The Bentway is a new public space that transforms Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a gathering place for the city’s growing population.

The initial phase knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront and providing access to important attractions and destinations. The Bentway offers year-round activities and events, including a skate trail, recreational amenities, public art, festivals, live performances, and more.

The Bentway follows the original shoreline of Lake Ontario, when it was an important junction for trade, and a hunting and a gathering place for Indigenous peoples. The site is located on the Treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, and is the traditional territory of the Haundenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and many other Indigenous nations. The first phase of The Bentway is located on lands that are part of Fort York National Historic Site, recognized by the Government of Canada as being of national significance.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Highway
Status Open / Ongoing
Opening 2018
Size 10 acres, 1.2 miles
Design Team PUBLIC WORK, Greenberg Consultants, Inc.
Management

Managed by the Bentway Conservancy in partnership with the City of Toronto

Project Leader Ilana Altman & David Carey

Latest News / The Bentway

The Toronto Star / October 20, 2020

As we reimagine public spaces amid COVID-19 how do we make them more inclusive? Toronto’s Bentway asked artists and activists

Cities around the world have reimagined public space throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help residents get moments of exercise, fresh air and some sort of distanced social interaction. In Toronto, entire roads were closed to make way for cyclists and joggers as part of ActiveTO. Its sister program, CafeTO also closed roads so that restaurants could extend outdoor patios in lieu of indoor dining. Circles were painted on the grounds of Trinity Bellwoods park so that people could still gather while physical distancing.

The Toronto Star / September 9, 2019

Have you seen the full moon under the Gardiner? Get ready to sing to it with Choir! Choir! Choir!

U.K. artist Luke Jerram’s The Museum of the Moon will arrive at the Bentway, the 1.75-kilometre public space and outdoor gallery located underneath the Gardiner Expressway. The Museum of the Moon is a giant balloon, seven metres in diameter, built to 1:500,000 scale using NASA imagery, illuminated from the inside to provide an up-close view of the Moon’s rocky craters, dead volcanic cones and lava flows.