Summer’s are hot in Toronto and when temperatures reach 30°+, we all need a refreshing escape. Places like Wasaga and Sauble beach are amazing to spend a hot summer days but, they aren’t the easiest to get to. If you’re living the city life, you need to rent a car, round up a few friends, plan food ideas, and start the long drive and to be honest, it’s a lot of work. But what if I told you you could enjoy the same type of vibe so close to home?
Now go ahead, take out that bikini that’s been collecting dust in your drawer all winter and rock your body! It always feels like Toronto summers end before we even get to enjoy it, so stop postponing that beach-day and go visit one of Toronto’s many beaches!
Here are the best beaches to visit in Toronto this summer
When I first visited Woodbine beach a few summers ago, it felt like I was so far away from the city! I loved the long stretch of sand and to my surprise, the water was extremely clean, so you don’t have to worry about any gross lake water! There are plenty activities to do here and you can find a few beach volleyball courts to play around in! This is a great place to gather up with some friends this summer (when safe to do so) and plan a beach day!
A quick and easy trip to the Toronto Islands is sometimes all you need for a day getaway! This clothing optional beach is a favourite among the people in Toronto and I recommend catching the ferry early at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to ensure you get a comfortable spot at the beach! One of my favourite parts about visiting the island is catching the ferry, so enjoy every minute of it! If the clothing-optional vibe is not for you, that’s totally okay! There are plenty of other beaches along the island, such as Ward’s Island and Centre Island beach. The views of the city are impeccable from here and its a must to visit this summer!
Bluffer’s park beach is located at the mainlands of the Scarborough Bluffs! Yes, it’s a bit off from the city, but I promise you it’s worth the trip! There is so much to do in this area and along with the beach there are picnic areas, hiking, lookouts, a boat launch and a visitor dockage. The deep blue water and stunning rocky cliffs makes it one of the most beautiful landscapes and beaches to come across in the GTA!
Sunnyside beach has been around since the 1920’s and it was always a place where many city folk came to cool off during a hot summer day. Now over a century later, this beach is still wildly popular among the people of Toronto! Right next to the beach is the Sunnyside Pavilion Cafe and after spending the day under the hot sun, you’ll want to sip on your favourite drinks while taking in the view!
Sugar beach became a hit in Toronto when it first opened over 10 years ago. The cute and playful pink umbrellas make you feel like you’re laying poolside in a Dominican resort. The umbrella addition is unlike any other beach in the city, making it easier for commuters to not have to worry about finding shade! Although swimming is not allowed at this waterfront beach, its still playful area for people to soak up the sun, read, and even watch boats passing on the lake! Definitely one of the best beaches in Toronto!