The Netherlands

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

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

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

+1 347 371 2252

Embedding the Legacy of the Lakefront

Toronto Waterfront, CA

Connecting the entire waterfront community with picturesque promenades and parks, elegant boardwalks and walkways, and beautiful boat piers – giving the lakefront back to the public and ensuring that waterfront neighbourhoods reconnect people to the Canadian tradition of a natural, accessible landscape.


“The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront represents nothing less than an unprecedented opportunity to literally change the face of Toronto and, ultimately, to redefine how the world perceives our city, province and country.”

– Our Waterfront Vision, Waterfront Toronto

Engaging the public from the beginning helped
ensure a successful project that reflects the community’s values.



Characterized by extensive public realm improvements and below-grade infrastructure upgrades, the Queen’s Quay Boulevard exemplifies thoughtful 21st-century urbanism and integrated public space design.

The East Bayfront: a 3km-long promenade; a continuous public open space at the water’s edge.


Unique to the project are the high-quality, custom-designed mosaic paving, furniture and tree-planting details.

Iconic Placemaking

The WaveDecks are a series of timber structures that explore variations of a simple articulation in the change in level between Queens Quay Boulevard and Lake Ontario along the Toronto Central Waterfront. Responding to the current pinch-points where the streetscape meets the water’s edge, the Wavedecks create new public space gateways and provide access to the waterfront, a key priority for Waterfront Toronto.



Design Engineer: Arup; Site Engineer: WSP Global (MMM Group); Electrical, Streetlighting and Signalization: TSL Consulting + Design Group Ltd; Structural: WSP Global (Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall Inc.); Urban Forestry: James Urban and Associates; Quantity Surveying: A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd; Traffic Management: BA Group; Irrigation: Smart Watering Systems; Utility Coordination: DPM Energy Inc; Environmental and Geotechnical: LVM Franz, Toronto, and Golder Associates; Construction Manager: Eastern Construction Company Limited

© Nicola Betts, © Chris Hillier, © Alexander Garvin, © Waterfront Toronto, and © West 8

Waterfront Toronto

Creating a consistent and legible image for the Central Waterfront.

The Central Waterfront extends 3.5 km along Lake Ontario and is in direct proximity to the downtown business district. It is one of Toronto’s most valuable assets. Yet, despite decades of planning and patchwork development projects, there was no coherent vision for linking the pieces into a greater whole – visually or physically.

Connectivity between the vitality of the city and the lake and a continuous, publicly accessible waterfront are West 8’s Masterplan priorities.  The plan expresses a vision for the Central Waterfront that brings a sustainable, ecologically productive ‘green foot’ to the rich culture of the metropolis. It suggests a new coherence and continuity along the waterfront, produced by four seemingly simple gestures that create a new ‘Multiple Waterfront’: the Primary Waterfront – a continuous water’s edge promenade with a series of pedestrian bridges;  the Secondary Waterfront – a recalibrated Queens Quay Boulevard with a new urban promenade and public spaces at the heads-of-slips; the Floating Waterfront – a series of floating elements that offer new boat moorings and public spaces in relation to the lake, and; the Cultures of the City – connections from Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods towards the waterfront.


Toronto Waterfront


Arup, Halsall Associates, Schollen & Company, Mulvey + Banani, David Dennis Design

© West 8, © Waterfront Toronto, © Nicola Betts Photography