A Mini Guide to The Beaches

Referred to by many as the capital of summer life in Toronto, The Beaches is one of Toronto’s truly unique neighborhoods with a laidback and community-focused lifestyle. Vintage shops, diverse architecture, and a variety of cafes and bars line the streets providing an endless amount of opportunities to spend your time in Toronto’s little paradise. Situated on Lake Ontario, this sandy, sunbathing destination is a perfect place to spend a weekend and make the most out of your off time.

Resembling a small resort town rather than a large-scale urban neighborhood, The Beaches has much to offer for community-minded luxury buyers looking for a relaxed lifestyle. This diverse neighborhood is attractive to many because of its proximity to the bustling downtown core while offering a carefree and serene ambiance.

While there has been some debate over whether the neighborhood is properly referred to as “The Beach” or “The Beaches”, The city of Toronto officially recognizes the area as “Beaches-East York”. With an abundance of low-rise buildings and a mix of Victorian and Edwardian homes, many of which have been divided into apartments, the area is home to both young professionals and mature home buyers looking to settle down. With a relatively low crime rate and proximity to sought after schools, the beaches remain a great option for young and growing families.

The heart of The Beaches thrives with Queen Street East’s shopping district running through as the key artery, having tenants changing year to year causing the neighborhood to reshape itself regularly. There are plenty of independent boutiques and cafes where you can refresh and refuel after an outing at one of the local parks or fields in the area.

Woodbine Beach is home to a 15.2-hectare park with three kilometres of prime waterfront and a picturesque boardwalk spanning pristine views of Lake Ontario with food trucks and park benches available in abundance. Stop by Book City on your way to this sandy oasis to read in one of the many blissful shaded park areas. Visit the Kew Gardens for some time at the ballpark, tennis courts, wading pools or simply to enjoy the extensive green space.

Despite the tranquil reputation of the neighborhood, there are plenty of festivals and events to look forward to. Woofstock, the annual celebration of all things dogs turns woodbine park into a dog filled bonanza with contests and products in full display. The International Jazz festival is one of the more momentous traditions in the community, attracting Canadian musicians from all over the country and visitors from around the globe. What started as a quaint tradition has grown into a globally recognized celebration of music. Movie buffs should visit the Fox Theatre for an intimate film setting to view second-run movies, independent films, and classics.

After your day of relaxation, stop by the Stone Lion Pub and sit out on the patio with a fantastic craft beer menu and a bite to eat after your sun-soaked day. Try Castro’s Grill for an intimate setting with vegetarian options and live music. Cap off your beach day with a visit to renowned Ed’s Real Scoop, home to some of Toronto’s finest homemade ice cream, gelato, and frozen desserts.