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Here’s Toronto's top 15 beaches so you can ditch the couch, dive into fun in the sun

Here’s Toronto’s top 15 beaches so you can ditch the couch, dive into fun in the sun! 

Ever catch yourself staring at your reflection on the TV screen, feeling like you’re slowly turning into a couch potato? Yeah, me too. That’s when I know it’s time to ditch the indoor life, soak up some vitamin D, and hit the beach.  

I mean, who can resist a bit of photosynthesizing action, am I right? And hey, after binge-watching “The White Lotus” (guilty!), I was totally inspired to trade my cozy spot on the couch for some sandy shores.  

But I had no idea there were so many beaches in and around Toronto! And get this: some even let you BARE it all—wink, wink. Plus, there are a few where swimming’s a no-go, but hey, who needs to paddle when you’re all about those beach vibes and sunbathing?  

So, after a bit of digging, I’ve rounded up the top beaches in Toronto that’ll pry you away from your comfiest spot on the couch. Ready to hit the sand? Let’s do this! 

Sugar Beach

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Address: 11 Dockside Dr 

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Sugar Beach is a popular hangout for soaking up the sun and enjoying views of the Toronto Islands. It’s more about sunbathing and relaxing than swimming (no swimming allowed), with its sandy area and pretty pink umbrellas giving it a postcard-perfect vibe. 

It’s nestled between the Redpath Sugar Plant and George Brown Waterfront campus, so it’s definitely a charming spot.  

Also, Sugar Beach is designed to be accessible to everyone. There’s a plaza, a shady promenade, and a boardwalk leading right into the sand, making it easy for people with disabilities to enjoy the beach, too.

Pro tips:

Just a heads-up, swimming isn’t allowed at Sugar Beach. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a towel to chill on. If you get hungry, there’s a cute restaurant nearby with a hip menu featuring burrata, calamari, and truffle fries.

Woodbine Beach

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Address: 1675 Lake Shore Blvd E

Contact details: +1 416-338-4386


Woodbine Beach is all about fitness and is connected to the Ashbridges Bay and Martin Goodman trails. You’ll find an Olympic-size pool, beach volleyball courts, and outdoor gym equipment.  

Plus, you can rent water sports gear like paddle boards and kayaks or kick back and watch the bigger boats sail out from the Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club to the south. 

Not to mention, the beach faces east, and thanks to a big headland on the south side, it’s sheltered from strong winds. That means smaller waves and warmer water—a real win on chilly Lake Ontario days.

Pro tips:

While there’s a lot of parking at Woodbine Beach, the lots fill up quickly on hot weekends. There are three main lots, with the biggest one just off Eastern Avenue. So, it’s a good idea to get there early!

Bluffer’s Park Beach

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Address: 1 Brimley Rd S

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So, let’s talk about Bluffer’s Beach—it’s a total hidden gem. Picture this: beige-coloured bluffs, flowering trees, and Lake Ontario sparkling away in the background. It’s wild to think that just behind you, there’s a bustling city of three million people.

But here’s the best part: this beach has some of the softest sand you’ll find in Toronto. Seriously, it’s like stepping into the Caribbean. There’s plenty of space for everyone to stretch out and catch some rays.

Oh, and bonus points for the lifeguards keeping an eye on things. They make sure everyone stays safe while they’re splashing around in the shallow water.

Pro tips:

Those iconic, steep bluffs you’ve probably seen in all the photos? Yeah, they’re not actually at the beach area. You’ll find them way over at the far western edge of the park, quite a hike from the beach.

Kew-Balmy Beach

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Address: 1 Beech Ave

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Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Saturday to Sunday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Here’s the lowdown on Kew Balmy Beach: It’s been a hotspot for Torontonians since the early 1900s, and it’s connected to Woodbine and Sunnyside by the Martin Goodman cycling trail. This beach has a relaxed vibe, more about lounging with a good book than blasting music.

You’ll find off-leash dogs having a blast, and don’t miss the century-old Leuty Lifeguard Station—it’s a real fixture here, thanks to some preservation efforts by locals.

And heads-up: the sand here is on the coarse side, mixed with small pebbles near the waterline. And it’s a good idea to wear some sturdy shoes—the shore’s got seawalls, especially towards the eastern end of the beach.

Pro tips:

When you’re ready to grab a bite, head on up to Queen Street East and find yourself a cozy spot on a patio for a nice, long lunch. After that, just take a stroll back down to the beach and maybe catch some Z’s in the sun before heading home.

Centre Island Beach

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Address: 9 Queens Quay W

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Let’s chat about Centre Island Beach—it’s like a hidden treasure out on the Toronto Islands, facing Lake Ontario on the far side of the city. 

This Blue Flag beach is all about top-notch water quality, with the water feeling just right—warmer and shallower than other Toronto beaches, thanks to a stone breakwater.

Families flock here for a bunch of reasons. You’ve got lifeguards keeping watch during the summer, and the beach is right next door to Centreville Amusement Park. Plus, there are swings on the sand, a splash pad, and a big setup of changing rooms and lockers to stash your stuff. 

And the best part? It’s just a quick 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.

Pro tip:

Oh, and in case you’re wondering about their facilities, they’ve got you covered. You’ll find changerooms, bathrooms, bike rentals, lockers, and a concession stand selling cold drinks, pizza, and snacks.

Hanlan’s Point Beach

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Address: Lakeshore Ave

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Hey, let me fill you in on another spot over on the Toronto Islands: Hanlan’s Point Beach. It’s got a whole different vibe compared to Centre Island—it’s known as one of Toronto’s top clothing-optional beaches.

So, picture this: it’s on the west side of Centre Island, making it the perfect spot to catch those stunning sunsets. And it’s not just about the beach vibes here. You’ve also got a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and beach volleyball nets for some fun in the sun.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the kiteboarders at the northwest end—they’re quite the sight!

Pro tips:

Opt for the Hanlan’s Point ferry when you’re heading out from Toronto. It’s a smaller car ferry and way less crowded. Plus, it takes a scenic route across Toronto Harbour, which is way nicer than the Centre Island ferry.

Ward’s Island Beach

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Address: Ward’s Island Beach

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Ward’s Island Beach is tucked just south of the East Channel, facing the Main Harbour of Lake Ontario, away from the hustle and bustle of the more popular Centre Island Beach.

Now, here’s the perk: it’s conveniently close to some of the island’s best patios. So, if you’re feeling peckish, take a short stroll and satisfy that craving.

As for the beach itself, it’s pretty spacious, with some small trees around but not much shade to speak of. It’s definitely a good idea to bring along an umbrella, just in case.

And don’t forget to break up your beach day with a stroll down the long boardwalk on the right-hand side.

Pro tip:

It’s just a 10-minute walk from the Ward’s Island ferry terminal to the beach. Make sure to hop on the Ward’s Island ferry—not the Centre Island one—or you’ll have a long walk ahead of you.

Gibraltar Beach

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Address: Gibraltar Point Beach

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So, let’s talk about Gibraltar Point Beach—it’s got some pretty interesting history. The dunes here used to be part of the Scarborough Bluffs up north. 

It’s tucked away between Hanlan’s Point and Centre Beach on the Toronto Islands, so it’s not too crowded. Perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful stroll along the shoreline to escape the city buzz.  

Oh, and you can’t miss the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, built in 1808. But here’s the kicker—it’s rumoured to be haunted by the first lighthouse keeper, John Paul Radelmüller. 

Apparently, he got mixed up in some shady stuff during the War of 1812 and met a pretty grim end. But that’s something that adds to its charm rather than scaring you away.

Pro tip:

Gibraltar Point Beach is just a minute’s walk from the Centre Island ferry terminal—easy peasy. Hanlan’s Point is a bit further, but it’s worth it for the nicer beach.

Cherry Beach

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Address: 1 Cherry St

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Cherry Beach is where it’s at for locals, especially those into water sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding. It’s got that laid-back vibe and isn’t as packed as some other city spots. 

Picture this: soft sand for lounging, plenty of grassy areas for picnics, and even a spot for your furry buddy to romp around off-leash. 

But here’s the kicker—the area behind the sand? It’s got big trees, grassy spots with picnic tables, and BBQs. 

Just a heads up, though: the sand is a tad rough, and the water gets deep quickly, so take care if you’re diving in!

Pro tip:

Across the way, you can spot boats sailing in and out of the Outer Harbour Marina, Freedom Boat Club, and the Toronto Port Authority. And with that Blue Flag certification, you can trust the water’s safe for swimming!

Rouge Beach

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Address: Corner of Lawrence Avenue East and 195 Rouge Hills Drive

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Alright, so Rouge Beach? It’s down at the southern tip of Rouge National Urban Park, Canada’s newest national park. Now, what’s cool about this spot is it’s not your average beach—there’s prime canoeing and kayaking territory waiting for you beyond the shore. 

Oh, and guess what? The Pickering Rouge Canoe Club is right around the corner. Plus, this beach? It’s never too packed, so if you’re all about having some space to yourself, this is where it’s at. 

The beach stretches out for about 500 meters, and there’s this neat trail winding through the trees at the back. And hey, if you wander off towards the parking area, you’ll stumble upon some marshland—perfect for a bit of wildlife spotting!

Pro tips:

Just a heads up, there are a few no-gos at Rouge Beach, like barbecues, open fires, booze, fireworks, littering, and crayfishing. It’s all to keep the place shipshape and make sure Rouge Beach stays pristine and chill for everyone to enjoy.

Marie Curtis Beach

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Address:  2 Forty Second St

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So, Marie Curtis Beach? It’s where Etobicoke Creek meets Lake Ontario, right? Way back when, this spot got hit hard by Hurricane Hazel in ’54, wiping out some residential areas. 

But hey, out of the wreckage, they built this beach to help prevent future floods. Pretty smart move, right? And get this—it’s named after one of Toronto’s first female local magistrates, which is pretty cool. 

Nowadays, it’s a real family-friendly hangout with a playground, dog park, splash pad, walking trails—you name it. Sure, it might not have the longest stretch of sand, but it’s a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city’s other beaches. 

Pro tips:

So, here’s the scoop: Sunset Beach Cafe is the go-to spot for a quick bite near the beach. It’s all walk-up with counter service, serving up wraps, soups, stews, and all sorts of fresh, healthy goodies. 

Sunnyside Beach

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Address: 1755 Lake Shore Blvd W 

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Alright, let’s dive into Sunnyside Beach—where Toronto’s history meets stunning views. This place is a hit with families, and it’s not hard to see why. 

There’s so much to do besides lounging in the sun! We’re talking biking trails, a dirt biking course, a pool, boat launches—you name it, they’ve got it. 

And hey, ever heard of the Palais Royale? It’s this rad old dance hall where Duke Ellington once rocked the stage. Pretty epic, huh? Oh, and if you’re into history, there’s plenty to explore nearby, like the Freedom For Hungary Monument and the Sir Casimir Gzowski Playground. 

Just a heads up, though—after a heavy rain, swimming might be off the table due to the nearby Humber River.

Pro tip:

Parking here is a breeze, with lots of spaces just behind the beach. If you’re up for a walk, head north on Colborne Lodge Drive under the Gardiner Expressway, and you’ll find yourself in High Park.

HTO Park

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Address: 339 Queens Quay W

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Now, let’s chat about HTO Park—it’s like a hidden gem right by the CN Tower, just a quick 10-minute walk away. Picture this: it’s surrounded by water on three sides, and you’ve got this awesome view of Centre Island across the bay. 

Now, it’s not exactly a swimming beach like Sugar Beach, but that’s cool because HTO Beach has its own vibe. It’s all about kicking back and taking it easy, you know? 

Plus, there’s way more than just sand here. You’ve got tons of green space, benches, those comfy Muskoka chairs, and those iconic giant yellow umbrellas. 

And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like soaking up the sun here, watching sailboats glide back and forth in Toronto Harbour. Pure relaxation, my friend.

Pro tip:

If you wanna snag a beach chair, better swing by early. Oh, and watch out for the wind—it can get pretty gusty. Make sure to weigh down your stuff, or you might end up chasing your hat down the shoreline.

Rock Point

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Address: 215 Niece Rd, Dunnville

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Hey there, have you heard about Rock Point? It’s a bit of a distance from Toronto, near Dunnville, but let me tell you, it’s a hidden gem. It’s nestled within the Rock Point Provincial Park; it’s got this natural, rugged charm that’s hard to beat. 

You’ve got sandy stretches, sure, but what’s really cool? Exposed fossils of a coral reef dating back over 350 million years, just chilling in the limestone shelves along the shore. 

Plus, there’s this awesome viewing platform above the dunes, perfect for soaking in those epic views. And if you’re up for some exploring, there’s a 2 km hiking trail waiting for you. 

Oh, and did I mention the monarch butterfly migration in the fall? It’s like something out of a dream. So, if you’re craving a day trip filled with nature’s wonders, Rock Point’s the place to be!

Pro tip:

There’s a 1 km natural sand and pebble beach that stretches from the campground to the day-use area. The beach gradually slopes into the water, but there’s no buoy line marking the drop-off. And remember, there are no lifeguards on duty, so swim safe!

Wasaga Beach 

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Address: 11-22nd St. North Wasaga Beach

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Hey, have you heard about Wasaga Beach? It’s like the ultimate summer hangout in Ontario. Sure, it’s a bit of a trek from Toronto, but trust me, it’s worth every mile for a day trip or even a weekend getaway.

Once you’re there, get ready for some serious beach vibes. I’m talking miles of sandy shoreline just waiting for you to claim your spot. Whether you’re into swimming, sunbathing, or beach sports, there’s something here for everyone. 

And hey, if you need a break from the beach scene, there’s no shortage of shops, restaurants, and activities to keep you entertained.

Now, fair warning—it can get pretty busy, especially on those scorching summer weekends. But hey, that’s all part of the fun, right? And don’t miss out on the main strip, packed with everything from ice cream joints to cute beachwear boutiques.

Pro tips:

Venture beyond the main strip, and you’ll discover quieter beaches, scenic trails for hiking and biking in Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, and some sweet canoeing spots along the Nottawasaga River. Trust me, there’s more to Wasaga Beach than meets the eye.

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