There are many communities in Toronto that buyers seek out for the culture, lifestyle, restaurants and close proximity to entertainment and resources. But Toronto’s waterfront possesses all of these amazing qualities and more - from festivals, to beaches, to good grub and an abundance of culture, it truly has something for everyone
With so many amazing opportunities here, it is hard to narrow it down to a “best of” list, but here are 5 reasons why buying property on Toronto’s waterfront should be considered:
- 1. Harbourfront Centre
This not-for-profit organization creates events and activities rich with culture, education, and entertainment geared towards a diverse community. Providing access to programs and events highlighting theatre, music, visual arts and more coupled with access to sailing classes of all levels and a full marina, the Harbourfront is rich with activity and plays a key role in the community.
Just one example of the many community events available, is the Summer Music in the Garden concert series, this free event runs from June to September on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm. The performances are approximately one hour in length and provided bench seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair to be safe.
The Harbourfront is rich with activity and plays a key role in the community by providing access to programs and events highlighting theatre, music, visual arts and more coupled with access to sailing classes of all levels and a full marina.
- 2. Sugar Beach
Here you will find a sandy beach adorned with umbrellas, a bounty of muskoka chairs, pretty lights and an ampitheatre. Named after it’s close proximity to the Redpath Sugar Refinery in Toronto's East Bayfront, the name could be deceiving for those new to the area. Most people unfamiliar with inner-city beaches, may mistake Sugar Beach for an area that allows swimming. Although directly on the shores of Lake Ontario, wading and swimming is frowned upon. However, housed in a granite maple leaf beside the beach is a great water feature, which makes cooling off fun for people of all ages. Other points of interest at Sugar Beach include:
- · 2 acres of beachfront and parkland which is accessible all year.
- · Adorned with 150 chairs and 36 umbrellas.
- · A paved tree-lined promenade runs diagonally through the park includes granite seats arranged in a beautiful maple leaf design.
- · For a few days each year (since 2011) Sugar Beach is transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor movie theatre. This free event brings people by water and by land. Have a boat, drop anchor and watch the movies from the water. Or grab a picnic dinner and join in on the fun from the sandy beach. This event is not to be missed.
3. Polson Pier
If you are looking for something a little faster paced, check out Polson Pier. Home to an extensive amusement area, with facilities for go karts, rock climbing, swimming, mini golf, beach volleyball, and a driving range as well as a large licensed nightclub called Sound Academy.
Also located here is the only drive-in movie theatre in downtown Toronto.
4. Good Eats and Great Views
Nothing beats a cool breeze on a warm summer day while enjoying a yummy bite to eat and a few drinks with friends – the breeze from Lake Ontario is one of the best features of living on the waterfront. Thankfully there is a bounty of great places to grab a bite where you are also also guaranteed a great view – including views of the water, tall ships, the Toronto skyline and the beautiful sunset.
5. The Martin Goodman Trail
The Martin Goodman Trail is a 56-kilometre multi-use, barrier free path along the Toronto waterfront - stretching from the Rouge River in the east, to the Humber River in the west running along the entire lakeshore - from one end of the city to the other. This trail is just a small portion of a much larger Waterfront Trail, stretching over 1600km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers. Connecting 76 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches.
Chances are, living on the waterfront will provide you with everything you are looking for in an urban community and a bounty of amazing opportunities that you didn’t know you were missing out on.