The top five beaches in Toronto to enjoy this summer

Toronto does have some great beaches and with summer nearing the end, it’s a great way to enjoy the last weeks of summer.  Pack your bag, grab some snacks, and head to these top five sandy spots.


Hanlan’s Point

If you’re a GTA native or have been living in the area for a while, you probably know that Hanlan’s Point has a secret: there’s a nude section to this beach. But, if you don’t feel like bearing that post-quarantine body quite yet, there’s also a large expanse of beach that requires bathing suits.


Cherry Beach

Beloved by teenagers looking to find a secluded spot, Cherry Beach is also ideal for water sports or hanging out in a space that offers a few shadier areas. You can bring your kiteboard or surfboard to this beach and test out the water, or you can bring a portable barbecue and enjoy some burgers beachside.


Sunnyside Beach


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Check the water report before you decide to swim at Sunnyside (it can be iffy at times), but if you want a sparse area to spread out, this may be the beach for you. Sunnyside doesn’t get as packed as other beaches in the area and is great for reading a book, listening to the water, or taking a beach nap.


Centre Island Beach


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You have to take a ferry to get to Centre Island, but it’s a mere 15-minute boat ride from downtown making it a great and close escape. Despite being close to the city, Centre Island feels like it’s a world away and brings all the beach vibes with it.


Kew-Balmy Beach


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If you have a dog, you may want to check out the off-leash dog park at Kew-Balmy Beach. Otherwise, this beach is a great way to spend the day because it offers a nice boardwalk to traverse and plenty of sand to spread out on.

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