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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Reorienting the City Back to the Water

Parliament Slip, Toronto, CA

Reconnecting the city with the waterfront, creating an engaging, inviting, and accessible space for all.

West 8 + DTAH is developing an exciting vision for Parliament Slip with Waterfront Toronto, transforming an underused industrial area into a waterfront destination where residents and visitors can access the water. The proposed transformation of the Slip brings engaging public spaces, safe interaction with the harbour, and recreational, dining, and retail activities.

After extensive discussions with the public and stakeholders, West 8 + DTAH designed a space that includes a floating pier adorned with concessions opportunities, kayak and canoe launches, floating pools, new mooring facilities, and a pedestrian bridge. The Floating Pools create an immersive experience on the water with panoramic views of the lake and the city. Two outdoor pools – a deeper pool for recreation and a smaller hydrotherapy pool – cater to a variety of users. Adjacent to the floating pool is a transportation pier that will support future marine transportation uses such as water taxis and ferries. The Floating Village, a cluster of concessions stands, provides opportunities for small businesses to bring Toronto’s diverse dining culture to the waterfront. Additionally, a fully accessible boat launch creates a place for people to enjoy the harbour by kayak. Lastly, the proposed WaveDeck and public space at the head of the slip create a space to enjoy the theatre of the harbour.

Parliament Slip builds on the family of existing slips and WaveDecks as part of West 8 + DTAH’s continuing work along Toronto’s Central Waterfront. Over the years, the Central Waterfront Master Plan has increased access to the waterfront, improved pedestrian connectivity, and enhanced multimodal mobility.

Waterfront Toronto


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