Ontario Science Centre
Take an unprecedented journey through the essential bundle of neurons that is the human brain, the control centre for our thoughts, senses and feelings
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Fleck Dance Theatre
An award-winning choreographer from Québec, Sylvain Émard of Sylvain Émard Danse presents the critically acclaimed Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world), featuring seven male dancers in a ritual of resistance and adaptation to the passing of time.
Air Canada Centre
The Toronto Raptors face off against the Golden State Warriors
The conception of urban Toronto.
Governor John James Simcoe, who believed the area’s defensible harbour would allow his forces to control Lake Ontario, orders the construction of Fort York, which started in 1793. This is now considered the birth of urban Toronto.
Formation of the modern waterfront.
In the 1850s, a massive campaign of lake-filling was undertaken to expand the shore land south to the Esplanade. For the next hundred years, the shore was extended farther and farther south. The original shoreline was north of today’s rail corridor, and Front Street was built along the edge of the shoreline. The filling continued until the 1950s when construction began on the Gardiner Expressway, officially achieving Toronto's modern shoreline.
The birth of Waterfront Toronto.
In 1999, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Premier Mike Harris and Mayor Mel Lastman announced the formation of a task force to develop a business plan and make recommendations for developing the waterfront as part of Toronto’s bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Chaired by businessman Robert Fung, the task force determined that waterfront revitalization was necessary, that it was “an almost unprecedented development opportunity” and would have “a major, positive economic impact on the City, the region and the country.”
In November 2001, the three levels of government established Waterfront Toronto (then known as the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation) to oversee all aspects of the planning and development of Toronto’s central waterfront.
John W. Campbell joined the corporation as president and CEO in April 2003. In May of the same year, the provincial government enacted the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation Act, creating a permanent independent organization to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto’s waterfront.
The first wave of Wave Decks opens.
As the first wavedeck to open along Toronto’s waterfront, the Spadina WaveDeck is an important symbol for waterfront revitalization. Located at the foot of Spadina Avenue, the 630 square-metre wooden wavedeck transformed a narrow sidewalk into a new waterside gathering place. It created more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline and helped connect two key waterfront amenities, the Music Garden and HtO Park.
The Spadina WaveDeck has been the recipient of numerous prestigious local, national and international design awards including a Toronto Urban Design Award. It was also the first Canadian project ever to be short-listed for the world-acclaimed Brit Insurance Design Awards.
Sugar Beach becomes the Waterfront’s destination for sun and surf.
Canada’s Sugar Beach reminds us that Toronto’s waterfront is a playful destination. The beach allows visitors to while away the afternoon as they read, play in the sand or watch boats on the lake. A dynamic water feature embedded in a granite maple leaf beside the beach makes cooling off fun for adults and children.
Sugar Beach is the recipient of several awards including, Azure magazine's AZ People's Choice Award: Best Landscape Architecture; National Urban Design Award, Civic Design Projects; American Society of Landscape Architects' Honor Award: General Design, all in the year 2012.
The second half of Sherbourne Common officially opens to the public.
Sherbourne Common is a stunning waterfront park that has transformed a former industrial area into much needed public greenspace on the lake. It is also the first park in Canada to integrate a neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment facility into its design. Sherbourne Common is the first park in Canada to integrate an ultraviolet (UV) facility for neighbourhood-wide stormwater treatment into its design.
Waterfront Toronto’s striking Pavillion in Sherbourne Common received an Award of Merit from the 2009 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence
Waterfront Toronto receives Intelligent Community Forum Recognition.
Waterfront Toronto highlighted as a key catalyst for the Intelligent Community development by Intelligent Community Forum Smart 21 and Top 7 Designation for the City of Toronto.
The New Blue Edge portal is a project of Waterfront Toronto's Intelligent Community initiative.
Waterfront Toronto is the public advocate and steward of waterfront revitalization. Created by the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto is mandated to deliver a revitalized waterfront.
Following the release of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Task Force's report in March 2000, the three orders of government jointly announced their support for the creation of Waterfront Toronto (formerly Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation) to oversee, lead and implement the waterfront’s renewal.
Formally created in 2001, Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate to transform 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of brownfield lands on the waterfront into beautiful, sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces.
The project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America and one of the largest waterfront redevelopment initiatives ever undertaken in the world. However, it is not just the sheer scale of the project that makes it unique. Waterfront Toronto is delivering a leading edge city-building model that seeks to place Toronto at the forefront of global cities in the 21st century.
A primary objective of waterfront revitalization is to leverage the infrastructure project to deliver key economic and social benefits that enable Toronto to compete aggressively with other top tier global cities for investment, jobs and people.
Working with the community and public and private sector partners, Waterfront Toronto creates waterfront parks, public spaces, cultural institutions and diverse and sustainable commercial and residential communities. We strive to ensure that Toronto becomes the city where the world desires to live.
To put Toronto at the forefront of global cities in the 21st century by transforming the waterfront into beautiful, sustainable new communities, parks and public spaces, fostering economic growth in knowledge-based, creative industries and ultimately: re-defining how the city, province and country are perceived by the world.
Waterfront Toronto's approach is strategic revitalization as opposed to simple real estate development.
Successful revitalization of our waterfront requires bringing together the most innovative approaches to sustainable development, excellence in urban design, real estate development, leading technology infrastructure and the delivery of important public policy objectives.
The revitalization of our waterfront represents an unparalleled opportunity to re-establish a positive and meaningful relationship with the waterfront and to transform the waterfront into a marvellous water-related public destination with vibrant public and cultural spaces capable of providing a variety of experiences and amenities. At the same time, the waterfront must be a highly local environment featuring dynamic, sustainable, mixed-use neighbourhoods with strong connections to adjacent communities. The quality of life experience on the waterfront will be geared to drawing a new generation of employment to it thereby to ensure that Toronto’s waterfront is recognized locally and internationally as a premier environment within which to live, work and play.
The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront represents nothing less than an unprecedented opportunity to change, literally, the face of Toronto and ultimately, to re-define how the city, province and country are perceived by the world.