Beaches

Designated Swimming Beaches

In 2005, Toronto became the first Canadian community to certify its beaches under the international Blue Flag program. The Blue Flag is flown at eight of Toronto’s swimming beaches. This international eco-label is awarded to beaches that meet high standards for water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. Blue Flag awards are only valid for one season. After each season, a Blue Flag beach must be reassessed and meet all the requirements before an award is renewed.

All beaches are supervised daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Blue Flag Symbol Icon Blue Flag Beaches

Bluffer Park BeachBluffer’s Park Beach

1 Brimley Road S

How to get there: Vehicles can enter Bluffer's Park by travelling south on Brimley Road.

Facilities: Parking, concessions

Located east of the foot of Brimley Road, this large beach traps sand against a lakefill arm of Bluffer’s Park. The Scarborough Bluffs provide a dramatic backdrop for this site.

Centre Island BeachCentre Island Beach

2 Avenue of the Islands

Ferries to Centre Island depart from Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay West

How to get there: The Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay W which is located south of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street. By public transit, take the 509 streetcar from Union station to Queens Quay station.

Facilities: Concessions/snack bar, bike rental, showers and change rooms.

Located on the southern shore of Toronto Island Park, this site has been used for public bathing since 1888 and is surrounded by park amenities. It is the only Island beach protected by an offshore breakwall.

Cherry BeachCherry/Clarke Beach

1 Cherry Street, foot of Cherry St, in the Portlands

How to get there: Cherry/Clarke beach is located at the bottom of Cherry Street. By public transportation, take the southbound bus 72B from Pape station.

Facilities: Parking

Located on the north shore of the Outer Harbour at the foot of Cherry Street, this beach features ample parking, is located on the Martin Goodman Trail and receives TTC bus service during the beach season. The west side of the swimming beach is popular with kiteboarders. A designated off-leash dog area is located along the beach’s western boundary.

Gibraltar Point BeachGibraltar Point Beach

425 Lakeshore Avenue

Ferries to Centre Island depart from Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay West

Located on the southwestern shore of Toronto Island Park, this small, secluded beach was established in 2007 and was awarded a Blue Flag that same year. It is backed by an exceptional stand of eastern cottonwoods and the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts is nearby.

How to get there: The Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay W which is located south of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street. By public transit, take the 509 streetcar from Union station to Queens Quay station.

Hanlans Point BeachHanlan's Point Beach

Ferries to Hanlan’s Point depart from Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay West

How to get there: The Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay W which is located south of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street. By public transit, take the 509 streetcar from Union station to Queens Quay station.

Facilities: Volleyball

Located on the western shore of Toronto Island Park, this long beach includes a clothing optional area - only the second of its kind in Canada. Hanlan’s was first awarded a Blue Flag in 2005. The beach is backed by a significant sand dune system extending from Toronto City Centre Airport to Gibraltar Point.

Kew Balmy BeachKew-Balmy Beach

2075 Queen Street E

How to get there: There is limited street parking on Kew Beach Ave. Entrance to the beach from Kenilworth Ave and Lee Ave. By public transit, take the 501 Queen streetcar to Kenilworth and walk south to the beach.

Facilities: Parking, concessions.

Located between Silver Birch and Leuty avenues in Beaches Park, this narrow beach abuts the boardwalk and the Martin Goodman Trail. The Leuty Lifesaving Station (1921), an icon of the Eastern Beaches, is located at the west end of the site. Kew-Balmy is separated from Woodbine Beach by a designated off-leash dog area south of Kew Gardens.

Marie Curtis Park East BeachMarie Curtis Park East Beach

2 Forty-Second Street

How to get there: Vehicles can enter from Forty-second St off of Lakeshore Rd E

Facilities: Parking

Located at the mouth of Etobicoke Creek near the foot of Forty-Second Street. Most users of this beach are drawn from the adjacent Long Branch community.

Rouge BeachRouge Beach

195 Rouge Hills Dr

Located at the mouth of the Rouge River at the east end of Lawrence Avenue, this beach is shared with the West Rouge Canoe Club, which operates children’s camps during the summer. The river mouth spit is a popular fishing site.

How to get there: Rouge Beach Park is located at the terminus of Lawrence Ave E, at the Rouge Hills Drive intersection. The park is a fifteen minute walk from the Rouge Hill Go train station and a five minute walk from the Lawrence E 54 bustop.

Sunnyside BeachSunnyside Beach

1755 Lakeshore Blvd W

How to get there: Access to the parking lot from Lakeshore Blvd W at Ellis Ave and Lakeshore Blvd W at Parkside Dr. By public transit, take the 501 Queen streetcar westbound to Parkside Dr.

Facilities: Parking, beach volleyball, concessions, boardwalk cafe, Gus Ryder Pool, change rooms

Located between the Humber River and Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, this long, narrow beach has been a city-wide destination since the 1890s. Sunnyside is protected by an offshore breakwall which helps control erosion and provides calm water for rowers and paddlers.

Wards IslandWard’s Island

Ferries to Ward’s Island depart from Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay West

How to get there: The Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay W which is located south of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street. By public transit, take the 509 streetcar from Union station to Queens Quay station.

Facilities: Snack bar

Located on the southeastern shore of Toronto Island Park away from major park facilities and activity areas, this is one of the quietest beaches on the Island. It was first awarded a Blue Flag in 2005. Ward’s is backed by a small dune system. The Island residential community is nearby.

Woodbine BeachWoodbine Beach

1675 Lakeshore Boulevard E

How to get there: Access to parking and beach entrance is off Lakeshore Blvd East and Northern Dancer Blvd. By public transit, take the 92 Southbound from Woodbine station.

Facilities: Parking, beach volleyball, restaurant, concessions

Located east and west of the foot of Woodbine Avenue, this beach straddles Beaches Park, Woodbine Beach Park and Ashbridge’s Bay Park and is Toronto's busiest beach. It was first awarded a Blue Flag in 2005. Picnic areas, a full-service restaurant, a beach volleyball, concession and ample parking at Ashbridge’s Bay Park are key amenities.


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