The Waterfront Communities – the Island neighbourhood occupies a swath of the far downtown core that abuts – and includes – a portion of Lake Ontario.
Bounded by Queen and Front streets to the north, Bathurst Street to the west and the Don Valley to the east, the neighbourhood goes as far south as the southern tip of Toronto Island.
The area has seen a condo boom in recent years, adding density to what was once a largely industrial area. That, combined with an ongoing revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront, is turning it into more of a place to be.
Attractions in the area include the CN Tower, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Island Park and beaches on the park, while sports fans can take in Raptors and Leafs games at the Air Canada Centre and Blue Jays games at the Rogers Centre.
The neighbourhood is also home to the Distillery District, the Fashion District, St. Lawrence Market, the West Don Lands and Billy Bishop Airport.
Transit serving the area includes the subway (Union and St. Andrew stations), streetcars along Queen’s Quay, King, Queen, Bathurst and Spadina, and ferries carrying passengers to and from the island.
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