Lake Ontario Waterfront


Help Us update the GREEN BOATING GUIDE!

Send us your feedback and enter the photo contest for our new and improved Green Boating Guide!


power boat on lake
boats docked at marina on Toronto waterfront
power boat at marina

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is updating its 2017 Green Boating Guide, a resource on best practices for environmentally-friendly boating. You can contribute to the new and improved guide in two ways:

  1. Let us know how this guide can be improved and updated to provide greater benefit to the boating community. SUBMIT YOUR FEEDBACK NOW.
  2. Send in your best boating photographs for a chance to have your image published in the guide and win prizes. ENTER THE CONTEST NOW.

Your input, as a user of the Lake Ontario waterfront, is greatly appreciated and will contribute to the success of the new guide, which will be distributed to hundreds of local boaters in summer 2020.





While the special notice of caution for Scarborough Bluffs is no longer in effect, all signage must be obeyed. The public is not permitted in areas that are not explicitly designated as public access areas.


Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has jurisdiction over 72 kilometres of Lake Ontario waterfront. We are committed to preserving and enhancing the health and beauty of this entire shoreline.

TRCA’s area of jurisdiction on the waterfront extends from the City of Toronto/City of Mississauga border in the west to the Town of Ajax/Town of Whitby border in the east.

Across this shoreline, nine watersheds drain into Lake Ontario: Etobicoke Creek, Mimico Creek, Humber River, Don River, Highland Creek, Rouge River, Duffins Creek, Petticoat Creek, and Carruthers Creek.

mouth of Mimico Creek
The mouth of Mimico Creek.

The sediment that makes up the Toronto Region shoreline is generally a mixture of sands, silts, clays, tills, and gravels, all of which are highly erodible. As a result, the shoreline has been — and continues to be — modified by wave action, ground water conditions, wind erosion and numerous other factors. Serious loss of property and threats to homes, roads and services can and have occurred as a result of these processes.

TRCA works to maintain shoreline protection and restore terrestrial and aquatic habit along the shoreline,  while providing recreational opportunities through the design and construction of waterfront parks. Integrated shoreline management is essential to efforts to achieve a waterfront that is clean, green, accessible, diverse and attractive.