The Beaches is a very nice area to VISIT but if you are here for a long time and get to know the homeowners, you will be surprised how most of them are classless. I am pertaining particularly to an old fart named CHERYL, who is a board member of the Hammersmith condominium. Whether your inside the building or around the area, this thing has nothing to do but get in to your business, from the way you park to where you are stepping up and walking your dog up to the gates of the condominium. There's a lot of people here who walks their dog off the leash, but when the thing sees you, she will tell you off and keep repeating it's illegal.. i wonder why the police are not catching this *** who's never on the leash!
Located in the Beaches neighbourhood, Ashbridge's Bay Park is a great place to take a stroll and get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Sit on one of the many park benches and admire the views of the lake & downtown skyline. If you're taking public transit from downtown, ride #501 streetcar heading east on Queens Street.
One of Carol's and my favorite travel activities is to visit the neighborhoods of the cities we visit. Toronto has great choices. On this visit we explored the east end, in an area called The Beaches. My first thought was this was a really odd designation in a large metropolitan city better known more for its snow than its sand but everyone we asked said "You'll love it!".
We could have gotten there more quickly by taking the expressway but it was a lot more interesting just driving up Queen Street East, especially while following a street car up most of the way...at least we had plenty of stops to enjoy the sights. In fact, the street car line was being extended and upgraded right up into the Beaches...a sure sign that the area was growing rapidly in popularity.
When we arrived we found a neighborhood much like the one we live in back home in Buffalo...vital and welcoming. The main street (Queen St E.) is lined with dozens of shops and restaurants. The sidewalks were calmly crowded with a very diverse mix of people, clearly from the neighborhood, walking their dogs, their children, their lovers and friends.
The side streets were quiet and well cared for. Generally smaller homes sporting small front yard gardens. Like many urban neighborhoods parking is at a premium as not every house has a driveway but probably two cars. Still, for committed city dwellers this is rarely an issue as we long ago traded vehicle convenience for the chance to live in a great place.
Oh...and yes, there is a beach! Take virtually any side street off to the south and you will bump into Lake Ontario. Here, however, the shore is not lined with million dollar condos and toney promenades...here there is sand and a boardwalk. It was a pleasant April day when we visited but the water temperature was probably about 45º F. Still it was a popular place with kids playing in the sand and lots of folks strolling on the boardwalk.
Note: Click photo, follow the boardwalk and you will see the ever present CN Tower in the distance.
Located in the Eastern stretch of Toronto, Woodbine Beach area used to be home to the Greenwood RaceTrack. That is now long gone, & has been replaced by a thriving new community called the Beaches. The ugly Gardiner Expressway is removed in this area of the city, so it is a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Aside from the beaches, there is a broadwalk which many use for recreation.
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About one hour north of Toronto, there are beautiful beaches. Need to drive north to Barrie, and go to Wasaga Beach. Avoid the main strip and try to find a more private secluded area.
This is my cousin this was near the end of the summer so it looks a bit chilly. But the water was beautiful, and quite warm.
The Beaches. Take the Queen Street car East to the last stop and you'll be right on the waterfront in the area that is known as 'The Beaches'. Lovely views of the Toronto skyline. It also has a long broadwalk and park. Great for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Not many tourists know that Toronto has a beach, but the beaches area in Toronto is a definite romantic alternative to the night life if you're here for any long period of time. Mind you, this is only if you're here in the summer, the winter months don't prove to be as accomodating :) Take the queen street east street car WAY east. Before getting on, ask the driver if their street car heads towards the beaches. Ask them to tell you when to get off. You'll find that you go through different parts of Toronto, some that are trendy, and some not so great, but the treasure is when you reach the end of your journey and you're in the Beaches area. The beaches is home to a great Jazz festival and some great outdoor concerts. Be sure to check out their schedules before you go. There are some great local eating haunts as well. One of my most favourite pubs is there, called 'Lion on the Beach' I was there on a wet wednesday night and it was still jumping. Ask a local which way is the boardwalk, and once you reach it you'll see it stretch far far far. In the summer, with the waves crashing on the shore and the long walk ahead, you'll find this place a definite winner.
The Beaches area - Queen St. East. A little area east of the downtown area that is heavily populated during the Jazz festival, but contains nice little restaurants and shops. Great area for living and cooler than other parts of the city due to the breeze from the nearby lake.
On warm, sunny days this is the place to be, the boardwalk along the beach. Have brunch or lunch in the Beaches area (a neighbourhood of Toronto near the beach) and then go for a walk. There's a separate bike/rollerblade path so you don't need to be worried about getting run over. It's a great place for people watching. On hot days bring a towel and lay out on the beach or find a spot on the grass.
Toronto's Beaches area. This is not Canada as we know it!Reminds me of San Fransico. See http://www.the-beaches.com/tour/funky.html for lots of info. Picture taken from this site.