Toronto is home to 140 vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. You could throw a dart at a map of the city and explore a different area each weekend. AQUABELLA at Bayside, a luxury condominium by Hines and Tridel, enjoys a unique position along Queens Quay East, allowing residents easy access to some of Toronto’s most-loved neighbourhoods. From touring the Toronto Islands by bicycle, to eating your way through the St. Lawrence Market, to hunting for antiques in the Distillery District, there’s no shortage of things to do when you live in the south end.
Harbourfront offers the perfect mix of tranquility and activity. The sunrise over the lake is worth waking up early for, and the Waterfront Trail provides a scenic route for jogging, cycling or rollerblading. There are year-round festivals and performances, a contemporary art gallery that offers free admission and an urban beach that hosts a Sail-In Cinema under open skies.
The Distillery District is an Instagrammer’s paradise. The brick and beam buildings, which once churned out millions of gallons of whisky, are now occupied by restaurants, art galleries, design stores and clothing boutiques. Snap a picture in front of the love-lock installation or beneath the twinkling lights of the annual Christmas market.
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A visit to the St. Lawrence Market is an educational experience. Take a cooking class at the Market Kitchen or speak to knowledgeable vendors about their mouthwatering products. While you’re there, try the peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery — it’s been a fixture of the St. Lawrence market for over 30 years. If you happen to stop by on a Sunday, browse for one-of-a-kind finds at the Antique Market. Located in the North Market, these merchants sell everything from vinyl records to crystal chandeliers.
The Financial District is more than just a sea of suits. The Bay Street Corridor is Toronto’s go-to destination for upscale dining, posh nightclubs and of course, shopping. Celebrate a special occasion with the tasting menu at Canoe, or slurp up the perfect bowl of ramen at David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar. With the addition of Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, the Toronto CF Eaton Centre is now a luxury shopping destination. If you’re looking for a local watering hole, sample the specialty cocktails at Habitant on the second level of Nordstrom, or the extensive wine list at Drake One Fifty, an outpost of the ever-popular Drake Hotel.
The Toronto Islands are a summertime staple. Escaping the concrete jungle is as easy as hailing a water taxi or boarding a ferry to Centre Island, Hanlan’s Point or Ward’s Island. The Toronto Islands are car-free, so you’ll want to explore them by bicycle, canoe, pedal boat or kayak. Ride the mine coaster at Centreville Theme Park, plan a romantic picnic on Ward’s Island or go skinny dipping at Hanlan’s Point clothing optional beach — there’s so much to do, you’ll want to spend every summer weekend in the great outdoors.
Ready to make the move to Queens Quay? Sales have already begun at the AQUABELLA at Bayside presentation centre. The suites, which range from one to three bedrooms, are drenched in natural light and feature generous outdoor spaces with with views of the water, neighbouring parks and city skyline. The interiors are characterized by contemporary, full height flat panel kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite or quartz kitchen countertops, premium engineered plank laminate flooring and smooth ceilings. Prices start from $1.2 million.
The resort-style amenities will make you feel like you’re on vacation 365 days a year. There’s a seventh floor rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and indoor party room, plus a state-of-the-art fitness centre with yoga studios and a rejuvenating sauna. Screen your favourite film in the private theatre room, or catch up on email while you wait for a cab in one of AQUABELLA’s two distinctive lobbies.
Visit the AQUABELLA Presentation Centre at 261 Queen’s Quay East. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm and on weekends and holidays from noon to 6pm.
For more information, please call 416 514 2710 or visit tridel.com.