Harbourfront Centre
Harbourfront Centre
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto's waterfront, is an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • Union • 9 min walk
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Freedom62445138303
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Attended the Toronto International Festival of Authors. Total cost of a single ticket was $39.99 plus taxes came to $45.19 total. The tickets did not get sent to my email. Phoned twice for it and waited 1/2 hour in total and on arrival had to go to customer service to get it printed. So I missed the only speaking event I wanted to attend. Did not realize the book signing event, though listed as a free event, required registration. It was of course full. So waited in a "rush line" (no guarantee of entrance) for over an hour which security dispersed. Only to see the author being hurried away down a hallway without even a glance at his waiting fans (only about 20 of us). A friendly hello wave and/or a few words would have made all the difference in the world. Security was utterly overbearing what did they think we were going to do to this author? Nothing, what a complete waste of time and money and we all were left feeling really disappointed, sad and I personally felt at the end of the day, badly treated. Thanks to the Internatinal Festival of Authors, for wasting my valuable time and hard- earned dollars and making me feel like trash.
Written 23 September 2023
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Iain A
Kirkcaldy, UK641 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A once bustling place, there are only a handful of businesses trading here, which is a pity as it’s in a great place on the waterfront. Even some of the bars had started trading for the winter, even though when we were there in early October the waterfront area was busy. Disappointing.
Written 23 November 2022
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Michael Charlie
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
ideal location to shoot the sunset. This area gives you an awesome sensation of peace. Good and clean seating areas, long path along the seashore. surrounded by numerous food stands so you may satisfy your hunger while travelling. facilitated by a broad runway at Billy Bishop Airport and a water taxi.
Written 7 October 2022
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ciro117
Rosario, Argentina36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Harbourfront is simply the best combination of urban life and nature connection !!!
All the big buildings are there as a backstage and along the pedestrian pathways we can see gueese, ducks and many other birds. The lake calms down the fast pace of Torontonians. Everything is relaxed and classy around Harbourfront . There are thousands of alternative activities to choose from, both during the summer and in winter.
It is a must whenever you go to Toronto.
Written 20 September 2005
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
One can get a relaxing experience while strolling at the harbourfront center. Plenty of eateries and gift shops around. Nice unique views of the city as well. Would certainly recommend visiting same, especially in the evenings.
Written 8 November 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is an amazing location for people watching, dining, enjoying drinks at a café or taking the drinks to consume while enjoying the local scenery. We sat here enjoying the fresh lakeside air, listening to live music, and watching performers. Many events are held at this pier location. With the substantial number of condos which have been built over the past 20 years, Harbourfront Centre has become a very popular place for chilling out. Good views of Toronto Island and boats on the lake from here. We enjoyed going for a walk on the boardwalk. We also went on a boat ride on the lake.
Written 9 August 2018
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NHLhockeyfan
England27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You can skate here outside in the winter for free if you have your own skates or you can pay and rent them here.

Its much less crowded than the outdoor rink in the middle of downtown and is in a nicer location near the water. The ice is also very good.

Picture included.
Written 16 September 2006
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GirlOnTheGoToronto
Toronto26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Soooo disappointed!! What has happened to this once beautiful skating rink? I have organized an after Christmas (work off the turkey pounds :)) skating fun event at the rink for more than 12 years for friends and family. We arrived early on Saturday December 30th 2017, to avoid the crowd that normally builds through-out the day. We were on the ice by 10:30 am. The rink opened at 10:00 am and already the ice was in horrible condition. The excuse of too many skaters on the ice could not be used since it was early and, due to the extreme cold we have been experiencing in Toronto, there were not many skaters. I asked the skate guard what happened with the ice. She informed me that, for some reason that she also could not understand, the ice was scraped and not flooded, as is the norm with the really cold temperature. The next cleaning of the ice would be at noon. Considering the state of the ice, waiting until noon was simply not acceptable. Due to the cold and the current condition of the ice, I knew that by noon, we would be exhausted, cold and ready to go. Apparently there is no one around that can make a "judgement call" on the state of the ice and suggest that more frequently cleaning is needed. In addition, the restaurant that used to be a next to the rink has changed name and I assume, management. We used to be able to grab a bite and go back to skating. We could keep our skates on. Unfortunately this new restaurant does not allow its patrons to keep their skates on . WTF@#!! You are a restaurant attached to a skating rink. But we got the message, we packed up just when the cleaning started a 12:00 and went to The Amsterdam Brewhouse to get something to eat. I used to pick this rink because it provided rentals for those who did not own skates and it has an amazing view of the Lake. However, I will have to find a new venue in the future.
Written 1 January 2018
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY7,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Toronto's Harbourfront Centre is a lovely area to relax and enjoy the afternoon. The have a boardwalk along the waterfront to walk or bike and enjoy the views as well as a stage with entertainment and numerous cafés and restaurants. Delightful!
Written 21 October 2015
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YASH J
Richmond Hill, Canada96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
I used to live in the tall square condos directly across the street from here. Absolutely my favorite spot in Toronto by far. Tons of things to do and see around here, you will definitely enjoy it, Summer OR Winter!

During winter there is a public outdoor skating rink directly facing the beautiful 'frozen' Lake Ontario. The rink has a rental office on the side, they have ok skates, good service, they'll sharpen the skates for you if needed. At night they play DJ music and have disco lights on the ice. Its really a fun place to hang out with friends. We usually take our own wine in concealed bottles and ALWAYS have a blast... After 10pm the rental office closes so most of the people are gone but half the lights stay on all night and if you have own skates then you have the rink all night.
There is no fee to get on the ice, only a small fee to rent skates.
Also even though hey clean and maintain the ice, don't expect much, its still a very rough ice!
It gets crowded so if you can come after 10, then do it.

In the summer time the rink is turned in to a pond and they rent out canoes for kids to play.

Just next door, to the west, is an outdoor concert stage where they hold variety of events through out the summer.. From arts, to music, to comedy, lectures, ethnic and domestic concerts, even free Movie nights!
Its best to check their site for up coming events; harbourfrontcentre.com

Directly adjacent to the left(west) of the stage is an open area/mini-park where they hold an outdoor international arts and crafts and ethnic food market that runs from Thursdays to Sundays during the summer and warmer days of spring to fall. Its nothing spectacular but worth a visit. It does get really crowded on the weekends there, lots of multiethnic families with kids.

Parking is expensive in this area, expect to pay $10 to $20 depending on how long you want to stay.

The main building has a food court with a nice deck patio facing the rink and the lake.
Food is your typical fast-foods, and overpriced.
There are tons of other restaurants, pizza, subway&Quiznoos sandwich, shawarma, couple of pubs, Starbucks, Baskin Robbins and much more just look around, or Google it.

In the same building there is also an arts and crafts store that is definitely worth the visit.
There is also a performing arts building just next door where art enthusiasts gather for exhibitions, + they have a theater and live performances, classical music concerts and other events, just check HarborFront web page for more info or call them direct, (416) 973-4000

Further east of the Performing Arts Building is a somewhat small, 3 story Mall / offices+condos. There are 4 or so decent restaurants in the mall, 2 of them facing the Lake and have access via the boardwalk. There is a grocery market in the 1st floor, and a small food court upstairs in the 3rd floor with a gorgeous lake view. There is also a Museum of Inuit Art Gallery on the 3rd floor and some cool stores both in the main and upper levels.

There's also a fantastic bike/Rollerblade/walk trail that goes west and east of HarbourFront Centre right along the shore with breathtaking views...
The West side is definitely nicer view and better trail. the East trail starts ok, then it goes along the roadway and commercial areas, and the path could get confusing, but if you pass all that(about 15mnt bike ride) then it gets to the beaches area.

Also if you go west of HarbourFront, just past Rees Street on the south side of Queens Quay you will see a marina where you can rent boats and canoes in the summer time and have a blast...

Advise; during summer weekends there are flocks of visitors, mainly new immigrants, to avoid the traffic try weekdays or non prime hrs.

I can go on and on about things to do in and around HarbourFront center, but one thing is for sure, you WILL NOT be disappointed, day or night, winter or summer, always something interesting to see or do. Just make sure you plan out your day ahead or you will get confused!

Go to Google maps, zoom in all the way to this area then you will get the names and locations off most of the businesses and attractions,+ the restaurants,
You can also get more info at;
waterfrontoronto.ca
harbourfrontcentre.com
Download Tourism Toronto's See Toronto App. Available for iPhone, Android
Written 7 February 2015
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