One of the most sought-after areas in the city of Toronto and a place where locals and tourists alike, flock to for a relaxing evening walk, some good entertainment or just to look out on the serene waterfront.
The inviting Lake Ontario beachfront features acres of soft sand, shady parks that are ideal for a picnic, bike and rollerblade paths and a 3-km boardwalk. All are beautifully maintained and very popular with the locals. Come people-watch while you soak up the atmosphere. Or work up a sweat along the paths or at one of the many beach volleyball courts. Cool off in the lake or at the Olympic-size swimming pool, before taking a few minutes to stroll up to the main street along Queen Street East.
If ever a street was made for idly sauntering, it’s Queen Street in the Beaches. Reflecting the diversity and easy-going attitudes of the neigbourhood, the bustling thoroughfare is lined with quaint and quirky stores, and a cool collection of bars and restaurants. Nestled between Queen Street and the beach is Kew Gardens, a large public park which is home to the neighbourhood’s many festivals, craft shows, concerts and exhibitions, including the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every July.