Harbourfront Centre Tours
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Occupying a prime 10-acre (4-hectare) site on the edge of Lake Ontario, the nonprofit Harbourfront Centre offers a jam-packed year-round program of events. The complex comprises more than 30 sights, including parks, outdoor and indoor performance venues, squares, art galleries, a boardwalk, artist studios, restaurants, and retail outlets.
With around 4,000 events scheduled every year, Toronto visitors will always find something happening at Harbourfront Centre. Even if you don’t plan on gallery-hopping or attending a performance, it’s worth coming if only to stroll along the boardwalk and admire the waterfront views. You can access Harbourfront Centre easily via hop-on hop-off bus tours of the city. Boats also depart from the marinas here, taking passengers on cruises around Toronto Harbour, to the Toronto Islands, and—in some cases—offering brunch, lunch, or even dinner and dancing on-board.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Check the event schedule to find out what is happening during your visit.
- Bundle up as it can be colder by the water, particularly in winter.
- Harbourfront Centre is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Harbourfront Centre is situated on Queen’s Quay West near Toronto’s Entertainment District. Take the 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina streetcar to the Harbourfront Centre stop. The nearest subway stop is Union Station (line 1 Yonge-University), about a 5-minute walk away.
When to Get There
Harbourfront Centre is busiest on summer weekends, though the buzzy atmosphere and sheer number of activities taking place on these days also makes it a fun time to visit. In the evening, the boardwalk is a prime spot for a sunset stroll.
Things to Do at the Harbourfront Centre
Crowds flock here to catch performances at the 1,300-seat Concert Stage, the Stage in the Round, and the outdoor amphitheater at Toronto Music Garden, whose swirling landscape design was inspired by J.S. Bach’s well-known cello “Suite No. 1 in G Major.” Exhibition Common hosts markets and activities such as yoga classes; the Power Plant Gallery showcases contemporary art from Canada and beyond; the Bill Boyle Artport features artists’ studios, and hosts craft and design courses; and Natural Pond is a hive of activity year-round, with paddleboaters in summer and ice skaters in winter.
Address: Harbourfront, Downtown, Toronto, Canada
Hours: Hours vary by attraction
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Harbourfront Centre
Avoid the stress of navigating Toronto on your own aboard a hop-on hop-off bus pass, valid for 48 hours. Buses are equipped with audio commentary and stop at a number of popular destinations, including the St. Lawrence Market, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Distillery District. Take in views rarely seen by visitors from the top of a double-decker bus and from your complimentary, seasonal harborfront cruise.
Are you planning a visit to Toronto? Our tourist scavenger hunts will take you throughout Old Toronto from Union Station to the lakefront, through the St.Lawrence Market and the CN Tower of course! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. Two versions are available. The regular scavenger hunt is shorter in length and time, while the Explorer hunt will take you further and see more sites (see the differences).
Mountain Bike Tours
You can see more of Toronto in less time on this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors. Just meet up with your small group of fellow travelers, hop on your included bike, and set out on a pedal-powered adventure to get your bearings and explore the waterfront. See the Distillery Historic District, ride through the Harbourfront, and stop by Toronto Island Park—all in just a few hours.
Discover a unique dining experience on this 3-hour dinner cruise around Toronto Harbour. Watch Toronto light up for the night as a professional DJ spins tunes on board the elegant cruise ship. Choose from the outdoor observation deck or the air-conditioned dining cabin inside. Either way, the view of the city’s skyline and waterfront are spectacular. Enjoy a buffet-style dinner, grab a drink from the cash bar, then dance the night away or take a romantic stroll along the deck.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Harbourfront Centre hours of operation?
Harbourfront Centre hours of operation: Hours vary by attraction. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Harbourfront Centre?
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