Toronto has some top quality beaches, and they are, typically, fine to swim in. True, it’s hard to get your head around that, but water sanitation has come a hell of a long way since the old days. In fact, several of local spots have won the Blue Flag Award, an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches for high water quality, among other things. Convinced? Awesome. Now here are some beaches to go to:
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Probably the best for people watching, the boardwalk is great for meandering strolls and there are over 90 volleyball nets. It’s a 3km beach that stretches all the way to our local palace of Art Deco, the R.C. Harris Water Filtration plant. The water has been awarded swim-safe quality since 2005.
Created in 2010, this spot just looks good; with nice sand, lots of chairs, and the sail-in-cinema event means you can watch a movie from a screen on a boat in the harbour on select summer nights. There’s no lake access here, so this is just a beach for sitting.
Sunnyside is historic, a beach where Duke Ellington and Count Basie once played concerts. Between the 1920s and 1950s, it was the place to be. Now, cut off from the city by the Gardiner, it can be tough to get to and on top of that, the water quality isn’t the best, but it’s always an interesting area to explore and photograph.
This beach has some fine quality sand, and one of the steepest hills in the city.
Jack Darling Beaches and Waterfront
Although technically in Mississauga, the beach offers a beautiful view of the Toronto skyline. Also popular for windsurfs, kayaks and canoes.
No matter which beach you end up on when you head to the Toronto Islands, you’ll be fine. Hanlan’s point is great, but is also clothing optional, so be prepared to see that. Ward Island beach is relaxing and well-populated by the young and the cool. Centre Island beach has nice change rooms and the option to ride tandem bicycles around the whole place. Honestly, the Islands are a good bet.
All the way up in Picton, if you want to drive out of the city for a nice getaway this is just awesome. The world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation, hills of fine sand slope into the water, and it looks incredible. Also close to wineries.