Palace Pier Court Headland Maintenance Project

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is undertaking the Palace Pier Court Headland Maintenance Project in order to protect against the hazards of shoreline erosion and address public safety concerns. 

Project Location

The project area is located at the base of Palace Pier Court, near Humber Bay Shores Park along the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Etobicoke, City of Toronto. The area of concern includes an armourstone revetment and a gravel trail located along the shoreline.

Project location and area of concern, including the armourstone revetment and trail at the base of Palace Pier Court. Source: TRCA, 2020.

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Project Background

Aerial view of the headland at Palace Pier Court during construction of the viewing area, prior to the damage caused by the April 14-15, 2018 windstorm event. Source: TRCA, 2017.

The armourstone headland and adjacent gravel trail were heavily damaged during the April 14-15, 2018 windstorm event. High winds and strong waves caused shifting and displacement of armourstone material as well as washout of the adjacent gravel trail. Since this storm, site conditions have continued to deteriorate due to ice buildup during the winter months and record high Lake Ontario water levels in 2019.

Current condition of the armourstone revetment and gravel trail: rip rap and loose material washed ashore and over the trail. Source: TRCA, 2019.
Material displacement and backshore erosion. Source: TRCA, 2019.

In 2019, TRCA retained GHD Limited to develop detailed designs for repair of the headland and trail in order to address ongoing erosion concerns and restore the shoreline to a state of good repair.

The design includes reconstructing the shoreline erosion control structure using both existing and new stone material and rebuilding the gravel trail. This work will provide greater protection to the trail and upland areas, providing long-term erosion control and reducing the risk to public safety.

Scope of Work

The scope of work for this project includes the following components:

  • Site preparation, including installation of sediment and erosion control measures and construction fencing
  • Removal of existing stone material along the shoreline
  • Installation of a new armourstone revetment
  • Installation of a new reinforced gravel trail
  • Site restoration, including tree and shrub plantings

Construction Information

Construction is scheduled to start in late October 2020, pending the receipt of all required permits and approvals. The works are anticipated to be complete by March 2021. Final restoration works, including site seeding and planting, will take place in spring 2021 as weather conditions allow.

Please note that construction equipment will need to cross the multi-use trail at the designated equipment crossing point on the map below to access the work area and transport material. The multi-use trail will remain open for public use; however, when equipment is crossing the trail, Traffic Control Persons will be on-site to stop all pedestrian and cyclist traffic on the trail path indicated in orange. Extended duration closures of the orange pathway may occur during periods of frequent equipment crossings to ensure public safety. If an extended trail closure occurs, the closure will be clearly notified to trail users and detour routes will be provided. The trail crossing will remain open with no traffic disruptions on evenings and weekends. Please refer to the map below for more details regarding trail closures and recommended detour routes.

For your safety, please respect all posted construction signs and stay clear of the work area and equipment. Your cooperation and patience with this undertaking is appreciated.

Notice of construction map indicating work area, trail closures, and detour routes for the Palace Pier Court Headland Maintenance Project

Public Notices

Notice of Construction signs will be placed at applicable park entrances and along affected trail routes. Notice of Construction letters will be circulated to members of the local community prior to construction. Please see below for the Notice of Construction signage and letter.

Palace Pier Court – Notice of Construction Signage

Palace Pier Court – Notice of Construction Letter

Project Updates

Please refer to this section for updates as the project progresses.

Contact Us

The Planning Team is located at TRCA’s Boyd Field Centre in Vaughan:
Restoration and Infrastructure Division, Engineering Projects
9755 Canada Company Avenue
Vaughan, Ontario
L4H 0A3

For more information regarding this project, please contact:
Rebecca Salvatore, Project Manager
Engineering Projects
Restoration & Infrastructure Division
(416) 560-1823