Most of us spend the long, cold Toronto winters dreaming of a tropical getaway – sand in our toes, pina colada in hand. So it’s hard to remember during the brief period of balmy weather we receive each summer that our city has several beaches to escape to. Here’s where to get your sun tan on…
You don’t need to book a flight for a last-minute getaway, just jump on the ferry. The best way to pretend that you live in some sort of Dawson’s Creek-esque resort town is to run away to Toronto Island. For a seriously leisurely day, getting away from it all and gaining perspective by gazing upon your city from a short distance, this is as relaxing as it gets.
Clothing optional beach! Unbelievable! Currently this beach doesn’t live up to the sexy expectations you might have. So that’s why we’re putting it so high up on the list. The only way to lower the percentage of older, single creepy men at the nude beach is to send all you hot young things there in droves. Test your limits, cross it off your bucket list, start a nudist colony – whatever it takes, let’s make the fantasy of having a nude beach worth visiting a reality.
For the more active types, Woodbine beach is where it’s at. The sand is a bit rocky but the crowds of people, volleyball nets and long trail perfect for jogging, biking and rollerblading are a recipe for a great time.
Cherry Beach is gaining popularity for it’s chilled out atmosphere. Less populated than other family-oriented beaches, bring your dog during the day and your guitar at night. We hear there are beach parties complete with DJs on Sunday nights (3pm to 11pm, $5, apparently) and word is the tradition will continue this summer.
At Sugar Beach you can’t go in the water, but planted in the soft sand beneath candy pink umbrellas you can while away a positively languid, half-naked afternoon.
And speaking of water quality issues, always check the City of Toronto website before you dive in.