The Bentway: What’s in store for Toronto’s Waterfront

Apr 6, 2017

You might have noticed some construction going on beneath the Gardiner Expressway. What you might not have noticed is, this construction is going to transform this area into a new, innovative public space for the city’s growing population to enjoy. Here, you can learn a bit more about The Bentway, and what’s in store for Toronto’s waterfront!

What is The Bentway

 The Bentway Toronto waterfront

This new public space – previously called “Project Under Gardiner” – is going to span 1.75 km, and stretch from Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue. The Bentway will ultimately tie together seven neighbourhoods including Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, The Niagara Neighbourhood, Fort York Neighbourhood, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and CityPlace. It will also act as an access point to the waterfront as well as many other exciting attractions and destinations in Toronto.


 The Bentway Toronto waterfront

The initial idea to transform the underside of the Gardiner Expressway into a public space came into play around November 17, 2015. A public naming contest was launched in March 2016, and on June 6, 2016, “The Bentway” was revealed as the official winner – beating over 884 submissions. Now that it is named and construction is underway, The Bentway will be completed in phases, with the first phase expected to open on July 1, 2017.

What this means for Toronto

 The Bentway Toronto waterfront

In addition to the beautiful strip the Bentway is offering the city of Toronto, this new urban corridor will connect the community with a multi-use trail. This will allow for year-round access to activities and events like public gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, markets, art, exhibitions, festivals, special performances and much more. Needless to say, there’s so much in store for this city with the Bentway.

The Bentway Conservancy

 The Bentway Toronto waterfront

The not-for-profit organization behind the Bentway is called The Bentway Conservancy. They maintain, operate, provide administrative and operational leadership, and are responsible for mapping out a schedule of year-round events, activities and opportunities for residents, community members and visitors. They work in partnership with the City of Toronto, Fort York National Historic Site, the seven adjacent neighbouring communities and other stakeholders and partners across the City of Toronto.


 The Bentway Toronto waterfront

The Bentway is made possible by a range of city-builders and experts, including the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, the Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation, Ken Greenberg Consultants, PUBLIC WORK, Fort York National Historic Site and Artscape.

According to many recent surveys, Toronto ranks amongst the top places in the world for quality of living. The addition of such iconic projects to the city landscape, like The Bentway, will help the entire community continue to thrive, making Toronto a more desirable place to live, work and play.

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