Toronto is known for its scenic skyline, especially when viewed from the islands across the water. It’s also a view that many visitors see when they sail into our Cruise Ship Terminal. That’s right, Toronto is home to a Cruise Ship Terminal, and it is expecting a record-breaking season this year.

According to Port of Toronto, cruising returned to the Great Lakes in 2022, seeing its best year with a 13% increase in ship visits. Last year, 41 cruise ships docked in Toronto, carrying over 12,000 passengers into the city.

And that number is expected to increase this year.

“The year 2023 will bring another record-breaking cruise ship season, with 54 ships expected to call between May and October, bringing more than 17,000 passengers to Toronto to enjoy all the city has to offer,” states Port of Toronto.

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Perhaps Toronto’s port is better known for moving cargo, as it moved over 2.3 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2022, its highest recorded cargo levels in 18 years.

According to Port of Toronto, “this record year in marine imports and cruise ship activity highlights the important role the port plays in Toronto’s economic infrastructure for both tourism and trade.”

Last year, a total of 191 ships stopped in our port, delivering “a range of bulk, project and general cargo products totalling 2,346,724 metric tonnes – an 18-year high.”

And besides its role with cruise ships and cargo, the Port also supports Toronto’s film industry, as it provides a production hub for places like Cinespace and Netflix.

“In 2022, PortsToronto and Cinespace Studios announced plans to develop a new studio facility in the Port of Toronto’s Marine Terminal 52 that will support Toronto’s vibrant film and television industry for years to come,” it says.