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9 Beaches In Toronto For A Family Getaway

Published May 30, 2019 | Updated Mar 27, 2020

Who doesn’t love spending a sunny day at the beach? Every family enjoys splashing in the water, jumping over the shallow waves, building sand castles, and soaking in the sun. So, pack your picnic baskets and hit the beach for a fun family trip.

Here is the list of the beaches in Toronto where you can plan your next picnic with your family!

1. Bluffer’s Beach    

Bluffers Park is located at the east end of Brimley Road. It features a sandy beach, picnic areas, walks, lookouts, a boat launch, and visitor dock.

The water quality is good, and it's shallower than most other city beaches.The Scarborough Bluffs provide a dramatic backdrop to beach. These towering 20-story white cliffs cover 20-kilometres of Toronto's eastern waterfront, which makes a day trip to Bluffer’s Beach a memorable experience.

2. Marie Curtis Park East Beach

In the farthest southwest corner of Toronto you will find Marie Curtis Park. This Park is a great destination for a day of fun with family and friends.
Throughout this park you can find an abundance of wildlife and native plants. There is a playground, wading pool, public swimming beach, dog off-leash area, picnic spots, and walking trails including a connection to the Waterfront Trail.


3. Centre Island Beach

The beach is located on the southern shore of Toronto Island Park, in an area also known as “Manitou Beach”. Centre Island Beach has very calm, shallow, and slightly warm waters because the rock breakwater was built to provide a barrier from the open lake. This beach is an ideal place for the entire family to go for a walk, swim, relax, picnic, and enjoy the scenery. What a beautiful spot!

4. Kew Balmy Beach

Located between Silver Birch and Leuty Ave, this narrow beach is complete with a nice boardwalk, sandy shores, and the Martin Goodman Trail. The beach was first opened to Toronto in the 1930s. Today this beaches still hold onto some of the charm and history – with the Kew Beach lawn bowling club, and the Kew Gardens Bandstand. The bandstand hosts bands throughout the warmer months as well as the annual Jazz Festival. The beach serves as the ideal spot for people with canoes and kayaks.

5. Sunnyside Beach

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 break wall which helps control erosion and provides calm water for rowers and paddlers.
It has an amazing boardwalk and waterfront trail and sunrise and sunset at Sunnyside are magical.

6. Ward’s Island Beach

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. Ward's Beach is sheltered a bit by the Leslie Split, so its calm water is ideal for swimming. There is usually enough wind here for kites and wind boards, though. Amenities include picnic tables and rain garden area. It is a bit rocky, especially at the west end and perfect to escape the crowds of Centre Island.

7. Cherry Beach

Located on the north shore of the Outer Harbor at the foot of Cherry Street, this beach features ample parking, is located on the Martin Goodman Trail. Cherry Beach is a safe, friendly, and a wonderful place for kite-surfing, swimming, walking, and BBQs. Cherry Beach hosts the music festival “Promise Cherry Beach” every summer weekend. There is an off-leash dog park here too! Cherry Beach is mostly sandy and is usually one of the cleanest beaches in mainland Toronto.

8. Rouge Beach

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.

Near the beach is a marsh that provides a home to a variety of wildlife. Any time of the year, the picturesque scenery around Rouge Beach is calming and impressive.

During the summer many people spend their days fishing and swimming off the shores of the beach and watch the trains on the CN line drive past them in the distance. Rouge Beach is near Toronto’s only camping ground and is a great spot for city dwellers to access large green space for hiking, biking and running, among many other outdoor activities.

9. Woodbine Beaches

Located at the foot of Woodbine Avenue, this beach straddles Beaches Park, Woodbine Beach Park, and Ashbridge’s Bay Park. It is by far Toronto's busiest beach. Picnic areas, a full-service restaurant, a beach volleyball, concession and ample parking at Ashbridge’s Bay Park are key amenities.

So pack your picnic baskets and enjoy a fun family getaway.

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