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9 of 11 Beaches Open This Weekend

June 7, 2015

Life's a beach in Toronto: A look at the city's 11 beaches

The summer beach season kicks off this weekend with 9 of Toronto's 11 beaches opening with lifeguards on duty

Bluffer's Beach Park in Scarborough.

PAWEL DWULIT / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

Bluffer's Beach Park in Scarborough.

In Toronto, life’s a beach.

From Marie Curtis Park Beach on the border to Mississauga, to Rouge Beach in Scarborough’s east end, the city’s entire waterfront is dotted with sandy shores and picturesque parkland.

And, with 9 Toronto beaches opening this weekend, there is ample opportunity for a waterfront escape – whether you’re seeking swimming, cycling, kiteboarding, or sunbathing in the nude.

Bluffer’s Beach

Address: 1 Brimley Rd. South

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label? Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Stressed-out city dwellers

A journey to this Scarborough beach starts with a spectacular hillside view and ends with blissful escapism, where the noise of Toronto traffic is quickly blocked by the bluffs. “There’s just something about coming down that hill,” says Michelle Mears, a Scarborough resident who works at Bluffer’s Park Marina. Unlike busier waterfront hotspots, Mears says Bluffer’s Beach offers real “serenity and zen.”

 

Centre Island Beach

Address: Via the ferry docks at 9 Queens Quay West, to Centre Island ferry dock

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Family fun-seekers

Family fun is just a ferry ride away at this Toronto Island beach. A rock breakwater keeps children safe by blocking the waves and ensuring kids can’t venture into the open waters, according to Friends of Toronto Islands. The beach is also close to Centreville Amusement Park — featuring an antique ferris wheel and carousel — and Far Enough Farm, where llamas, pigs, alpacas and emus live side-by-side.

 

Cherry Beach

Address: 1 Cherry St.

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Downtown dog lovers

Cherry Beach is a popular summer spot with plenty of parking, seasonal TTC access and kiteboarding opportunities. But downtown dog owners, take note: Four-legged beachgoers used to spending time in cramped condos might find it most appealing thanks to a designated off-leash dog park along the beach’s western edge.

 

Gibraltar Point Beach

Address: Via the ferry docks at 9 Queens Quay West, to either Centre Island or Hanlan’s Point ferry dock

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Aspiring artists

This beautiful Toronto Island beach is a “little bit off people’s radar,” says Danielle Flawn, event and sales coordinator with Artscape’s Gibraltar Point location. Over a thousand artists have rented studio space at this cultural hub since 1999, meaning there’s a constant carousel of creative minds dwelling by the beach. It’s not a public building, Flawn notes, but the non-profit does host art and music festivals, and offers workshops and studio tours.

 

Hanlan’s Point Beach

Address: Via the ferry docks at 9 Queens Quay West, to Hanlan’s Point ferry dock

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Wannabe nudists

Skin is in at Hanlan’s Point Beach, which officially gained clothing-optional status in 2002 after decades as a retreat for those hoping to ditch their skivvies on the sand. Nudity aside, it’s also a tranquil spot for an island getaway. “It’s really just people relaxing and trying to enjoy their day,” a Hanlan’s Point lifeguard once told the Star.

 

Kew-Balmy Beach

Address: 2075 Queen St. East

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: History buffs

Over a century old, this beach in the city’s east end is rich with history. Gone are the amusement parks of decades past, but the iconic boardwalk remains a fixture since its opening in 1932. It’s a “family-friendly” destination, says Jasmine Pazzano, who lives just five minutes away. “The routine for me is to just get an ice cream and sit on a bench by (Kew-Balmy) beach,” she says.

 

Sunnyside Beach

Address: 1755 Lakeshore Blvd. West

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: No

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Cycling aficionados

Cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers have easy access to this beach thanks to a picturesque stretch of the Martin Goodman Trail – a 56km waterfront cycling and inline skating path named after the former President and Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Star. (More daring BMXers also have a short cycle to the nearby Sunnyside Bike Park.)

 

Ward’s Island Beach

Address: Via the ferry docks at 9 Queens Quay West, to Ward’s Island ferry dock

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Busy beach avoiders

While this Toronto Island beach has grown in popularity in recent years, it’s smaller and quieter than most others, says lifelong island resident Alexei Smith. “It’s kind of like a hidden treasure,” he says. The vibe is more personal, but Ward’s Island Beach still offers classic summer fun like volleyball and paddle boarding.

 

Woodbine Beaches

Address: 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. East

Opens with lifeguards: June 6

Blue Flag eco-label: Yes

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Basic beachgoers

This east-end spot has all the hallmarks of a classic beach. “Woodbine Beach is where all the volleyball is, and where you have this big, big beach that’s grown in the last 20 years – you get a lot of sunbathers,” says Bob Hedley, commodore of the nearbyAshbridge’s Bay Yacht Club and a resident of the Beaches neighbourhood since 1984. With local sailing and boating clubs and nearby canoeing and paddling, “the water is just so active here in the summertime now,” he says.

 

Marie Curtis Park Beach

Address: 2 Forty-Second St.

Opens with lifeguards: June 19

Blue Flag eco-label: No

Safe to swim? Yes

Who should go: Far-west enders

Toronto’s most westerly beach borders Mississauga, giving residents of both cities a chance to experience its upgraded aesthetics – the outcome of revitalization efforts launched in 2010. Marie Curtis Park now features beach volleyball, a boardwalk, off-leash dog park, and a new playground.

 

Rouge Beach

Address: 195 Rouge Hills Dr.

Opens with lifeguards: June 23

Blue Flag ego-label: No

Safe to swim? Unclear

Who should go: Woodsy wanderers

Hiking boots – not flip-flops – are preferably in certain parts of Rouge Beach, the city’s most easterly beach offering. Its marshes offer both canoeing and a view of wetland wildlife, while the Rogue River features fishing until dusk. “One of the best attributes of the beach is that it’s such an expansive view of the lake,” says Mike Bender, general manager at Rogue Park. “You don’t see any urban development at all.”

 


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