It’s Summer! Make The Most Of It At These 3 Toronto Beaches
Summer for us Canadians is short and sweet! So what better way to celebrate the hottest season of the year at some of the best Toronto beaches? With summer heat waves heating up the city to mid-30C temperatures, sometimes you just need to chill at the beach.
From volleyball courts to clothing optional, here are my top 3 Toronto beaches you must visit this summer!
Cathedral Bluffs Park Beach
PROS: It’s absolutely stunning.
CONS: BYO Toilet Paper, as the facilities are the only ones for miles.
It’s no secret that the Scarborough Bluffs is quite possible the most beautiful landscape and beach you will ever find in the GTA. Although it’s quite a trek to make it to Toronto’s Eastern suburb, the deep blue water and stunning sandstone cliffs are well worth the visit! I recommend starting your trip at the top of the escarpments. There are many different hiking trails around the bluffs, but do be careful. The sandstone edge of the bluffs is unstable. After catching some incredible views from your hike, make your way down to Bluffer’s Park peninsula.
From there, head over to Cathedral Bluffs Park beach, which is located at the base of the spire-like cliffs. It’s a relatively small, sandy beach, but it’s generally not too busy. As you can see from the photo above, there is plenty of space to play sports, lounge and cool off in the teal blue water. Lake Ontario is very clear in this alcove, and there is very little seaweed and algae in the water- perfect for all your aquatic activities!
For more information about the Scarborough Bluffs, check out my post on A Quick Day-Trip From Toronto To The Beautiful Scarborough Bluffs.
** Please note that the Bluffs are closed for the 2017 season for safety reasons due to flooding earlier this summer.
Hanlan’s Point Beach
PROS: Body positivity because it’s a clothing-optional beach.
CONS: It’s a clothing-optional beach.
Sometimes a quick trip out to Toronto Island is all you need to escape that Toronto heat! And what better way than to strip down past your skivvies and enjoy one of the GTA’s cleanest beaches?! Hop the ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, and head on over to Hanlan’s Point! With its clothing-optional policy and the longest shoreline on the island, there is plenty of room for lounging, privacy and taking a dip in Lake Ontario!
If clothing optional beaches are a bit too extreme for you, don’t worry! There are plenty of small unofficial beaches tucked away along the shoreline leading from Hanlan’s Point toward Centre Island.
For more information on Toronto Island, check out my latest post: Baby, It’s Hot Outside! Why Toronto Island Is The Perfect Way To Escape The Heat.
PROS: It looks like your traditional oceanside beach.
CONS: It’s the busiest of the bunch.
Tucked away in Toronto’s East-end Leslieville neighbourhood, Woodbine Beach is one of Toronto’s largest beaches. It’s home to over 90 outdoor volleyball courts, an indoor swimming pool and a boardwalk. With one of the largest sand beaches in the GTA, Woodbine is great for playing spots, lounging, or even heading out on your SUP board! The beach also has lifeguards patrolling the shoreline, which is an added safety bonus.
If you continue along the beach, the sand gradually becomes small stones. This area is the least populated, but there are lots of families avoiding the crowds in this area. This is also a haven for kite-flying fanatics and water sport athletes. So whether you’re wanting to lounge on the beach and watch some volleyball, or if you want to jump right into the water on your SUP board, Woodbine Beach is the place for you!
For more information, check out BlogTO’s beach profile on Woodbine Beach.
What are your favourite Toronto beaches?
Please share your go-to Toronto beaches in the comments below! I still haven’t made up my mind about whether Woodbine, Toronto Island or the Scarborough Bluffs is the best way to escape the summer heat!! What do you think? Let me know if I missed any of your favourite beaches in the GTA!
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