Life in The Toronto Beaches
Residents joke that you can’t live in The Beach without a dog, or kids...and preferably both.
But that's not all that makes the area unique. The Beach boasts large parks, excellent schools, city-run and private daycare providers, and community centers with private and city-run programs for all ages.
And, if you were wondering...The Beach does have one of the highest dog ownership rates in the G.T.A. at nearly 70% (with enough dog parks for all!).
The Boardwalk and Nearby Parks
It's no surprise that many local activities take place along the 3km boardwalk and sandy shoreline.
Boating, kite boarding, SUP - stand up paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking, beach volleyball tournaments, running, biking and inline skating (with or without strollers) are all common sights.
Locals and visitors alike appreciate and use the many parks, local ravine and waterfront trails.
Some of the most popular beach and boardwalk activities include:
- Giant Kite Flying (Kiteboarding)
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding : a great little store called Beach Toyz sells all the grownup toys for beach and cottage life.
- Jet Skiing
- Swimming and Sunbathing
- Wind Surfing
Local Festivals and Activities in The Toronto Beaches
Long established Beach Community events are always well attended by local residents and visitors. Some of the most popular:
- The Beaches Jazz Festival
- Christmas and Easter Parade
- The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
- The Beaches Arts and Crafts Show
- The Beach Studio Tour
- The huge ‘Yard Sale for the Cure’ in Kew Park
- Doors Open Toronto Beaches Walking Tour
Eating Out and Shopping in The Toronto Beaches
It is no wonder that Queen Street East in The Beach was awarded the "best small-town Main Street in Ontario" by TV Ontario a few years ago.
There are now more than 350 businesses running along Queen Street East, from three blocks west of Woodbine Avenue over to Toronto's Art Deco gem, the R.C. Harris Waterworks.
Further north in the Upper Beaches, Kingston Road Village is rapidly growing as a secondary retail and commercial hub, housing cafés, flower shops, specialty retailers, antique dealers, small boutiques and increasingly, artist and artisan studios.
Some of the most popular local gems include:
- Murphy's Law
- The Garden Gate Restaurant (affectionately known as "The Goof")
- The Fox Theatre
Parks in The Toronto Beaches
- Kew Gardens at 2075 Queen Street East and Woodbine Park at 1695 Queen Street East feature wonderful flowerbeds, picnic areas, sandy beaches and playgrounds. The northern end of both parks play host to annual Jazz Festival musicians.
- The large D.D. Summerville outdoor Olympic Pool, Children’s Pool and Diving Pool links Kew and Woodbine Beaches.
- Ashbridges Bay Park at Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue is divided into the park proper, the Toronto Beaches Skatepark and the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club.
- Cassels Park at 69 Cassels Avenue is in the Upper Beach and offers a playground, splash pad, and dog park.
- The locals call it "the Purple Park" – nestled under the tall trees at the foot of Silverbirch Avenue right on the lake, next to the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Some will say that the sandpit full of a rotating variety of donated Tonka trucks and other toys is the main feature.
Recreation Centres in The Toronto Beaches
- Williamson Road Community Centre with an indoor pool, gyms, a weight room and programs for all interests and age groups.
- Adam Beck Community Centre offers a multitude of programs in sports, arts, crafts, dance, cooking and fitness.
- Ted Reeve Arena and Park offer a wading pool, playground, sports field and indoor skating rink and hockey leagues for all ages.
Schools and Day Cares in The Toronto Beaches
Not only do neigbourhood schools score above provincial and city averages, they also have some incredible extra-curricular activities.
The Future of The Toronto Beach Community and Real Estate
Home values are expected to continue to rise steadily but not exponentially over the next few years, as prices overall are already on the high side and demand is fairly level.
We expect to see more upscale, low-rise (up to six storey) condominium buildings to meet the demand of local empty nesters that want to stay in the neighbourhood but don’t want the upkeep of a freehold home.
Potential run-away over development is being curbed by local architectural preservation groups who are very active in keeping the scale of buildings in the spirit of existing street fronts.
The Beach has become one of Toronto's favourite destination neighbourhoods, yet after all these years the Beach has still retained its strong community roots.
Finding the Perfect Home in The Toronto Beaches
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