Harbourfront Centre Toronto is where locals and
tourists come to play. Here you'll find concerts,
art exhibits, theatre, parkland, cruises, boating, an ice skating rink and more.
Harbourfront Toronto is a 10-acre park along the shore of Lake Ontario.
It stretches from the Queen’s Quay Terminal in the east to the Nautical Centre in the west. The area includes several buildings housing art galleries, performance spaces, shops and restaurants. The outdoor space – the main draw – also includes performance areas and green space for relaxing.
When I think of the Toronto Harbourfront, I think of music first. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been swept away by Celtic fiddles, sexy saxophones or Aboriginal drums from its outdoor stages. The price is right (free) and the music is varied and interesting.
During the summer, outdoor buskers also perform in the park. There are also plenty of festivals mixing music and art and food.
There are some indoor concert spaces as well, and some of the concerts are free and some charge a fee. The indoor concerts run year ‘round.
Fans of contemporary dance might want to catch a show at the Fleck Dance Theatre (previously called Premiere Dance Theatre) which features hot-ticket troupes from Canada and abroad.
In October, there’s a celebrity buzz down by the water with the annual International Festival of Authors, but if you miss that week, watch for other readings throughout the year.
The Word on the Street happens each September -- an outdoor reading festival hosting authors and booksellers.
Harbourfront Centre, one of the main buildings, hosts temporary art exhibits. You'll also find art shows of the more cutting-edge kind in the Power Plant art gallery.
Ireland Park is a memorial site to victims of the Irish famine and features some moving sculpture by artist Rowan Gillespie.
During the summer, there's a pond for paddle boats behind the York Quay Centre.
In the winter, the pond turns into an ice skating rink. Indoor lockers and change rooms are available on-site.
From the shore you can board boats offering tours of the harbour. Some offer meals as well. For a cheap(er) tour, you can take the ferry over to the Toronto Islands and just ride back without getting off.
A marina is available.
The International Marketplace during the summer features booths selling handcrafted materials from local artisans and imported works from craftspeople from around the world.
Art lovers can buy fine Canadian crafts in the Harbourfront Centre Shop year-round.
Harbourfront Toronto is just south of the main downtown (financial district) of Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It's a ten minute walk or a five minute streetcar ride from Union Station and several large hotels.
To find out what’s happening and for a map of Habourfront Centre Toronto, see http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
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