Queen’s Quay Terminal is a residential, entertainment, and shopping center on the harborfront of Toronto, Ontario. Built as a warehouse facility in the 1920s, the terminal was revitalized in the 1980s as a multipurpose complex featuring upscale shops and restaurants. The lakeside setting offers views of the Toronto Islands.
Toronto harbor boat tours and cruises typically pass by Queen’s Quay Terminal, offering views of its Art Deco exterior. Guides onboard provide facts and anecdotes about terminal’s history.
Walking tours of Downtown Toronto and the Harbourfront often include a stop at Queen’s Quay Terminal, with other stops typically ranging from the CN Tower to the Distillery District. Other visitors opt for private tours, which allow the flexibility to add Queen’s Quay to your customized itinerary.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Queen’s Quay Terminal is a must for history buffs and shoppers.
- A variety of food options are available, from takeaway pizza to sit-down dim sum.
- The terminal is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Located on the Toronto Harbourfront, Queen’s Quay Terminal is easily accessible using public transit. Streetcars 510 and 509 stop directly in front of the terminal; or, take a 7-minute walk from Union Station on the metro’s 1 line. Toronto Island ferries dock at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, which is a 5-minute walk from Queen’s Quay Terminal.
When to Get There
Queen’s Quay Terminal is open year-round, but it’s busiest from May to September. Crowds swell when there’s something going on at the adjacent Harbourfront Centre, which hosts events throughout the summer, from a vegetarian food market to an African arts festival.
Lake Ontario’s Waterfront Trail is a series of interconnected paths used for walking, running, and biking that extend from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville. The trail passes directly in front of Queen’s Quay Terminal, where you can board ferries to the Toronto Islands. After your Queen’s Quay Terminal visit, take advantage of the Bike Share Toronto dock, across the street, and explore the trail, which offers panoramic waterfront views.