While Toronto may not seem like your typical beach destination, as the temperature rises, there’s definitely no shortage of sun, sand and surf. Situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s shoreline is peppered with a variety of sandy beaches, each with their own unique atmosphere. In fact, the city even boasts a community that’s fondly known as The Beaches. So whether you’re living in the downtown Toronto core or a suburban area in your furnished apartment, pack your sunscreen, towel and swimsuit and check out one of these must-see destinations.
Bluffer’s Park (1 Brimley Road South, Scarborough)
Featuring a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario against the rugged backdrop of the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffer’s Park Beach is a natural haven for picnicking with family and friends or enjoying a quite dinner at Bluffer’s Restaurant. Remember to bring your hiking shoes if you’re up to exploring this geographical diverse area.
HOW TO GET THERE: Travel South on Brimley Road. The area is pedestrian friendly but public parking is available.
Kew & Balmy Beach (2075 Queen Street East)
One warm weekends, this eastern beach location is heavily populated with a mix of locals and suburbanites who descend on Toronto’s infamous community known as The Beaches. From swimming and beach volleyball to picnicking and playgrounds, this kid-friendly location is ideal for young families. Want a break from the sun and sand? Take a stroll up Lee or Kenilworth Avenue and browse the local shops or tuck into a local eatery for a quick bite.
HOT TO GET THERE: Street parking is at a premium, making streetcar transit the way to go (501 Queen Street) to Kenilworth and walk south towards the beach.
Lake Front Promenade (800 Lakefront Promenade Mississauga)
Combining beach and parkland the Lakefront Promenade is a summertime retreat that’s got plenty of activity. From playgrounds that feature splash pads to recreational sailing and boating, this area is also home to an abundance of wildlife.
HOW TO GET THERE: Traveling along the Lakeshore where public parking is available.
Even if you’re stay in your furnished suite in Toronto isn’t a vacation, you can still make the weekends feel like a getaway by getting out and exploring your local beach community. Who knew that summer in the city offered all the fun of a beach destination? Well, we did and now so do you!