Restoring a floodplain to revitalize Toronto’s old industrial port lands

Toronto‘s Port Lands, at about 356 hectares (880 acres), is roughly the same size as downtown Toronto.

An extensive, underutilized area on the eastern waterfront, the Port Lands presents an unprecedented opportunity for redevelopment.

Waterfront Toronto, working with the government and community partners, has developed a plan to transform this massive brownfield site to include new mixed-use communities with beautiful parks and natural habitats.

But there’s a catch: the Port Lands are located at the foot of the Don River, which comes to an abrupt end and is forced to take a sharp turn when it reaches the harbour. Water doesn’t naturally flow this way and, as a result, the Port Lands and other areas nearby are at risk of flooding.

To make this vision for revitalization possible, we must first restore the mouth of the Don River to a more natural state and channel flood waters safely into Lake Ontario.

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