The Beaches

This neighbourhood to the east side of Toronto is a summer haven that sees locals and tourists flock here for a day on the water. But there’s much more to the Beaches (please note: some residents prefer “the Beach”—visitors are advised to avoid the debate!). A series of festivals, winter installations and year-round outdoor activities make this quarter a must-see. 

Don’t miss:

  • A swim at the family-friendly Woodbine Beach 
  • Visiting Kew and Woodbine Beaches for the annual Winter Stations—an outdoor art exhibit that runs for six weeks in February and March
  • Signing up for one of the 5-km (3-miles) fun runs that take place in the area
  • Going birding with the kids in Glen Stewart Ravine 
  • Seeing world-renowned live acts at the Beaches International Jazz Festival

BOUNDARIES: Queen Street East, between Coxwell Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue. Bounded by the beach to the south.

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen subway station, then take the 501 streetcar eastbound.

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