Toronto Central Waterfront
Photo Credit: West 8
Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault
Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans
Case study compiled in 2017
Project: Toronto Central Waterfront
Type of Urban Strategy: Water
Type of Project: River Walk / Promenade Plaza
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date Designed/Planned: 2006
Construction Completed: 2011
Designer: West 8, DTAH
Toronto Central Waterfront began as a response to the complexities of past development on the waterfront edge. The rift between the water's edge and downtown Toronto continued to push the diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto away from one of its most majestic assets - Lake Ontario.
The dramatic re-development of Toronto's Waterfront marks a pivotal point in Toronto's social, historical, cultural, and economic movements. The Central Waterfront project, funded in 2006 by Toronto Waterfront and the City of Toronto, provides the adhesive to create a visually cohesive, aesthetically pleasing and public-oriented downtown. This project not only activates the surrounding downtown landscape, but also the Lake of Ontario's water edge.