Harbourfront is a neighbourhood on the northern shore of Lake Ontario within the downtown core of the city of Toronto. Part of the Toronto Waterfront, Harbourfront extends west from Yonge Street to Bathurst Street along Queen's Quay. East of Yonge to Parliament St. along Queen's Quay, this mostly industrialized stretch is slated for the future East Bayfront development.
The area is the site of the Toronto Islands ferry terminal which provides transportation services to the Islands from the foot of Bay Street.
Harbourfront Centre, housing galleries and performance spaces, is located at the foot of Lower Simcoe Street. The Centre houses four craft studios; ceramics, glass, metal and textiles. All the studios began in 1974 and still operate, providing new craft artists with subsidized work spaces at the beginning of their careers. The Centre also hosts an extensive program of arts and cultural events throughout each summer, including craft and artisan fairs, theatre and dance performances and musical concerts. A series of free concerts is staged at Harbourfront's outdoor concert stage every weekend throughout the summer and in winter there is a free open-air ice rink.
Queen's Quay Terminal, next to Harbourfront Centre, is a former warehouse converted into a mixed-use building, including a shopping centre designed for high-end retailers, commercial office space, and a residential condominium development. Today, the mall houses some stores and restaurants, predominantly catering to tourists.
The Canada Malting Silos along the waterfront at the western edge of Harbourfront,are one of the last vestiges of the industrial past of the neighbourhood. The buildings were long ago abandoned by the company that built them, but a proposal for demolition was cancelled when the estimated cost for demolition rose into the millions of dollars.
The site is also now considered a heritage site, and any development must conserve some aspect of the industrial past. Two proposals have been made - a Canadian music museum and a Toronto history museum have both been proposed for the site. Both proposals keep the silos, but demolish other buildings on the site. The silos are one of two remaining silos in the area (see Victory Soya Mills Silos).
To the south of the Silos, Toronto Ireland Park was inaugurated in 2004. The site houses memorials to the 1878 exodus of Irish immigrants to Toronto.
To the east of Yonge, at the foot of Jarvis Street is the Redpath Sugar Refinery, which is both an active sugar refinery and a sugar production museum. Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant is a ship moored at the Yonge Street slip.
Harbourfront's waterfront offers something for everyone. Take leisurely stroll, relax by the water's edge, get some exercise or even shop and dine – it's all here waiting for you!