Toronto Beaches 101

Sugar Beach

Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the rhythm of the city and you forget that Toronto is right on the lake. Many of the beaches in Toronto are recognized for maintaining high environmental standards and high water quality.  Here are the Greenrock Property Management team’s picks for the best beaches in Toronto.


Sunnyside Beach


For a trip to the beach that feels like a trip back in time, head to Sunnyside beach. The pavilion at the beach was built in 1922 and a visit can make you feel like you’re back in that age. If the water is too cold, take a dip in the nearby Gus Ryder outdoor pool. You can access the beach at Parkside Drive south of Lakeshore by TTC with access points at Colbourne Lodge, Parkside or Roncesvalles. Sunnyside is safe for swimming when the green flags are up. The beach here is mostly sandy but fairly rocky in the water.


Sugar Beach


This is not a spot to swim but a perfect place to catch some rays and people watch. Once upon a time, Sugar Beach was an industrial area that’s been converted into an urban beach space on Toronto’s waterfront.  Although Sugar Beach doesn’t have any direct access to the lake, the beach is dotted with pink beach umbrellas and white Muskoka chairs; be warned, these prime spots go fast! Sugar Beach is located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street south of dQueens Quay.


Woodbine Beach


This is a three-kilometre stretch of sandy beachfront. This isn’t the spot for peace and quiet as it’s always buzzing with people.  The beaches at Woodbine are wide, sandy, supervised by lifeguards and full of people.  This is likely the most popular beach in the city, and it offers a ton of beach volleyball courts, an outdoor pool and ample space for beachside activities. Take the 92 Woodbine bus or the 501 streetcar for access to Woodbine. For those trekking by car, there’s a large parking lot at Ashbridges Bay Park.


Hanlan’s Point Beach


For those that feel daring, head to the clothing-optional section of this beach on Toronto Island. Nudity is optional on the beach but there is also a more ‘modest’ section. The beach here has beautiful sand dunes and the island paths keep visitors connected to the rest of the island. Access the beach from the foot of Bay Street or by Water Taxi. (Check out our Toronto Apps for the Summer blog for more on the Toronto Ferry Finder App.)

Toronto Beach Water Quality


No matter the beach, it’s easy to stay up to date on Toronto beach water quality. Throughout the summer months, the City of Toronto monitors and posts water quality testing results on the beaches in the GTA.  Before you and the family head to the beach, check out the website or download the Toronto Beaches App, available for both iOS and Android operating systems.


Which spots on Lake Ontario are your favourite beaches?  We encourage you to make the most of summer in this amazing city. Greenrock at Davisville VillageVillage Green or Wingreen Court have bachelor, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments that are the perfect place to call home. Contact Greenrock Property Management about availabilities in our apartment communities.