The Beach or Beaches is located on the east side of the "Old" City of Toronto, from Victoria Park on the east to the CN/GO tracks to the north, Coxwell Avenue on the west, south to the lakeshore of Lake Ontario.
A large number of specialty stores, cafes and restaurants provide shopping and entertainment for mid-range and up-scale clientele. A neighbourhood where executives and artists alike come home to throw on a pair of jeans and head out to enjoy the close knit community. It’s a fantastic urban neighbourhood to put down roots for growing families complete with superb schools and extracurricular programming. The entire Beach is stroller and dog friendly – perfect for getting out and enjoying life.
Many of the original Victorian and Edwardian homes are beautifully preserved in all their glory and romance. But there are also some exciting modern homes mixed into the beautiful tree lined streets too. Making each street a must see walk on a sunny afternoon with an ice cream cone.
There has been endless debate about weather the official term for the area is The Beach or The Beaches. Typically old school Beachers call the area “The Beach” but technically the uninterrupted stretch of shoreline has four different names associated to different sections: starting at the west end with Woodbine Beach, then Kew Beach, then Scarboro Beach and finally Balmy Beach thus “The Beaches”, running from Woodbine Park at the bottom of Coxwell Avenue to R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant (locally known as the water works.
Period photo showing crowds at Scarboro Beach Park in 1907, which, at the time, was a popular amusement park in Toronto from 1907 to 1925. The park originally located between Kew and Balmy beaches, was eventually demolished and subdivided into residential lots, and one of the new streets was named "Scarboro Beach Boulevard".
The Beaches is a prestigious and popular tourist destination for a walk on the boardwalk lined shore of Lake Ontario. Many city dwellers revel in the miles of sandy shoreline, or enjoy sailing from the many local yatch clubs or just hang out at coffee shops, restaurants or specialty shops on Queen Street East. One of the summer attractions is the Beaches Jazz Festival which usually takes place in the third week of July. Queen Street gets closed down for a street party celebration of music where bands from all corners of the international jazz scene play in venues that vary from street corners to the Kew Park Band shell. It’s a summer tradition that’s not to be missed.