Families flock to Centre Island Beach on the eastern shores of Toronto Island. Facing Lake Ontario, the area is accessible by ferry or water taxi. Despite being only fifteen minutes from downtown Toronto, you’ll feel like you’ve left town once you hit the sandy shores and clear blue water crashing against the shore (worry not, a rock breakwater is in place to keep kids safe). The Blue Flag beach is also home to a pier and offers lockers and changing rooms. The best part of it all? The Centreville Theme Park is close by.
The beach scene in Toronto is seasonal, as swimming in the frigid winter is probably not how you want to spend your day. But when the sun shines and temperatures rise, tourists and locals alike flock to the best beaches in Toronto.
There are many sandy shores and splashing waves to choose from and several local beaches boast Blue Flag certification, an eco-friendly designation bestowed upon clean, accessible marinas and beaches that meet safety and water quality standards. Beware, though, if your eco-friendliness is of utmost importance, you should know that heavy rains and high water levels in Lake Ontario are often behind failures of local water quality standards. During those less-than-ideal beach days, we suggest you take the time to explore local attractions, delicious restaurants and, of course, awesome theatre offerings.
Let’s think positive, though! Put on those bathing suits and get ready to tan and swim your way around the very best beaches around this Canadian gem of a city.