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The neighbourhood known as CityPlace is a relatively new Toronto neighbourhood adjacent to Toronto’s Harbourfront area. Bordered by Bathurst Street, Lake Shore Boulevard, Front Street and the Rogers Centre, Cityplace is a thriving neighbourhood of urban professionals and young families who enjoy city life with the ease and luxury of up-scale condominium living. Local residents enjoy spectacular lake views with the benefits of self-contained urban living and the convenience of close proximity to work, rest and play. Downtown parking is an issue no longer; you can walk to the Jays Game, head to the theatre, or have dinner on the town. And if you work in the Financial District, early mornings after a late night will be that much easier. If people want to know where you live, just direct them to the big red canoe, where they will find you relaxing on the bluffs of Canoe Landing Park. This park, located in the heart of CityPlace, will make getting outside easy – and it’s a quick jaunt to the lakeshore, so whether you’re walking, jogging or cycling, you won’t have far to go. Plus, the streetcar is at your doorstep and the Gardiner Expressway is right in front of you to take you wherever you desire.


Once upon a time . . .

Once upon a time, CityPlace and its surrounding area along the shores of Lake Ontario were garrison lands protecting Canadians from their southern neighbours who were not behaving well. After the war of 1812, peace ensued and with the rise of industrialization, the garrison lands were sold to the railways. The demise of industry in the ‘70s, however, saw the need for rail service decline – leaving a wake of deserted railroad property. The CN Tower and Metro Toronto Convention Centre arose from this ground, along with plans for revitalization of these once-busy railway yards. Via Rail, the last railway man standing relocated their local operations in the late ‘80s, freeing up the space needed for change and making room for the Rogers Centre. While new roads and infrastructure were being outworked for the area, the recession of the early ‘90s caused development plans to halt. However, later that decade the city of Toronto sold the land to CityPlace developers and by 2003 the first phase of redevelopment was completed in an area that is now one of the most thriving, desired neighbourhoods for young professionals in the city.


Bricks & Mortar

The largest residential neighbourhood in Toronto, CityPlace comprises large, up-scale condominium developments. Built on over 18 hectares of land with more than 7500 residential units, the area is divided into 10 street blocks, each hosting several residential towers with their own set of shared facilities. The developments range with a mix of mid-rise and luxury high-rise buildings, several 38-storey towers and townhouses. A more recent addition is the Panorama building with a seven-story podium, mid-rise building and luxury high-rise featuring a number of 1500-sq-ft units with private elevators. The Panorama’s elliptical design is a stunning sculpture in brick and glass that offers breathtaking unobstructed views. However, a more recent proposal may see the launch of a new development providing affordable housing for families in the vacant area next to Canoe Landing Park – a shift that will bring more socio-economic diversity to the area as well as create space and affordability for young professionals to have larger families without having to leave the area.


A breath of fresh air

At the heart of CityPlace, Canoe Landing Park features eight acres of green in an urban space that is the focal point of the neighbourhood’s design and the largest space of this kind in the city. The all-season Astro-Turf field is home to resident ultimate Frisbee players and soccer fanatics, who can be found playing well into the evening hours. Runners, walkers and dog owners appreciate the well-groomed trails with a one-mile track commemorating Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Children and adults alike can be found cooling off in the children’s splash pad. Designed as colourful fishing bobbers, the water feature also doubles as part of the rather interesting urban artwork displayed throughout the park. Other works include a sculpted beaver dam, iceberg benches, a bronze heart-shaped stone, and a large red canoe designed by Douglas Coupland. Situated on the bluff, the red canoe has become an icon for commuters on the Gardiner Expressway and is listed as one of the top 10 “make-out” sites in Toronto, probably because of its fantastic lake views. And for CityPlace residents, the water’s edge really is your front yard. The Martin Goodman trail will take you alongside a sea of blue to parks, pools, boardwalks and beaches. And for a beach-in-the-city experience, wander over to the soft sand, yellow umbrellas and Muskoka recliners of HtO Park. While there is no swimming, this unique lakeside beach offers an oasis of rest and relaxation close to home.


Taxi!

With spectacular lake and city views, CityPlace has fantastic access to transportation on all fronts. Walk 10 minutes north and you’ll find yourself in the heart of King West, or walk or cycle south to the Martin Goodman trail and enjoy the Harbourfront as you make your way east or west. The TTC is also at your doorstep, with the 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst minutes away from Union, Spadina and Bathurst Stations. And if you prefer to drive, the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard will take you to all the major highways connecting to the greater Toronto area with access literally in your front yard.


Coffee . . . Where are thou?

While Starbucks and other cafés do not compete for every street corner in this neighbourhood, CityPlace features some hidden treasures just minutes away from your doorstep. Thor Espresso Bar at 35 Bathurst Street is worth the short walk. The owner and barista Patrick Tu is passionate about coffee and will only serve a perfect shot of espresso. His steamed milk is creamier than chocolate and his lattes are some of the best in the city. This indie café/espresso bar offers quality roasted coffee, a great selection of teas, smoothies and a range of delicious treats. Another café worth visiting is the Music Garden Café at 466 Queens Quay West. This is also an independently owned business, with owners committed to great customer service and a relaxing coffee experience. Overlooking the lake and the Music Garden for which it is named, this venue is warm and cozy, perfect for taking a moment out of your busy day. For your convenience, Spot Coffee is also located just steps away at 333 Bremner Boulevard, while Tim Horton’s is located at 43 Mississauga Road. So whichever café you fancy, caffeine is readily available in the CityPlace neighbourhood. Street ViewBird’s Eye


Date Night!

Nestled between the Harbourfront, King West Village, Entertainment and Financial Districts, CityPlace offers a vast array of dining and entertainment options. If you don’t want to stray too far from home, the Fox & the Fiddle features fine pub fare in a warm, cozy atmosphere. Catch up with friends, watch the game, or play a round of pool, and be sure to take advantage of the warm weather while you relax on their outdoor patio. And with the Rogers Centre and CN Tower literally next door, dinner opportunities on Bremner Boulevard and Front Street are endless. Be sure to head to the top of the tower to 360 The Restaurant — Toronto’s only revolving restaurant — where you will enjoy five-star food and service with spectacular city views. Another hidden gem adjacent to the Roger’s Centre is Arriba Restaurant. Located in the lobby of the Marriot, Arriba delivers a unique dining experience with a reasonably priced menu, great service and (insert: drum roll here) floor-to-ceiling views onto the Rogers Centre field. Is your significant other a sports fan? Call ahead and book a window table, and make an ordinary dining experience an extraordinary one.

For a romantic lakeside option, adventure awaits at the Harbourfront with almost 4000 events per year including free outdoor art exhibits, concerts, jazz festivals, theatre performances and cinema nights. Not to mention, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Marine Museum, and Old Fort York are a short walk away from CityPlace – and they’re all perfect activities for a fun, casual date.


Does that come in a size 7?

Did you forget an anniversary or birthday or get a last-minute invitation? Do you need a perfect gift or outfit or both? Not to worry, there’s a Winners store on Spadina Avenue just south of King Street that is in walking distance – or hop a streetcar and find yourself immersed in trendy Queen West shopping before you know it. For your more practical day-to-day shopping needs, just step outside, and Sobeys (located at 23 Fort York Boulevard) offers an extension to your kitchen pantry; it’s that close to home. And for specialty foods and groceries, head over to Fresh & Wild. And be sure to stop at the LCBO on King Street to find that perfect wine to complement your dinner, knowing that you’ll be home in minutes.


Where to take the kids. . .

Just as important as finding the right home for your family is finding the right school for your children. From your child’s first year to their high school graduation, there are some great educational options in the downtown area as well as proposals to construct two new elementary schools in the heart of the CityPlace neighbourhood. Most Toronto schools have definite enrollment boundaries, so it’s always a good idea to contact the school you have in mind to ensure your new home falls within their boundaries. For more information, visit the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic School Boards websites.

For family fun on the weekends, the Harbourfront is a recreational hub of activity that also offers exciting and educational programs for the school holidays. Cooking, circus and sports, sailing, kayaking and digital photography are just a few of the options to keep your children entertained. For more educational recreation, visit the Sanderson Branch of the Toronto Public Library located at 327 Bathurst Street. With a great selection of books, the library also features family-friendly movie nights and special events including literacy-building fun and special musical guests. As well, a brand-new library branch is being built at Fort York Boulevard and Bathurst Street right next door to CityPlace.


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