York Quay Revitalization

The revitalization of York Quay at Harbourfront Centre has created a series of new public spaces in central waterfront’s busiest areas.

About York Quay

Waterfront Toronto has been working with Harbourfront Centre since 2005 on a series of new public spaces designed to transform an area dominated by a surface parking lot into an engaging waterfront destination.


Central to the project was the construction of a new underground parking garage. The centrepiece of the garage is a public art piece called Light Cascade, a 3-storey reflective wall of glass that brings natural light into the garage and lights the plaza above. By moving the parking lot underground, the surface area was opened up for the creation of three new public spaces: Canada Square, Ontario Square and Exhibition Common.

Designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, these spaces work together to create more public space on the waterfront and programming options for Harbourfront Centre. At the water’s edge, we also improved public access to the lake by widening the water’s edge promenade, adding a wooden boardwalk and constructing two new finger piers at York Quay.


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Extras from York Quay Revitalization

Video: Official Groundbreaking: York Quay

Watch the official groundbreaking ceremony at York Quay.

Video: From Parking Lot to Waterfront Destination

"Tearing up a parking lot to create a peace of paradise."