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.

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

Project Leader Ilana Altman & David Carey

Latest News / The Bentway

Safe in Public Space / February 3, 2021

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