The Beaches, known to locals as “The Beach” is a great neighbourhood to visit all year-round, but especially more so in the summer.
The boardwalk, stretching for hours, has some of the best views of Lake Ontario, with buskers and artists selling their goods on hot summer days. Located 15 minutes via streetcar east of the downtown core, the area’s main strip is Queen Street East, which has antique shops as well as specialty and one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Visit Licks Burgers, www.lickshomeburgers.com, located at 1962 Queen Street East for a quick bite. A local institution for the over 30 years, I’ve been eating burgers and ice cream here for decades and am never disappointed.
The boardwalk goes through four different beaches, two of which are certified for cleanliness and swimming: Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach are always filled with sunbathers as soon as summer hits. I’ve taken many long walks on the trails, and on a few occasions, I’ve walked from the east end of the city to the west end, in about roughly four hours.
There are parks near the boardwalk as well, with trails, a playground, water park, boat launch and a marina.
From Queen or Osgoode subway station, take the Queen streetcar 501 east.
1960 Queen Street East, M4L 1H8
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