Top 10 Beaches in and around Toronto (2020)

Living in the big city Toronto – the heart of Ontario – life can be hectic, and stressful, but fortunately, there isn’t much that a day at the beach can’t fix! It might be hard to find a beach suited for you, your friends, or your family, but luckily enough, we compiled our top 10 beaches in, and around, Toronto, just for you. Now, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Number 10. Sugar Beach

If you live in Toronto, surely you are familiar with Sugar Beach. Located across from Redpath Sugar Refinery in Toronto’s eastern East Bayfront, Sugar Beach has been open for nearly a full decade (opened August 9th, 2010). With its iconic pink umbrellas and lounging chairs, this is a perfect location if you look for fun in the sand, and a nice tan. However, if you’re looking for a place to swim, you may want to look elsewhere, as Sugar Beach doesn’t allow swimming at this urban beach.

Number 9. Bluffer's Park Beach

Bluffer’s Park Beach, similar to Sugar Beach, is located in Toronto. However, unlike Sugar Beach, you are in fact allowed to swim in the water. If you want to bring your dog(s), this beach allows for our furry friends to play on the beach, as well as in the water, provided they stay on leash. This is a great beach to come and have a picnic, cook up a BBQ, or just come for a swim. There are bike/hiking trails available if you want to walk/bike around.

Number 8. Marie Curtis Park

Located at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek on Lake Ontario in the Long Branch neighbourhood, Marie Curtis Park takes our number 8 spot. With the variety of activity Marie Curtis Park offers, you’ll find that you’re never bored there. Throughout the park, you can find an abundance of wildlife, and plants native to the area.

There is a playground, a wading pool, a beach (where you can swim), picnic spots, and walking trails. There is also a fenced off area where you dog can run and play off leash, so there’s something fun for you, your family, and even your dog. If you’re looking for a quiet, less crowded beach away from the craziness, Marie Curtis Park is perfect for you.

Number 7. Crystal Beach

Located at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek on Lake Ontario in the Long Branch neighbourhood, Marie Curtis Park takes our number 8 spot. With the variety of activity Marie Curtis Park offers, you’ll find that you’re never bored there. Throughout the park, you can find an abundance of wildlife, and plants native to the area.

There is a playground, a wading pool, a beach (where you can swim), picnic spots, and walking trails. There is also a fenced off area where you dog can run and play off leash, so there’s something fun for you, your family, and even your dog. If you’re looking for a quiet, less crowded beach away from the craziness, Marie Curtis Park is perfect for you.

Number 6. Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach, a town located at the southern end of the Georgian Bay, is most well known for its canoe routes on the Nottawasaga River. It also has several beach areas, footpaths, and cycle trails crisscrossing through the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park – home to plenty of wildlife.

Although it sounds peaceful, it tends to attract a lot of visitors and tourists, since it is quite a popular beach. You have to pick your days carefully, but you can get lucky and land a relatively peaceful day. However, if you want a peaceful weekend at the beach, it may be hard to find at Wasaga Beach.

Number 5. Kew-Balmy Beach

Kew-Balmy Beach is a nice, clean beach in Toronto; the perfect place to spend a nice summer day. There are plenty of activities, such as: kayaking, swimming, cycling, running or just laying down and relaxing in front of the clean blue water. There is a well-maintained boardwalk, which is great for a stroll and has a dedicated bike lane.

There are quite a few places nearby to get a bite to eat, and they’re just a quick walk away. Tons of sitting area, clean, boardwalk is long and wide to accommodate large crowds. You can walk the whole stretch of the boardwalk and enjoy the different parts of the beach. There is also an enclosed dog park, so your dog can also have some fun and meet new friends. This is a great social beach, not too crowded, but it attracts quite a few people.

Number 4. Grand Bend Beach

Grand Bend Beach, located in Lambton Shores, is an Ontario favorite. Anyone from Ontario can say they’ve at least heard of Grand Bench Beach, well known for its clear, blue waters, paired with calming sands, it will give you the feeling of a carribean ocean. Nearby is Pinery Provincial Park, so if you look to book a vacation, look no further.

A week camping, sleeping walking distance from the beach is just the destresser so many of us need. Even if you visit for a day, Grand Bend Beach is a must see. Although it is a popular beach, there will always be space for you to put down a few towels and set up for the day. There may be a lot of people, but it isn’t typically a party beach, and isn’t too loud either. This is a must see beach, at least once.

Number 3. Cherry Beach

Cherry Beach, originally Clarke Beach Park, is a lakeside beach park located in Toronto, Ontario. A nice beach, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun. There is a large open area for your dogs to go off leash and fenced off from roads, so you can let them roam free, without worry. On weekends, it can get a little crazy, so if you’re looking for a more hyped and energetic atmosphere, this is certainly the beach for you.

Number 2. Turkey Point Beach

Turkey Point beach, located in Turkey Point, is a beautiful beach, absolutely spectacular, and you’ll regret missing it. Turkey Point Beach is near Turkey Point Provincial Park, where you can do day visit, or book camping and go to the beach by foot. This is not only a beautiful beach and park, it also doesn’t get too busy.

This is one of the calmer beaches you can visit, doesn’t get crowded, unless it’s a holiday. Even on weekends, this is a mellow beach, you can come and truly relax. If you like napping on the beach, this is a great napping beach, with no music, and enough space from the water, you can calmly fall asleep to the sound of rolling waves.

Number 1. Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks beach, which is part of Sandbank Provincial Park, is one of the best beaches you can visit. This provincial park in Prince Edward, Ontario, is the perfect place to go to relax and tan in the sun.

The sand will make you feel as though you’ve left Ontario altogether, and you’re on a beach far away from the city and urbanisation. You can come visit for the day, or if you decide to go camping in the provincial park, you can wake up every morning and walk to the beach, like an out-of-country vacation.

We hope to have helped you find a nice beach to go and relax on. Let us know which beach you’re most excited to go visit! Feel free to share on social media or send to your friends/family so you can plan a beach day together!