The top five beaches in Toronto to enjoy this summer

Toronto does have some great beaches that, with any luck, will be open to the public this year. While the beaches in and near the city aren’t as breathtaking as those in Mexico or Cuba, you can escape to a beach nearby for an afternoon of relaxing fun this 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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