If the low Canadian dollar is making a trip to the beach south of the border unaffordable, then we have the perfect solution for those in need of a little sand and sunshine. We’ve put together a list of 6, alternative local (to the GTA) beaches for you to check out this summer!


  • Woodbine/Kew/Balmy beaches

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As these three beaches are in close proximity, it made sense to group them together. However, each one is known for their own specialty. For example, Woodbine is the hot spot for beach volleyball. Kew beach is perfect if you are looking for a little less busy experience & it also has an off-leash dog park which is perfect for our four-legged friends! Balmy beach is much more quiet & secluded making it perfect for those seeking even more quiet relaxation!




Known as Toronto’s only nude beach (clothing optional area), Hanlan’s Point also has a less adventurous and less populated than the nude side. It is known have one of the best sands out of all of the Toronto beaches.



  • Sunnyside Beach

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Although, it is not the best beach when it comes to water quality, it is deemed safe to swim but is usually not too busy as it is near the Gus Ryder pool making it another ideal spot to enjoy some quiet R&R.



  • Cherry Beach

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Being one of the coldest beaches with a lot of waves, Cherry Beach is often a popular spot for watching the kite and surf boarders.  With its laid back atmosphere and small wooded area to the north, it is popular with picnickers. It is also known at night as one of the city’s best-loved make out areas.




Located at the bottom of Brimley Road, Bluffer’s Park is one of the steepest hills in the city. The (man-made) beach (at the bottom of the hill) is also known to be one the nicest in the city and a personal favourite having grown up in Scarborough. It is surrounded by the Scarborough Bluffs to the north and provides an ideal place to take photos or to even paint a scene. As parking is limited, it is important to arrive early especially during the weekends in the summer. There are also scenic hiking trails along the bottom and at the top of the Bluffs as well.


Located in close proximity to the Harbourfront Centre, you can sit back in one of the Muskoka chairs or BYOC (bring your own chair) and sit under one of the massive yellow umbrellas for a little rest and relaxation right in the heart of the city.



Have another favourite beach spot in the city that we didn’t mention? Comment below & tell us about it!


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