Getting to Harbourfront Centre

Most events presented by the Toronto International Festival of Authors take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario). For venue information, please refer to the details located on the event’s webpage.



Head southbound on the Yonge-University Line to Union Station.


509 Harbourfront streetcars run between Union and Exhibition.

Exit your streetcar at the Harbourfront Centre stop.

Use the TTC Trip Planner, here.


Underground parking is available on-site at 235 Queens Quay West, or above-ground one block west at Rees Street and Queens Quay West.

Motorists exiting from the new off-ramp MAY make a right turn and travel south on Lower Simcoe Street.

There is NO TURN on Lake Shore Boulevard for travel south on Lower Simcoe Street.

Motorists travelling WESTBOUND on Queens Quay West MAY make a left turn at Lower Simcoe Street into our site. Please note the advance left turn signal light.

Motorists travelling EASTBOUND on Queens Quay West MAY NOT make a right turn into our site.


Ride the Martin Goodman Trail or take any street between Bathurst and Parliament traveling south to Queens Quay West and bike along the water for the most scenic route. Bike parking is available.


Head South down York Street from Union Station. Take a right on Queens Quay West for about two minutes and Harbourfront Centre will be on your left at 235 Queens Quay West. Or The PATH provides a direct route south to Queens Quay West.


Visiting Harbourfront Centre by boat during the summer is easy! All docking areas can be accessed through either the western or eastern channel. Upon entry into the Toronto Inner Harbour, head for the north shore.

Visit Harbourfront Centre’s Marine page for contact information.

2024 MOTIVE Festival Map (click for larger image):

Harbourfront Centre Accessibility

The Toronto International Festival of Authors is committed to providing a welcoming, accessible and inclusive experience for all authors, artists, staff, volunteers and visitors. Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) are foundational values in all that we offer. To be inclusive and accessible ensures everyone is imagined in the presentation of and engagement with our cultural offerings. We continue to listen and learn how we can better create a place of belonging and serve all our communities’ needs. 

For information and contact details regarding accessibility at Harbourfront Centre, please click here.

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