Beaches aren’t just for summer fun! If you’re looking for a fall getaway in the city, check out our favourite Toronto beaches:
1. Scarborough Bluffs
Toronto’s taste of a tropical vacation. There are 9 parks along the bluffs as well as the beach, so you can spend a whole day here exploring and won’t get bored. Because of its beautiful views, expect a crowd here on sunny days and weekends. PS: come early, parking fills up quick.
2. Manitou Beach
Also known as Centre Island Beach, this beach is near the old pier and opposite the ferry terminal. There are rocks lined up in the lake to separate a swimming area, and there is usually a lifeguard here.
3. Marie Curtis Park
Located at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek, this area has a beautiful park area and a small sand area. A perfect place to go kayaking, canoeing, or bring the boat as there’s a docking area!
4. Woodbine Beach
Woodbine is one of the largest beaches in Toronto, located on Lakeshore Blvd, below Woodbine Ave. The beach area is huge and can be easily accessed, so attracts a lot of people – expect big crowds on weekends.
5. Rouge Beach
A lakefront beach with a swimming area, backed by beautiful wetlands, a park and a trail. Bonus: This beach isn’t nearly as busy as the others, and the parking area is close to the sand so you won’t have to hike back to the car as you unpack.
6. Cherry Beach
A beautiful place to catch the sunrise. It’s a peaceful, fairly rocky beach with an off-leash dog park! There isn’t a lot of parking here, so come early. Located at the foot of Cherry St., on the outer east side of the harbour.
7. Hanlan’s Point Beach (clothing optional section)
This beautiful, long stretch of beach is located on the Toronto Islands, and doesn’t draw in the crowd that some of the others do. Part of the beach (1km long) has been recognized as being clothing optional- suns out, bums out!
8. Gibraltar Point Beach
Located on one of the farthest points away from Toronto’s mainland, you can almost always guarantee a perfect spot. One of the city’s best-kept secrets. The water is clear, deep, calm, and rock-free!
9. Ward Island Beach
Quiet and quaint Toronto beach experience, known as a great spot for fishing. Another beach on the island, 5 minutes walking from the ferry.
10. Sugar Beach (not for swimming)
Less of a beach, think more urban beach park. Open since 2010, it’s across from Redpath Sugar Refinery in East Bayfront. A cool place to hang out and catch a tan, but you can’t swim here. Awesome views and vibe though!