FLAVOUR Flavour full. Harbourfront Centre offers visitors a potent cocktail of art and culture from Canada and around the world.
GETTING THERE Take the Harbourfront streetcar (509, 510) from Union Station and get off at Simcoe Street.
THE CLOCK Great weekend destination. Activities go on all day and into the night. Every Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m. live musical acts take the stage in the Brigantine room of the York Quay Centre.
WHAT TO DO The city’s waterfront is picturesque backdrop to some of Toronto’s most esteemed cultural attractions—Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Premiere Dance Theatre, du Maurier Theatre Centre—so the question really becomes, do you think you can do it all in one trip?
Suggestions: see the exhibit Stretch at the Power Plant; see a play by the Soulpepper Theatre Co.; enjoy Free Flicks at the CIBC stage from July 3 to August 23 (see lineup below); catch a concert in the Toronto Music Garden (475 Queens Quay W., 416-338-0338; every Thurs. at 7 p.m. & Sun. at 4 p.m.); view artists at work in the Craft Shop (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.); tour the Toronto Islands by boat. (For more information on Harbourfront events, call 416-973-4000 or see www.harbourfront.on.ca).
WHAT TO BUY One-of-a-kind works by emerging and established Canadian artists at Bounty; tour the many shops that make up Queen’s Quay Terminal—Nocean, Tilley Endurables, Oh Yes Toronto! Store, Arctic Nunavut, Harris Inuit Gallery—are just a few must- visits; pick up international arts and crafts at the outdoor International Marketplace (Waterfront Promenade; weekends only) or home and garden accessories at Home Zone (Lakeside Tent).
WHERE TO EAT The Boathouse Bar & Grill (Queens Quay Terminal, 416-203-6300); Il Fornello (Queens Quay Terminal, 416-861-1028); Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-3000); Pier 4; Bambu (245 Queens Quay W., 416-214-6000); World Café, an outdoor café highlighting world cuisines; weekends only.
PHOTO OPS By the lake, on the boardwalk, on the steps of Queens Quay Terminal, or perched precariously on the Amsterdam Bridge.