July 23, 2010
Yes, you read that right…although most people come to Toronto for the excitement of a “City” vacation – blockbuster shows and events, world famous museums and attractions, more stores and restaurants than are imaginable – it’s important to know that we have some pretty awesome places to just lie down in the sand and soak up the sun as well. (Especially important since the temperatures have been in the ‘90s for the past 2 weeks!)
There are a number of beaches that are just a stone’s throw away from downtown…. three of the best can be found on the Toronto Islands, with (inexpensive and quick) ferry access available at the foot of Bay street: Centre Island has a sandy, family-friendly beach with change rooms, washrooms and a nearby snack bar (also known as Chelsea Beach, with transportation available from the Delta Chelsea Hotel as well); Ward’s Island is a bit more “residential, bordered by trees and greenery: and Ward’s Island is the City’s only “clothing optional” spot! Other “City” beaches include:
- Cherry Beach – at the foot of Cherry Street, by the port lands
- HTO Park – a truly “urban” beach at 339 Queens Quay West (nice sand, but you can’t go into the water)
- Sunnyside Beach – 1775 Lakeshore W, with its long, historic boardwalk
- Woodbine Beach – at the foot of Woodbine, a great place to play – or watch volleyball, then stroll along nearby Queen St. for boutique gazing and ice cream eating…
If you’re feeling more adventurous – and have a little more time, you can also take a day trip (or overnighter) to one of the real/real lovely waterfronts outside of the City:
- Long Point Provincial Park in Port Rowan (519-586-2133)
- Beaches of the township of Tiny (705-526-7884)
- Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton (613-393-3319)
- Sauble Beach in Owen Sound (519-422-1262)
- Wasaga Beach (705-429-2516)
All beautiful, and a heck of a lot closer than the Caribbean!
Don’t forget your sunscreen!