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bayside development

Located directly on Toronto’s inner harbour, Bayside will become one of Toronto’s next great neighbourhoods.

The Bayside development site, located south of Queens Quay between Sherbourne Common in the west and the Parliament Slip in the east, is Waterfront Toronto's largest private sector development project to date. Led by Hines, one of the world’s premier real estate firms, Bayside will transform an underutilized, industrial area into an active and diverse mixed-use community and thriving waterfront destination.


Hines’ plans for Bayside will deliver a vibrant, sustainable new neighbourhood built on a human scale, with mews and small streets that promote a sense of closeness and community all year round. The neighbourhood’s main street — Merchants' Wharf — will draw visitors from across the city and will provide connections to neighbouring public spaces, including Sherbourne Common, Queens Quay linear park, the Water’s Edge Promenade and future Parliament WaveDeck.


Known for its design focus and longstanding commitment to sustainability, Waterfront Toronto selected Hines as the developer of the Bayside site. As the world's largest privately held real estate firm, Hines has the breadth of experience, network of expertise and financial strength required to ensure the timely development of this large and complex waterfront site.


aqualina at bayside Toronto


Hines has selected Tridel, one of Canada’s leading condominium developers, as its exclusive residential partner for Bayside. Plans for the first new residential building, Aqualina, are underway. Located on the east side of Sherbourne Common, and designed by world renowned architects, Arquitectonica, the building will be defined by a series of distinctive cubes made of glass and steel with angled windows and balconies to maximize views of the skyline and lake. The 13-storey, 363 unit condominium will also target a LEED® Platinum designation.


Landscape design for Bayside, including Aqualina, will be led by West 8 + DTAH, the award-winning team responsible for East Bayfront’s water’s edge promenade and the design for the revitalization of Queens Quay. Learn more and register for updates.

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selecting a master developer for bayside


To select a private sector development partner for Bayside, Waterfront Toronto followed the same detailed two stage Request for Qualifications (RFQ)/Request for Proposals (RFP) process used to select Urban Capital for the River City project in the West Don Lands and Great Gulf Group of Companies for the Parkside development site in East Bayfront.


The RFQ was launched in March 2008 and promoted broadly to draw the highest calibre private sector developers from around the world. RFP submissions from the four shortlisted candidates were received in November 2009.


Submissions were reviewed based on a set of criteria stemming from Waterfront Toronto’s long term policy objectives and overall vision for East Bayfront. The criteria included both financial and city building measures such as vision, design and development concept and sustainability plan.


Learn more about the selection process.


a leader in sustainable development


Sustainable development is not new to Hines. With a 53 year track record for energy efficiency and innovation, sustainable development is an integral part of the Hines model. In line with the firm’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, Hines has been a leader in the growth of the LEED program since its inception and in other sustainability initiatives such as the ENERGY STAR® program.


In addition to meeting or exceeding Waterfront Toronto’s Mandatory Green Building Requirements, Hines is planning a number of strategic green programs for Bayside, including the implementation of the Hines GREEN OFFICE Tenant Program, which enhances the sustainable features and operations of employer spaces in commercial buildings. The firm has also proposed the creation of an ENERGY STAR® pilot program for commercial construction, which would see Hines partner with Natural Resources Canada to expand the Canadian Building Standard for single-family residential construction into commercial development.


Currently the only high-rise office building in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum is Hines' Eight Avenue Place.  Hines will bring this kind of environmental leadership to Bayside.

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project status

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quick facts

Boundaries: Queens Quay East to the north, Parliament Slip to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and Sherbourne Common to the west.



5.3 hectares (13 acres)
1,800 residences


Master Developer: Hines


Residential Development Partner: Tridel


Master Plan Design Team: Pelli Clarke Pelli; Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects; and Adamson Associates


Aqualina Design Team: Arquitectonica; II BY IV Design Associates


Landscape Architect: West 8 + DTAH


Development Space: 190,000 square metres (approximately 2 million square feet) of residential, employment, cultural and commercial space


Proximity: 1.5 km from Toronto’s downtown


Value of development: $910 million


Total economic activity: approx. $1.6 billion in economic output; 1,400 jobs


animated flythrough

Animated video that will show what Bayside will look like

unveiling plans for bayside

A short informational video from the Bayside announcement.

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