What Makes Harbourfront Queens Quay So Great?

Tucked along the shores of Lake Ontario, the Harbourfront Queens Quay neighbourhood has become a popular destination for both Toronto residents and tourists alike. Along the water, a host of modern hi-rises offer stunning views of the lake and city skyline.

On the ground, easy access to downtown and great recreational amenities makes the area a great place to call home. Next door to Harbourfront Queens Quay you’ll find some of the best dining and shopping in the city. From the largest indoor shopping mall in Toronto to a bustling theatre and entertainment district, this area is a gateway to nightlife in the city.

Types of Homes

One of the city’s most densely populated communities, residential properties in Harbourfront Queens Quay are all condo and apartment buildings. While buildings range in both age and amenities, a handful of exciting modern developments are coming soon to the neighbourhood. Empire Quay House, which is estimated to be completed in early 2024, will be a substantial addition to the community. Featuring nearly 500 residential units, 9,200 square feet of ground-level retail space, and state-of-the-art fitness amenities, this condo development will surely set a new standard of living along the lake. Empire Quay House will also feature strong community-oriented amenities such as a shared balcony, co-working space, party room and expansive outdoor rooftop with a built-in dining area, BBQ and dog run.

You Should See

As one of Toronto’s most popular tourist districts, Harbourfront Queens Quay has no shortage of things to see and do. Catching a Blue Jays game and visiting the CN Tower are Toronto classics. The recently revamped Harbourfront Centre hosts a variety of festivals, exhibitions and entertainment events. Waterfront cruises offer some incredible views of the city skyline. The Toronto Islands are also only a short ferry or water-taxi ride away.

The Toronto Islands are one of the best green spaces in the city. Check out some of our other favourite parks here.

Neighbourhood Hotspots

Harbourfront Queens Quay is a great place to grab a bite to eat while enjoying a view of the lake. For a casual drink or tasty coffee, Boxcar Social is a local favourite. It’s also the perfect place to hang out and admire the incredible yachts docked nearby. The Parisian-influenced Le Select Bistro is home to maybe the best brunch in the city – an absolute must-try! Along with restaurants the area also has recreation. With several kilometres of trails along the quay, the neighbourhood is perfect for walking and jogging.

There’s truly no shortage of things to do along the Harbourfront. Check out our essential to-do guide for Toronto’s waterfront communities here.

Getting Around

Harbourfront Queens Quay is without a doubt one of the best areas in the city to live if you don’t own a car. As the neighbourhood is only a short walk to Union Station, residents have unmatched access to virtually the entire city. Union is also served by Go Transit, VIA Rail and the Union-Pearson Express making getting out of Toronto fast and easy. Streetcars along Queens Quay offer regular connections around the neighbourhood and to other transit hubs. For cyclists, Queens Quay’s dedicated bike lanes make getting to and from downtown easy.


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