Information for Travellers

Prior to arrival for travellers

The Government of Canada recently announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test.

As a reminder, travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. Travellers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.

You must use ArriveCAN, which is free to use, to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine, and travel information up to 72 hours before your travel. If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border, you will not be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, even if you meet all the other requirements. 

Please note that some restaurants/bars and other locations such as salons/spas/healthcare may require you to show proof of full vaccination and/or wear a mask to receive service.

Arrival

Arriving in Canada

All persons arriving in Canada must provide proof of full vaccination by an approved vaccine.  

Government of Canada COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders page

ArriveCAN Link 

Arriving from another province or territory within Canada

There are currently no restrictions on travel to Ontario from other provinces or territories.

Please note: Proof of double vaccination is required to enter many locations in Ontario such as bars and restaurants.

Arriving by air

Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Pearson International Airport is Toronto’s major transportation hub. It is about a 30-45 minute drive between downtown and the airport depending on time of day and traffic. There are many taxis and airport limos located at exits (approx. $50-60 for downtown locations). Uber is also popular in Toronto.

UP Express

The UP Express is a dedicated rail-line between Pearson Airport and Union Station (Toronto’s major rail hub) downtown. It is a 25 minute ride between the two, with a couple of stops at stations along the way. It is extremely affordable and a great option for those looking to save time and money in getting downtown. It is a 15 minute walk or a 6 minute drive (if it’s not rush hour) via taxi or Uber between Union Station and Harbourfront Centre.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)

Located on Toronto Island, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport offers services to more than 20 cities in Canada and the US via Porter Airlines and Air Canada. It is a quick 10 minute drive via taxi or Uber between the ferry dock for the airport and Harbourfront Centre.

Arriving by rail

VIA Rail

VIA Rail is Canada’s passenger rail service. Union Station is Toronto’s major rail hub located at 61 Front Street West, between Bay and York Streets.

It is a 15 minute walk or a 6 minute drive (if it’s not rush hour) via taxi or Uber between Union Station and Harbourfront Centre.

Hotels

The Westin Harbour Castle

1 Harbour Square / +1 416 869 1600

This large, four-star hotel offers well-appointed, luxurious accommodation with select rooms boasting views of Lake Ontario and Toronto’s spectacular city skyline. It has an indoor pool, roof-top tennis courts and fitness centre and is a 5-minute walk from Harbourfront Centre.


Radisson Blu Toronto Downtown

249 Queens Quay West / +1 437 886 9667

The Radisson Blu is an intimate, boutique-style hotel providing dramatic views of Lake Ontario and the CN Tower. It is a 3-minute walk from Harbourfront Centre.


Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8

Google Maps

Harbourfront Centre Site Map

Arriving by streetcar

509 Harbourfront streetcars run between Union and Exhibition.
510 Spadina streetcars run between Spadina and Union.
Exit your streetcar at the Harbourfront Centre stop.

TTC Trip Planner

Arriving by subway

Head southbound on the Yonge-University Line to Union Station then take the 509 streetcar to Harbourfront Centre.

Arriving by car

Underground parking is available on-site at 235 Queens Quay West, or above-ground one block west at Rees Street and Queens Quay West.

Motorists exiting from the new off-ramp MAY make a right turn and travel south on Lower Simcoe Street.

There is NO TURN on Lake Shore Boulevard for travel south on Lower Simcoe Street.

Motorists travelling WESTBOUND on Queens Quay West MAY make a left turn at Lower Simcoe Street into our site. Please note the advance left turn signal light.

Motorists travelling EASTBOUND on Queens Quay West MAY NOT make a right turn into our site.

Parking Information

Arriving by bike

Ride the Martin Goodman Trail or take any street between Bathurst and Parliament traveling south to Queens Quay West and bike along the water for the most scenic route. Bike parking is available.

Arriving by foot

Head South down York Street from Union Station. Take a right on Queens Quay West for about two minutes and Harbourfront Centre will be on your left at 235 Queens Quay West. Or The PATH provides a direct route south to Queens Quay West.

COVID Protocols at Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre Check-In App

All employees and guests of Harbourfront Centre must have proof of double vaccination and must use the check-in app upon arrival to the campus.

Health resources

Please note that US/Int’l citizens will have to pay to go to a walk-in medical clinic or for services at a hospital, but the fees are generally greatly reduced from what is common in the US.

Pharmacy

Rexall
88 Queens Quay W (in RBC WaterPark Place)
+1 416 607 5552
Hours: Monday to Friday 7am – 7pm / Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm

Harbourfront Medicine Cabinet
8 York St #1 (between Queens Quay W and Harbour St)
+1 416 366 3669
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8am – 8pm / Friday 8am – 6pm / Saturday 10am – 4pm (closed on Sunday)

Shoppers Drug Mart
390 Queens Quay West near Spadina Ave
+1 416 260 2766
Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am – 12am

Health Care

Hospitals (Open 24h)

St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond St
+1 416-360-4000

Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave
+1 416-586-8203

Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth St
+1 416-340-4800

Toronto Western Hospital
299 Bathurst St
+1 416-603-2581

Walk-in Clinics (Medical and Dental)

The Harbourfront Medical Walk-In Clinic & Harbourfront Medical
Ultra-modern, state of the art, warm and inviting health facility that features a medical walk-in clinic, a sports rehab centre, chiropractic services, physiotherapy, massage, orthotic/foot care
8 York St #4
+1 416 366 2273

Health One
Medical Walk-In Clinic, Physiotherapy, Dental, Optometry, Naturopathy, Mental Health Services
110 Harbour St. (in One York Tower, 3rd floor)
+1 416 663 5433
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8am – 7pm / Friday 8am – 2pm / Saturday 10am – 3pm (closed on Sunday)

Dental emergency

Waterview Dental 
218 Queens Quay West #1 (across from Harbourfront Centre)  
416 368 2855  
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm / Saturday 8am – 2p  

Note from their site: give us a call or message us if you have an emergency during office hours and we will strive to see your dental emergencies usually on the same day as you call, and in most cases within an hour.  If for some reason we cannot see you at our location on a specific day, we will triage you to one of our sister locations at Parkview Dental, Cityview Dental, or The Richmond Dental Centre.  

 Some tips from the Canadian Dental Association on how to handle common dental emergencies: https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/complications/emergencies/index.asp

Out and about in Toronto

Access Now

Access Now is an app that uses crowdsourcing to pinpoint the accessibility status of locations on an interactive map. Search for specific places or browse to see what is nearby with the accessibility features you need.

Public Transit

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is Toronto’s public transportation system. It consists of subway, bus and streetcar routes.

  • · Streetcar: be sure to “Tap” the Presto Card once on-board the streetcar (entry from any door)
  • Bus: enter through the front doors of the bus, “Tap” card upon entry
  • Subway: “Tap” card at subway gates

The subway typically stops running at 1:30am, however, some streetcars and buses operate throughout the night. Please consult the TTC website for more details: https://www.ttc.ca

Taxi

Beck Taxi — (416) 751-5555

Beck is one of Toronto’s most prominent taxi companies. Their orange and green cars are instantly recognizable.

Co-op Cabs — (416) 504-2667

Co-op is also a good option, as they are the second biggest cab company in Toronto and are open 24/7.

Uber

Uber is used widely and is popular in Toronto. Download the app on the app store to get started.

Lyft

Lyft is a Transportation Network Company much like Uber. Simply download the app and provide a method of payment. Google Play Store The App Store – Apple

Bike

Toronto has a fairly extensive bike share network. Similar to BIXI in Montreal, Bike Share Toronto was designed for users to make short trips around the city. Bikes can be picked up at stations throughout the

city, and must be returned to any other station in the Bike Share Toronto system within 30 minutes or you will be charged additional fees. A one-day pass is $7 and a 3-day pass is $15. More information on Bike Share Toronto can be found at: https://www.bikesharetoronto.com

Restaurants, bars, cafés & coffee nearby

Please note that masks must be worn inside all public buildings and proof of double vaccination may be requested by the bar/restaurant in order to eat onsite.

Amsterdam Brewhouse (on location, 245 Queens Quay W), brewery and restaurant that pairs local food with craft beer.

Boxcar Social (on location, 235 Queen’s Quay W), rustic coffee house featuring craft brews and food.

Starbucks, located just across the street on the corner of Queens Quay W. and York Street.
Open 6:30am – 10pm.

Tim Hortons, Canada’s famous coffee and sandwich destination. Two locations: inside the Queens Quay Terminal at 207 Queens Quay W. & beside the Radisson Hotel at 249 Queens Quay W.

Located inside Queens Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West)

Farm Boy, get fresh or ready-made food at the supermarket.
Open 8am to 10pm, 7 days/week

The Goodman Pub and Kitchen, offers a relaxed atmosphere with panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Centre Island. Their menu is a mixture of contemporary and traditional dishes.
Open 11:30am to 11pm except Th/Fr/Sat open to midnight

Joe Bird, casual lakeside eatery serving saucy, smoked & deep-fried chicken, plus drinks & to-go breakfasts.
Open Mon/Tues 4pm-9pm, Wed-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat/Sun 10am-12am

The Pie Bar, features the sociability of a casual dining experience, bold flavours, relaxed atmosphere and legendary pies! Serving Neapolitan-style pizza pies & fresh pasta, plus gelato & drinks.
Open 11:30am to 10:30pm except Fri/Sat open to 11pm

Vegan restaurants, bars, cafés downtown

Please note that masks must be worn inside all public buildings and proof of double vaccination may be requested by the bar/restaurant in order to eat onsite.

Rosalinda is a vegan Mexican restaurant by some of Toronto’s most notable restaurateurs – Grant van Gameren, Max Rimaldi and Jamie Cook.

133 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3A9
Open for Takeout & Delivery Mon/Tues/Wed 12PM -8PM

Fresh on Spadina, features a large menu of modern vegetarian & vegan dishes, plus made-to-order juices, in a lively eatery.

147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm

Parka Food Co., a unique vegan restaurant in downtown Toronto with minimally decorated counter serve dishing out plant-based mac & cheese, burgers, fries & rings.

424 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A7
Closed Mondays. Open Tues-Sun 12-9pm

Copper Branch, a fast casual restaurant with menu items that are 100% plant-based, gluten-free, all-natural, organic & made with non-gmo ingredients.

Located in the Commerce Court West Building, 199 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5L 1E2

Doomie’s, this vegan haunt with a dark decor offers comfort food staples, plus craft beers, wine & cocktails.

Located in Bar Vegandale, 1265 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5
Hours: 12-11pm, 12pm-12am Fri/Sat

Other must try restaurants in Toronto

Please note that masks must be worn inside all public buildings and proof of double vaccination may be requested by the bar/restaurant in order to eat onsite.

Antler Kitchen & Bar, located at 1454 Dundas Street West, this restaurant offers a seasonal menu featuring local and wild ingredients. Try the Farmers Market Gnocchi with Ontario weekly seasonal vegetables or the Game Burger served with a Wild Boar, Bison, Deer patty and hot mustard, duck egg aioli and house smoked cheddar.

1454 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y6
Tues-Fri 5pm-10am, Sat/Sun 3pm-10pm. Closed Mondays.

Bar Fancy, located in Queen West (Look for the neon sign of the tiger head, down the alley!), this upbeat-modern snack bar serves dishes like fried chicken, and oysters, plus beer, wine & cocktails. This snack bar is a perfect go-to for late-night drinks and food (open 5pm until 2am.)

1070 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H8 https://m.facebook.com/barfancyto/ https://www.instagram.com/barfancyto/?hl=en

Bellwoods Brewery, located on the Ossington strip, a little farther from the entertainment district, you’ll find this Toronto brewpub. During the warmer months, enjoy the patio or casual indoor seating with a second floor mezzanine. Next door you’ll find bottle shop rotating a selection of Bellwoods Brewery beer.

124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5

El Catrin, located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, this stylish restaurant serves up authentic and modern Mexican small plates, and many types of tequila. The menu is designed for sharing so this restaurant is ideal for large groups; however, enjoy this restaurant with your smaller party as well. The wall mural is one of the best; it took three Mexican artists almost 100 days to create this incredible piece of art.

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Impact Kitchen, located in RBC Waterpark Place on the north side of Queen’s Quay W: 100% gluten free kitchen with minimally processed, nutrient dense, real food. Keto, vegan, paleo, dairy free options for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner.

88 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 0B6

Lee Restaurant, located in King West; International Chef Susur Lee has devised a delectable palette of small-plate dishes with modern Asian & French influences, ideal for sharing with your table mates. (The 19-ingredient slaw is amazing.)

601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

Pow Wow Café, located in Kensington market, this café serves up tacos on Ojibway-style frybread. Weekend brunch and drinks are also available.

213 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4 https://www.facebook.com/CafePowWow/ https://www.instagram.com/powwowcafeto/?hl=en

Santouka Ramen, located on Dundas Street East, a short walk from Dundas Square, this small Japanese ramen restaurant serves up some of the best Spicy Karamiso Ramen! A local favourite, this restaurant is ideal for a quick bite.

91 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5B 1E1

Can’t decide? Try these websites for more ideas.

There are so many great places to eat in Toronto, why not let someone else help you decide!

BlogTO – Best Of Toronto
TRNTO (Post City) – Toronto’s Best 100 Restaurants
Toronto.com

Food delivery

Please visit the website or download the app in your Smartphone:

Skip The Dishes
Uber Eats
Door Dash

Please note that occasionally there are issues with some international phone numbers when trying to sign up for these services – if you find that to be the case, you can ask at the hotel if you can use the front desk number instead (at the Westin this is 416-869-1600) or alternately please reach out to your Harbourfront Centre contact for assistance.