A Toronto neighbourhood that incorporates a fresh blend of commercial, residential, and cultural uses is Harbourfront. It also functions as Toronto's play area next to the lake. Harbourfront is extremely popular with tourists as well as Toronto residents.
From Bathurst Street at the west, to the Yonge or York Streets to the east, and north to the Gardiner is what defines Harbourfront, Toronto Real Estate Section C01.
Toronto’s harbour has been used since the founding of Toronto for shipping and industrial purposes. The Town of York was founded to the west of the Don River, along the waterfront. When the town was founded, the water’s edge was approximately where today’s ‘Front Street’ is located. Over time, the area south of Front Street to today’s water’s edge south of ‘Queen’s Quay’ was filled in with landfill, creating piers and area for industrial development.
Prior to the 1972 federal election, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau announced the Harbourfront project, which would expropriate the industrial port lands from York Street west to Bathurst Street, south of Queen’s Quay and convert them to a cultural and residential district for Toronto, similar to the Granville Island district in Vancouver. The federal government has converted the industrial area to an area mixed with art galleries, performance spaces, boating areas and parks. The surrounding neighbourhood, formerly industrial has been converted by private land developers into a series of condominium towers overlooking the project and Lake Ontario.
From its beginnings as “Harbourfront Corporation”, a federal Crown Corporation established in 1972, Harbourfront Centre was formed on January 1, 1991 as a non-profit charitable organization with a mandate to organize and present public events and to operate a 10-acre (40,000 m2) site encompassing York Quay and John Quay (south of Queens Quay West). Since its inception, Harbourfront Centre has been introducing Toronto audiences to artists and art forms that would not normally be seen in commercial venues, exploring new and bold frontiers in the arts and creative expression.