Summer in Toronto is sensational. But for those confined to the city center, sizzling sidewalks and throngs of tourists can be a bit too much to bear. To beat that need-to-get-out-of-the-heat “rash,” we prescribe a day spent getting wet in the following waters…
If a white sand beach (facing away from the mainland) is what you fancy, this is the perfect pick. Super easy to get to via ferry and boasting a breezy out-of-town feel, it’s by far the nicest beach on Toronto Island. Tip: Because it’s a bit removed from all the action, it’s wise to go equipped with provisions (snacks, sunscreen and plenty of water). Bonus: This is one of the few public locations in the country where full nudity is permitted. If you aren’t into that sort of thing though, simply stay within the confines of the “clothing required” section.
Alexandra Park Pool
The height of hipster haven just a short stroll from Kensington Market. This ginormous, surprisingly well maintained public pool is perfect for those looking to do laps without having to spend a single cent. The people-watching here is prime – it’s typically teeming with bodacious bikini babes and scrawny yet sexy tat-clad dudes.
The Thompson Hotel Pool
If super swanky is more your style, the Thompson rooftop pool is where you’ll wanna be. Meant for keyholders only, we suggest you go with a pal who possesses one… or perhaps become chums with someone in the lobby or lounge area who does? We promise it’s well worth the extended energy; the view from the top is over the top.
Sheraton Centre Hotel Pool
A reasonable $35 (for the day) will grant you access to Toronto’s largest indoor/outdoor heated pool. Conveniently located on Queen Street and complete with a poolside bar (serving seasonal drinks) and lots of lounge chairs, this aquatic paradise is open from 7am to 10pm seven days a week and will pair perfectly with a sun hat and steamy romance novel.
Bluffer’s Park Beach
As picturesque as it gets. The best beach in the city according to us, it boasts wildlife, biking trails, boats and more. Surrounded by the Scarborough Bluffs – soaring white cliffs covering several kilometers of Toronto’s eastern waterfront – it’s something every Torontonian should see. The only catch: If you take the TTC, the relatively steep walk up and down the hill to get there – especially after a fun-filled day – can be a bit strenuous. Definitely drive if you can.