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THE BIG PICTURE Inspired, award-winning architecture. Smart, creative interiors. Expansive green spaces. And all just minutes from the downtown core. Winner of BILD’s Best Design Award, River City is designed for excellent liveability and maximum sustainability: it is the neighbourhood for the 21st century

River City is a four-phase, LEED Gold community of over 1,100 loft-style condominiums and family-friendly town homes with street-level restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Spanning the area from King Street East to the new Don River Park, and from the Don River to River Street,

it’s the first stage of the carefully planned West Don Lands neighbourhood, and a key starting point for Toronto’s much-anticipated waterfront redevelopment. It will tie Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest communities, to the Distillery District, and complete the collection of vibrant neighbourhoods that connect the east end of the city to the downtown core.

View of River City across from the Don River


Minutes from the downtown core, River City is at the centre of
some of Toronto’s most eclectic historic districts.


Corktown is one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, its name derived from its origins in the early 1800s as an ethnic Irish enclave. Two churches dominate the area: the Italianate St Paul’s Basilica, built in 1889 and the home of Toronto’s oldest Catholic congregation, and Little Trinity Church, built in 1843. Today Corktown is a thriving neighbourhood, with new boutiques and restaurants appearing amidst the area’s original cottages and row-houses.



Six thousand residences. Restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores. Offices, schools and child care centres. Artful public spaces and acres of green parkland. There's a beautiful neighbourhood rising from the empty fields of the West Don Lands’ industrial past. But it has taken tremendous vision to break ground on this underused parcel of land.

In 2006 things changed. The province put the West Don Lands into the hands of Waterfront Toronto. They developed definitive plans, public funds were set, and development began. Now the area is experiencing an exciting renaissance, and massive steps towards redevelopment have been made. A flood protection landform has been built to protect the area from Don River flooding. Don River Park and the highly innovative Underpass Park are complete.

It’s an exciting time to be living in Toronto - a whole new section of the city is opening up. And it’s going to be amazing.


Imagine being able to walk out your front door and into the city’s most spectacular urban park. The 18-acre Don River Park is a lush urban retreat of rolling hills, native woodlands and open lawns – and River City is situated right beside it. Perfect for running, walking, cycling and just hanging out, it’s a beautiful setting for city living.


It was once a dark empty scar running through the north leg of Toronto’s West Don Lands district, but today Waterfront Toronto’s “Underpass Park” is an urban gem under the Richmond Adelaide ramps. Connecting the north and south portions of River City (and the bulk of the West Don Lands with the Corktown community to the north), this $5 million urban park by Vancouver-based Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg with Planning Partnership of Toronto is the most extensive park ever built under an overpass in Canada, and the first ever in Toronto.


Urban Capital, the developer of River City, is an innovator with a solid reputation for architectural design and environmental sustainability. Working in partnership with the best architects, designers and planners, the company is widely recognized for its role as an urban regenerator and a pioneer of developments in previously industrial or underused areas.

After an extensive public competition that included 18 Canadian and international developers, Urban Capital won the right to develop River City as Waterfront Toronto’s first private sector residential development partner. Their focus on design and sustainability was ultimately the deciding factor; today they are a key player in the dramatic transformation of the West Don Lands into a beautiful, central, sought-after neighbourhood.


Boutique 2011


Trinity Bellwoods Town+Homes 2013


Tableau, est 2015


Smarthouse, est 2017


Central One 2012


Mondrian 2011


East Market 2008


Hideaway, est 2014 (Phase 2) and 2015 (Phase 3)


McGill Ouest 2008


Glasshouse, est 2016


Southport, est 2016


Winner of eight Governor General's Medals in Architecture and awarded "Best Firm in Canada" by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2009, Saucier­­­­­+Perrotte is seen by many as quite simply Canada's premier architectural design firm.

S+P's architecture is a sculptural evocation of landscape, resulting in created forms that defy characterization, forms that are inspired by our surrounding topographies but nevertheless unrecognized in our daily existence.

Urban Capital has brought Saucier+Perrotte's unique style and language to River City in order to create a new residential community unlike any other in Toronto.

Schulich School of Music Building, McGill University, Montreal, Québec

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver

Perimeter Institute for Theorectical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario

Schulich School of Music Building, McGill University, Montreal, Québec

Schulich School of Music Building, McGill University, Montreal, Québec

Gerald-Godin College, Ste-Genèviere, Quebec



Toronto-based ZAS Architects is River City’s architect of record. The firm is known for its good city building practices and emphasis on sustainable architecture. With offices in Toronto and the Middle East, it has an extensive portfolio of residential, commercial and institutional work in Canada and abroad.

Hershey Centre Sport Zone, Mississauga, Ontario



Claude Cormier has built an internationally recognized office in Montréal that calls itself a “Landscape Architecture – Urban Design” firm. His practice extends far beyond the conventional realm of traditional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art and architecture, resulting in such wonderful urban spaces as Sugar Beach and HTO Park in Toronto, and Place d'Youville, Tom and Pink Balls in Montreal

Place d'Youville, Tom and Pink Balls in Montreal

Sugar Beach and HTO Park in Toronto

Victorian Courtyard and Rose Garden - Four Seasons Hotel and Residences

Esplanade at the Montreal Convention Centre

place D'Youville - Old Montreal


River City will be Toronto's first LEED GOLD, CARBON NEUTRAL residential development, based on four key actions:

  • Reduce as much as possible what it takes to build and then live in River City
  • Create healthy living environments
  • Reduce as much as possible what we actually throw back into the environment
  • Offset any remaining impacts so River City is carbon neutral overall.


Reduce as much as possible what it takes to build and then live in our buildings:

  • River City represents “smart growth” development on a dense urban site, close to public transit, using existing municipal infrastructure
  • A hybrid car share program will be available to all residents, reducing the need for individual cars
  • Overall energy usage will be significantly reduced by using an energy efficient building envelope and lighting, high-efficiency boilers and chillers, Energy Star appliances, and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) that recover heat typically exhausted from suites
  • All units will be individually metered for electricity, heating/cooling and water usage
  • Units will contain dual flush toilets and water efficient faucets and showerheads, as well as sustainable hardwood flooring and other finishing materials
  • Full building life-cycle commissioning and a comprehensive education and training program will be put in place, ensuring optimal equipment performance and resident “buy-in” of the sustainability features


Create a healthy living environment in the spaces we build:

  • ERVs have the added benefit of bringing in fresh air directly from the outdoors, rather than through the corridors, as is typically the case in non-LEED® buildings
  • Units will be finished with low “off-gassing” materials such as formaldehyde-free flooring, low-emitting paints and coatings, and water-based adhesives and sealants

Reduce what our buildings put into the environment.

  • Urban Capital has committed to offsetting the approximately 15,000 tonnes of carbon created as a result of both the construction and first year operation of River City’s first two phases. After an extensive Request for Proposals process, Urban Capital is pleased to announce that it has chosen to support the New Laos Stove Project in Cambodia, developed by French NGO Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarité (GERES).
  • At 1.22% per annum, the rate of forest degradation in Cambodia is one of the highest in the world. With 80% of its population relying on wood and charcoal for their daily cooking needs, many provinces are increasingly unable to independently sustain their natural wood resources.


Reduce what our buildings put into the environment.

  • The traditional Cambodian way of cooking utilizes large amounts of wood and charcoal. From the physical act of collecting the wood to the economic loss of buying charcoal, along with the indoor air pollution the smoke can cause, traditional stoves can have a significant negative impact on the lives on its users. In addition, the burning of wood and charcoal in traditional stoves leads to the release of significant amounts of carbon.
  • Created in 1999, the New Laos Stove is an alternative to traditional cooking stoves, requiring through design innovation 20% less wood and charcoal for use. Since it’s inception, 2.5 million stoves have been distributed, leading to the reduction of over 1.8 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions between 2003 and 2012 alone.
  • River City’s contribution of over $40,000 to the New Loas Stove Project will help to fund this project and contribute to its expansion across a larger base of end-users. By promoting the ongoing support of the Cambodian people, along with protecting its forest ecosystems and biodiversity, involvement in this life-changing project is something every owner at River City can feel proud of.

    Offset any remaining impacts so that our overall development is carbon neutral:

    • Climate change is the most significant environmental risk to the future of our planet. In order to combat this risk, action is needed to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and other practices that release greenhouse gasses into the environment and cause our climate to deteriorate.
    • River City is at the vanguard of our society’s response to the climate change phenomenon. In designing this development we have taken significant steps to reduce our “carbon footprint” right from the start. However, it is currently impossible to fully eliminate carbon generation in any building, so our aim is to offset remaining impacts to achieve a development that is “carbon neutral."

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