The Gardiner was built to connect us.

The Gardiner Expressway is a defining feature of Toronto’s landscape. As the City of Toronto works to rehabilitate the elevated expressway and bring new life to surrounding communities, there is an opportunity to reimagine how this piece of infrastructure can connect, perform, and inspire.

In partnership with the City of Toronto, The Bentway Conservancy is developing the Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan (PRP) to outline how the spaces under the Expressway can better serve our city. Assembling the Under Gardiner PRP is an inclusive process, involving multiple municipal and private stakeholders, and the public.


Under Gardiner Public Realm Plan

As Toronto continues to grow and the waterfront supports new residential, commercial, and cultural activities, the Under Gardiner spaces must be recognized as a vital part of the city’s evolving public realm. The Under Gardiner PRP will provide guidance for spaces under, and adjacent to, the Gardiner Expressway’s central elevated section between Dufferin Street and Yonge Street, as well as high-level recommendations for the eastern section between Yonge Street and the Don Valley Parkway.

An Evolving City

The Gardiner Expressway is, and will remain, a major artery for the City of Toronto. Learn more about the structure’s layered histories and recent site-specific projects that allow us to see its possibilities anew.



Express yourself

Share your experiences, thoughts, and ideas about the spaces under the Gardiner Expressway. Tell us what you would like to protect and what you would like to see change. Find out how to participate in this public realm consultation process – this space is for you.