Harbourfront Neighbourhood History

Toronto Harbourfront real estate has some of the best views in the city and is popular among people of all age groups.

The Toronto Harbourfront was originally created from landfill added in the 1800s. The additional land attracted many different industry structures and businesses such as shipping facilities, railway tracks, factories and warehouses. During this time, these industrial structures cut off the Harbourfront area from the rest of the city.

In 1972, the Harbourfront Corporation, a federally sponsored organization, was created. The Harbourfront Corporation allowed Toronto citizens to reclaim the waterfront from the various industries that were situated along the waterfront during that time. The Toronto Harbourfront has been constantly transforming ever since.

The still existing Queens Quay Terminal was once one of the largest warehouses in North America back in 1927. The building went through renovations in 1980 and now includes commercial, retail and residential space as well as spectacular views overlooking the Toronto Harbourfront and Lake Ontario.

Harbourfront Neighbourhood Today

The Toronto Harbourfront is a great community for young professionals and young families. It is conveniently located along a streetcar route which takes residents directly to Union Station and into the heart of Toronto’s financial district.

The Toronto Harbourfront community consists of a large number of high-rise condominiums and includes some of the best views of both the city of Toronto and Lake Ontario. Queens Quay, the main street that runs through the Toronto Harbourfront and along the water’s edge, was recently rejuvenated and designated bike and walking paths were added as well as an urban park where many different festivals and markets take place during the summer months. The rejuvenation of Queens Quay has played a part in increasing the values of Toronto Harbourfront real estate.

One of the more unique aspects of the Toronto Harbourfront community is the convenient boat rental location which is within a short walk from most of the condos in the area. Residents and visitors are able to enjoy the fun of taking a boat out on the water without having to own a boat or having to cover the expenses associated with owning a boat. The boat rental location rents out a variety of boats including motor boats, sail boats and paddle boats.

Residents of the Toronto Harbourfront also enjoy the man-made beach which is located on the water’s edge. This beautiful location offers stunning views of the lake, boats and planes that take off at the Toronto Island Airport.

The Harbourfront Centre also includes a small outdoor pond during the summer which is transformed into an outdoor skating rink during the winter months. During the winter, residents and visitors to the Toronto Harbourfront enjoy outdoor skating under the stars while enjoying their favourite songs played by local DJs. The Toronto Harbourfront has come a long way since its industrial days during the 1800s.



Harbourfront Properties & Real Estate

The Toronto Harbourfront community has the largest number of luxury condominium buildings in Toronto. The majority of the Toronto Harbourfront condominiums were built in the 1980s. Most of the newer condominium units that have been built include a partial lake view as well as beautiful views of downtown Toronto. In addition to the beautiful views, most units come with a balcony and typically include high-end amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools as well as state of the art fitness facilities and entertainment spaces such as party rooms and theatres.

Thinking About Making A Move?

Are you thinking about buying a Harbourfront  condo or you are thinking of selling your Harbourfront condo? I would love to hear your specific real estate objectives and to discuss how I can help you achieve them. As a local, award-winning Harbourfront real estate agent who previously lived in the Harbourfront and surrounding area for several years, I know  Harbourfront extremely well. Take the first step towards achieving your specific real estate objectives by contacting me today. I look forward to hopefully hearing from you.

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Harbourfront Local Business Directory

Below are some of the most prominent businesses within the Harbourfront.




10 Lower Spadina Ave #101, Toronto


Edible Arrangements

474 Queens Quay W, Toronto


The National Ballet of Canada

470 Queens Quay W, Toronto


Shoppers Drug Mart

390 Queens Quay W Unit 110, Toronto


Dream Cyclery

390 Queens Quay W #111, Toronto


Beer Store

350 Queens Quay W, Toronto


Rabba Fine Foods

252 Queens Quay W, Toronto


Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto


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