Summer is right around the corner (couldn't you tell?) and we've been pining to get out to the waterfront. Not only do we have a few projects happening there as part of the waterfront revitalization -- which is the largest urban redevelopment project in North America -- but we personally think it's one of the best local places to hang out in the summer.
Here's what we're looking forward to on Toronto's waterfront this year.
Obviously, Harbourfront is the hub of all summer events and cultural activities when it comes to Toronto's waterfront. The Summer Festival series happens every weekend all summer long. Harbourfront Centre works with over 450 community organizations and hosts more than 4,000 events a year.
As much as we love camping up north, we're also pretty thrilled that we can stay in the city and get our yacht on. For those of us who don't have a boating license to appreciate the finer art of water navigation, there are always loads of harbour tours offering good views of Toronto, or you can rent some digs at the Canoe and Kayak centre.
The Power Plant
No word of a lie, but there is always something fascinating happening at the The Power Plant, the waterfront's contemporary art gallery. Although the gallery physically sits in the Harbourfront Centre, it is led by its own Board of Directors. This is the place to be on the water if you want to enjoy internationally-acclaimed contemporary art.
Watermark Irish Pub
There isn't much to say about Watermark except that it's a beautiful pub surrounded by grand boulevards and a pretty view of Lake Ontario. Overall, a great place to walk around and people-watch, or sit at the dock of the bay.
One of the most unique parts of Toronto offers wonderful opportunities to hang out and have a picnic on a beach. That's why we love the car-free, pro-ferry Toronto Islands. And many other reasons, like music festivals and looking at cute houses.
The Martin Goodman Trail
We're always obsessing over the next ride at Cityzen, and the Martin Goodman Trail -- which runs from Etobicoke to Scarborough across the waterfront -- tends to satisfy our cycling cravings. We love that the trail offers pedestrian, bicycle and in-line skating lanes.
What's your favourite thing to do on the waterfront? Let us know in the comments.