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Situated along the banks of Lake Ontario, this 10-acre attraction has transformed from a derelict shipping terminal to an upscale neighborhood bustling with hundreds of things to do. Abandoned warehouses have been transformed into theaters and an art gallery, giving it an atmosphere comparable to Pier 39 in San Francisco and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. There's also multiple eateries around as well as several small parks, including the Toronto Music Garden, designed in part by cellist Yo Yo Ma. And if you're around during the summer, you can kick back on Sugar Beach, a former parking lot transformed into an urban beach. What's more, Harbourfront Centre hosts upward of 4,000 events throughout the year to service the 17 million people that pass through the area annually.
Travelers and locals alike both agree that Harbourfront Centre makes for a pleasant visit, not to mention the perfect place for a peaceful stroll. Travelers loved the city and lake vistas, but some warned visitors to pack an extra layer to brave the lake winds, no matter what time of year you visit. If you happen to be around in the winter, locals strongly encourage an ice skating excursion here, simply for the views.
You can find Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto, about half a mile from the CN Tower. Access to the area is free. If you're coming via public transportation, the 509 Harbourfront streetcars run between Union and Exhibition, while the 510 Spadina streetcars run between Spadina and Union. You can get off either at the Harbourfront Centre stop. Union Station is the closest subway stop. Considering parking can cost between $5 and $24, depending on the day and time, it may be best to leave your rental car at your accommodations. Hours vary by venue. For more information on the Harbourfront Centre, and a calendar of the events happening throughout the year, check out its website.
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