The 4-hectare not-for-profit Harbourfront Centre exists to educate and entertain Toronto's community through a variety of year-round events, including Sunday family events and free outdoor summer concerts in the Toronto Music Garden and on the Concert Stage. There's also a lakeside ice-skating rink where you can slice up the winter ice. Don't miss the free galleries, including the Photo Passage and the functioning Craft Studio. Arriving at Ontario Square from Queens Quay, head to Canada Square with its dawn redwood trees, peering across Lake Ontario.

A fifteen-minute walk west, delicately strung along the western harborfront, the Toronto Music Garden was designed in collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It expresses Bach's Suite No 1 for Unaccompanied Cello through landscape, with an arc-shaped grove of conifers, a swirling path through a wildflower meadow and a grass-stepped amphitheater where free concerts are held.