Friday Harbour

Location: Ontario, Canada
Project Categories: UrbanismCodes
Year Started: 2002
Size: 569 acres

Set on a partially-wooded, lakefront site, Big Bay Point is located in Innisfil, Ontario, about 60 kilometers northeast of Toronto. The design and vision for this resort community incorporates four main components: a mixed-use Marina Village of 172 acres, an Environmental Protection Zone preserving 209 acres of woodlands, a 188-acre golf course designed by Carrick & Associates, and a civic area on the southwest corner of the site. These components unite to form a single master plan, offering a picturesque contrast between the compact footprint of the marina village and the expanse of preserved open space.

The Marina Village will be an active urban waterfront, featuring a vibrant mix of residential, commercial and civic space. The lake’s edge serves as a focal point for the project, and the design of the marina itself drew inspiration from Port Grimand in southern France. A wide waterfront promenade curves along the lakefront, offering a gathering place for pedestrians and a place for visitors to enjoy the area’s scenery. The promenade is lined with mixed- use buildings fronting the lake, and is anchored by two waterfront plazas. In addition, two narrow islands, which are lined with townhouses and a boardwalk, extend into the lake itself, offering residents scenic, waterfront accommodation and direct interaction with the boats of the marina.

Aerial view of the marina. View along a canal. The masterplan for Big Bay Point. View of the drive along the edge of the preserve. View along the waterfront promenade. View of the marina from the water. View along the marina. View of the hotel from the water. View of a residential street.

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