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Torontonians are lucky enough to take advantage of all the recreation and relaxation that our eastern waterfront has to offer. As Queens Quay East continues to undergo a cutting-edge transformation, residents of Empire Quay House can look forward to enriching their way of life with unlimited access to the neighbourhood’s crown jewel — Lake Ontario.


Read on to discover four reasons why Lake Ontario is Toronto’s most coveted amenity and how you can make the most out of living life by the water.

1. There are Endless Opportunities for Recreation and Entertainment

Whether you’re looking to hop in a canoe or kayak or try your hand at paddleboarding, living near Lake Ontario means never having to go far to enjoy water sports and activities. If arts and entertainment are more your speed, take in the schedule of festivals at Harbourfront Centre or enjoy live music at Toronto’s renowned Music Garden

2. Living Near the Water Enhances Quality of Life

Where we live greatly influences our lives both physically and mentally. As research has shown, living near the water is associated with many positive indicators of physical and mental wellbeing. Whether you’re soaking up some Vitamin D at Sugar Beach or heading out for your daily walk, jog, or cycle along the Martin Goodman Trail, residents of Empire Quay House can leave the hustle of the city behind and soak up all the benefits of lakeside living. 

3. Enjoy Dinner and Drinks With a View

The Queens Quay East neighborhood is jam-packed with some of the city’s best restaurants boasting picturesque views of Lake Ontario. Whether its drinks on the patio with friends or date night with your significant other there’s no shortage of lakeview restaurants, bars and breweries to enjoy alfresco. And while dining in may not be an option right now given the province’s current restrictions, you can still soak in the lake views by grabbing takeout and enjoying your meal by the water. 

4. Adventure is Near

While you can easily take in the views of Lake Ontario on land, there’s nothing quite like setting sail and spending some time out on the water. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the scenic Toronto skyline with a harbour tour, rent your own boat for the day or want to take date night to the next level with a dinner cruise, the options (and good times to be had) are endless. 

If you want to experience the best of lakeside living, visit Empire Quay House to learn more about the residence and our available floor plans.


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