||New Initiatives: Canada's Urban Waterfront
the Waterfront Culture and Heritage Infrastructure
The plan proposes that the waterfront become the
anchor for a series of cultural landmarks, learning
opportunities, entertainment venues and performing
spaces. The goal is to develop a high-profile
cultural zone that will enrich the cultural and
recreational lives of Torontonians and become
a major tourism destination. This Plan aims to
put culture and creativity at the centre of Toronto's
Culture and Heritage Infrastructure Plan
Waterfront Culture and Heritage Plan was prepared by
the City of Toronto's Toronto Culture. It is one of
several studies on Toronto's Waterfront commissioned
by the Waterfront Revitalization Intergovernmental Steering
Committee, comprised of the governments of Toronto,
Ontario and Canada. This Plan focuses on Toronto's central
waterfront, and is envisioned as the first of a series
of studies that will be a resource for Toronto's entire
waterfront, from Etobicoke to Scarborough. The Plan
is consistent with directions outlined in the City's
Central Waterfront Part Two Plan.
goal is to develop a high-profile cultural zone that
will enrich the cultural and recreational lives of Torontonians
and become a major tourism destination. The Plan proposes
the development of a Culture and Heritage Grid, and
twelve cultural opportunities.
GRID: SEVEN CORRIDORS
Plan is built around a grid of seven corridors, each
with a distinctive history and character, that link
cultural, natural and heritage resources in the core
of the city with those at the water's edge.
This corridor runs from Ontario Place and the foot
of Bathurst Street to Fort York and north through
Trinity-Bellwoods Park. Here is an opportunity for
public art and a series of fountains to mark the hidden
From Queen's Quay Terminal to the Art Gallery of Ontario,
this corridor contains an impressive range of important
cultural assets, including theatres and broadcast
centres. It has the potential to become Canada's premier
street of leading-edge arts, entertainment and new
Canada's Main Street. The rehabilitation of the Yonge-Dundas
intersection will enhance Yonge Street's role as the
cultural, commercial and civic core of the city. The
foot of Yonge is a premier location for a major cultural
facility, and a major destination for public celebrations.
This is one of Toronto's most historic streets, containing
19th century mansions, St. Lawrence Market, Allan
Gardens and St. James Cathedral. Connecting it with
the waterfront and improving the streetscape can help
turn Toronto's Old Town into a major attraction.
From the Exhibition to the Hearn Generating Station,
this route presents opportunities to expand downtown
waterfront trails, and develop a cultural centre and
Bringing back the Don will enhance and strengthen
the value of one of Toronto's most important natural
and cultural landscapes, the Don River ravine. Here
is an opportunity to use sites such as Todmorden Mills
and the Brickworks to highlight Toronto's history,
and to use the naturalized mouth of the Don as a place
of public art and heritage interpretation.
From Fort York in the west to the Gooderham &
Worts distillery in the east, this route has potential
to commemorate and celebrate Toronto's relationship
with the waterfront, using walking tours, interpretive
kiosks and public art.
'Ex": Reinvigorate the Ex by encouraging year-round
uses and linking it to the emerging Liberty Village
area to the north.
Place: Revive this urban park's popularity by celebrating
its success as a marriage of art, architecture and
family fun. Restore parts of the park, reverse infill
of its waterways and improve connections to the mainland.
York: Improve visitor services and facilities; enhance
its orientation as a park; and preserve views through
guidelines for adjacent development and commercial
Quay: Consider transforming the Canada Malting silos
into a new cultural centre in this dynamic, mixed-use
Centre: Support the programming strengths of the Centre
through partnerships in the arts, culture and heritage
Roundhouse: Use this unique building as a way to commemorate
Toronto's history as a railroad town, as well as showcase
public art and host community activities.
Station: Here is a key location for visitor information
and orientation to the city and the new waterfront.
of Yonge: This site is ideal as a major destination
for public celebrations, possibly as a festival site.
of Jarvis: Reusing the existing buildings as cultural
facilities can build on the neighbourhood's industrial
legacy and create major new public spaces that connect
the area to the Old Town.
and Worts Distillery: Here are buildings with potential
for new cultural activities and historical commemoration.
Lands: Development of this area can help facilitate
using Toronto's waterfront industrial landscape to
accommodate new cultural festivals and increase public
access to the water's edge.
Islands: There is strong potential on the islands
for historical interpretation, such as Toronto's aboriginal
history, and public art programs.