HTO - Urban Beach

The first urban beach along Toronto’s waterfront, HtO re-introduces the city to the water’s edge as the area transforms from an industrial to a residential neighborhood. Steps from the downtown core, tall yellow umbrellas stand on a sandy beach edged by playful green dunes, creating a space that captures the imagination of both adults and children.  HtO has become an iconic destination for tourists and residents alike, and has acted as a catalyst for other development across Toronto’s waterfront.

City of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Design Team

Janet Rosenberg & Studio
Claude Cormier Architects
Hariri Pontarini Architects


Nature Spaces Award, 47th International Making Cities Livable
Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects
Regional Honour, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Gold Award, Design Exchange

Photography Credit: Neil Fox, Jan Becker