial Bag & Bin Fees  TO360 Wayfinding Strategy Part 3  TPA Bike Share Economic Development and Culture Divisional Strategy (2018-2022) Consultation    

SmartTrack Project

November 8, 2017 The NewTrack and Go Stations Stakeholder Advisory Group met October 5th, 2017, to discuss the SmartTrack Project. The project website (smarttrack.to) has been updated with the presentation information from the meeting including the schematic station concepts. Please find the meeting minutes here.

WINNER: The Porter Airlines Giveaway Announced!

November 2017 We are excited to announce this seasons WINNER of the Porter Airlines Giveaway. Susan Yee has won two round-trip tickets with Porter Airlines (valued at $2,500). All members of our mailing list (yes, you!) are entered for their chance to win. Don’t forget to share this newsletter with your colleagues, friends and family […]

Jingle & Mingle with Pie Bar This Season

November 2018 ‘Tis the season for holiday party planning! Bring your holiday cheer to Pie Bar this year, where the intimate space and beautiful views of the waterfront will provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday party. Rustic, family-style Italian menus and a beautifully curated wine list and hand-crafted cocktails, while overlooking the Waterfront, are […]

Advice Sessions at RBC

November 2018 This month, RBC is offering an advice session on Investing in Real Estate. This one-hour session followed by a Q&A with local experts will provide a wealth of information not to be missed. When:Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 12:00 to 1:00 PM Location:WaterPark Place Store 88 Queens Quay, Main Floor Speakers:Stephanie Geraets (Mortgage Specialist) Sally Lian (Realtor) Malovi Roy […]

Book your Holiday Party Today!

November 2017 It seems like every year the holidays creep up on us and planning the perfect holiday event quickly becomes a daunting task. The Goodman Pub & Kitchen will make this process super easy! Their dedicated event managers and an experienced culinary team will alleviate the stress and ensure your holiday occasion is a […]

Take the Elevator Home at the Westin

November 2017 The Westin Harbour Castle, named Readers’ Choice Top Hotels in the GTA, welcomes you to Toronto’s vibrant Waterfront. Experience their newly revitalized premium guest rooms featuring refreshing accommodations and gorgeous views of Lake Ontario. Take the elevator home this weekend and rejuvenate with a well-deserved stay-cation by the water. Click here or call […]

Get Festive on the Water with Mariposa Cruises

November 2017 There are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season with Mariposa Cruises! On December 15, get decked out in your ugliest Christmas attire and come aboard their Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise! Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, cheesy holiday tunes and enter the contest - the most hideous outfit wins! The Annual Santa [...]

Brunchin’ at Joe Bird

November 2017 Kick off your weekend mornings with brunch at Joe Bird! They're serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. With a carefully curated and delicious menu, there is something for everyone (yes even for our gluten-free and vegan friends). Try our Signature Brekkie with avocado toast, poached eggs, grilled sausage, greens and [...]

Luxury shopping experience at Couture Vision

November 2017 The holidays are approaching so why not treat yourself to a personal luxury shopping experience. Featuring unique collections, including some of the trendiest European high street brands, Couture Vision offers beautiful eyewear collections. For November, when you purchase a new pair of designer prescription glasses, you will receive a complimentary eye exam. This [...]

Give the Gift of Craft Beer

November 2017 The Amsterdam Brewery retail shop is located just outside the BrewHouse, at 245 Queens Quay, and is open 364 days a year. Check out the freshest selection of craft beer in the neighbourhood! 25-bottle packs for only $35.45 and tall can eight-packs starting at $20. Exclusive Adventure Brews on tap at the BrewHouse […]

Jump Start the Holiday Season at Harbourfront Centre!

There are lots of things to do this November at the Harbourfront Centre. Visit on November 4th to 5th to celebrate the Day of the Dead, the festival of reverence for the departed. Through contemporary art and music, the Day of the Dead is a celebration of life and remembering our loved ones, their achievements, and […]

Lace Up at The Bentway

November 2018 Winter skate season is coming up, and soon you’ll have another place to skate near the Waterfront. This January, The Bentway will open a 220-metre figure eight skating trail to the public. The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that will transform the area underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway – from Strachan […]

Ice Breakers Is Back!

Winter Stations and The Waterfront BIA are converging for the second year on Toronto’s urban Waterfront with ICE BREAKERS, a temporary art exhibition. Running from January 19 to February 25, Ice Breakers will feature five wintertime art installations located on Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden. This year we opened an international design […]

Shop Local … Save Local

November 2017 Pick up your FREE Waterfront Savings Card (at Sobeys, 207 Queens Quay West) and enjoy special offers and savings for your holiday shopping. There are lots of savings and local businesses to support including: Couture Vision – up to 25% OFF designer sunglasses Harbourfront Centre – 10% OFF regular price merchandise at the […]

Gardiner Expressway Lower Simcoe Ramp Removal

Project Overview Beginning in July 2016, the City of Toronto started construction of a new off-ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street. The project also includes the removal of the York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp, as well as improvements to Harbour Street. Construction of the off-ramp began July 25, 2016 and will continue until January […]

Food Rescue: Re-purposing Surplus Food

November 2017 Second Harvest  is the largest food recovery organisation in Canada, providing healthy food to over 250 social service organisations. They are developing a new program for restaurant and retail donations called Foodrescue.ca. Foodrescue.ca will be an easy-to-use, free online system for food businesses to post their surplus food and connect directly to social […]

Metrolinx Public Round Table on Nov 1

November 2017 More transit options for commuters – learn more on November 1 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre Commuting in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area can be frustrating. With the population expected to grow to 10.1 million people over the next 25 years in our area, we need to find new ways to get [...]

Upcoming King Street Transit Pilot

November 2017 The City of Toronto will be launching the King Street Transit Pilot project with implementation beginning November 1st – 12th 2017, from Bathurst Street to Jarvis Street. The expected pilot duration is one year. The pilot is about moving people more efficiently on transit, improving public space and supporting business and economic prosperity […]

Toronto Police Town Hall Meeting

November 2017 Toronto Police Service 52 Division invites you to attend: TOWN HALL MEETING Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. 52 Division 255 Dundas Street West Please join them to discuss: – Loss Prevention preventative tips – Toronto Police Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Officer {MCIT) Best Practice Interacting with people who are in […]

Construction Update: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Phase 1A

Construction Update from Waterfront Toronto on the construction for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Phase 1A Construction remains on track with schedules that were distributed to stakeholders earlier this month. The western walkway will likely be closed before the end of October in order to install the widened walkway. Full closure […]

Watermain Replacement at the Intersection of Bathurst & Queen’s Quay

Watermain Replacement at the Intersection of Bathurst & Queen’s Quay Work re-start Date: Nov 6, 2017 Expected End Date:  December 15, 2017 Permanent Restoration / Paving: Spring 2018 *Timeline is subject to change. The City of Toronto is returning to complete the final portion of the watermain replacement that started in 2016. The portion of […]

Road Closure: Harbour Street and Lower Simcoe Street

The following is an update regarding a road closure at Harbour Street and Lower Simcoe Street. Starting 7:00 A.M. on Monday October 30 to November 2 at 7:00 P.M. Lower Simcoe Street will be closed to through traffic south of Harbour Street to Queen’s Quay. ROAD CLOSURE on Lower Simcoe StreetFrom Harbour Street to Queen’s […]

2017 Waterfront Artisan Market Post Event Report

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Construction Update: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Phase 1A

This is an update on the construction status for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Phase 1A. Beginning in mid-October, the western walkway will be closed in order to install the temporary widened walkway that will provide uninterrupted access to the terminal gates throughout construction of Phase 1A. City of Toronto staff […]

Peaceful Paddling Through the Islands

October 2017 Don’t miss the opportunity to see the fall colors on the Toronto Islands while paddling a Voyageur Canoe through picturesque lagoons. As the busy season ends, the Island park becomes quiet allowing you to enjoy nature even more.  The weather is still warm enough for paddling and on cooler days, the canoe will […]

Advice Session at RBC: Cross-Border Solutions

October 2017 RBC understands what it’s like to be a Canadian living, working and travelling in the U.S. Cross-border solutions have been designed to meet the unique needs and challenges Canadians face south of the border. Join RBC’s seminar to learn about these tailored solutions, and engage in a Q&A session with local experts. Cross […]

Your Cuban Adventure Awaits

October 2017 Toronto Island SUP has teamed up with Cuba Adventure Company to bring you a unique Cuban experience with a focus on stand up paddleboarding in unspoiled and seldom seen locales. You’ll be taken to some of the most unique paddling locations in the country, through turquoise waters, amongst coral cliffs, and around the […]