Toronto's Harbourfront district was created from landfill in the early 1800's. It quickly developed into a tangled web of industry that included shipping facilities, warehouses, railway tracks, grain silos, and factories, all dotting the shoreline. Unfortunately, these physical barriers cut Harbourfront off from the rest of Toronto.
It wasn't until 1972, with the creation of the federally sponsored Harbourfront Corporation, that Toronto citizens began to reclaim their waterfront.
Harbourfront has been undergoing a renaissance ever since.
A shining example of Harbourfront's transformation is the Queens Quay Terminal. This building was one of the largest warehouses in North America when it opened in 1927. The Terminal was remodelled in 1980, and today includes a successful mix of high end residential, commercial, and retail space all under one roof.
Harbourfront also serves as Toronto's playground by the lake. It is enjoyed by all Toronto residents, as well as being a popular destination point for tourists.
The Harbourfront neighbourhood incorporates a unique blend of residential, cultural, recreational, and commercial uses, all within the same community.
Harbourfront has the highest concentration of luxury condominium apartment buildings in the City of Toronto. Most of Harbourfront's condominiums were built in the 1980's.
At present, a number of new condominiums are being built with an emphasis on making sure every unit has at least a partial lake view and a balcony.
Harbourfront also has a handful of Marinas that provide seasonal moorings on a rental basis for local and out of town boaters. Many of these hearty souls make Harbourfront their summer home.
(P) The Waterfront School Jr. & Sr., 635 Queens Quay West, (416) 393-0684
(PH) Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis Street, (416) 393-0140
(PH) Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst Street, (416) 393-0060