Top 5 Beaches in Toronto

What is summer in #the6ix without some time on one of the many beaches around the city? Whether you’re a die hard Toronto Islands fan, or you prefer Woodbine beach, there’s a beach for you!

Here’s a list of the top beaches in Toronto:

Woodbine / Kew / Balmy beaches

Woodbine Beach Toronto

Volleyball at Woodbine Beach. Photo by scott3eh.

Although technically different beaches, these three are grouped together based on their close proximity. Woodbine is the city’s best spot for beach volleyball and people watching. Kew takes some of the overflow and rewards those looking for a more serene experience, while Balmy is the quietest of the three, and thus ideal for those seeking seclusion.

Hanlan’s Point

Hanlan's Point

Toronto’s only nude beach — Hanlan’s Point. Photo by karin!

Notorious for its clothing optional area, Hanlan’s Point also has a side for the less adventurous, even if it’s generally far less populated than its nude-friendly neighbour (only the second of its kind in Canada). This is surely the most fun beach in Toronto.

Sunnyside

Sunnyside Beach Toronto

People have flocked to Sunnyside to swim for well over a century. Photo by Deep-Fried Goodness.

Not the best beach when it comes to water quality, Sunnyside is nevertheless deemed safe to swim most of the time. Perhaps due to the proximity of Gus Ryder pool, the beach itself never seems to get altogether that packed (and certainly not like it used to), so it’s a good spot to chill with bit of privacy.

Cherry Beach

Cherry Beach Toronto

The iconic lifeguard station at Cherry Beach. Photo by Still the Oldie.

A popular spot for kite-boarding and surfboarding, Cherry Beach has a decidedly laid back atmosphere. The smell of charcoal barbecues often wafts over the beach from the small wooded area to the north. At night, the parking lot serves as one of the city’s best-loved makeout areas.

Bluffer’s Park

Bluffer's park

Bluffer’s Park can look almost tropical in the summer. Photo by dtstuff9.

Located at the bottom of Brimely Road (one of the steepest hills in the city), the beach at Bluffer’s Park is one of the nicest in the city. Bounded by the Scarborough Bluffs to the north, the park is both scenic and well-manicured (as far as Toronto beaches go). Arrive early on summer weekends if hoping for a parking spot.

 

Are you planning on heading to any Toronto beaches this summer?

-Tess

 

Post adapted from http://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2011/07/the_top_five_beaches_in_toronto/

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