Toronto's Waterfront - The Beach

Welcome to Toronto's  The Beach neighborhood. Located on the east side of "Old Toronto", it fits inside the boundaries of Kingston Road, Victoria Park Ave., Woodbine Ave., and Lake Ontario. Originally heavily wooded and spotted with homes, the area's popularity grew in the 1900's and land was appropriated for parks, boardwalks, and public gardens.  

If you've got the time and the energy, this tour is made for walking. You'll find beautiful historic neighborhoods, heritage buildings, and an opportunity to see how history always finds a way into contemporary life. And of course we can't leave out the actual beach.

Take time to check out the famous Leuty Lifeguard Station, or the R.C. Harris Water Treatment facility - the setting for numerous films and the famous Michael Ondaatje novel, In the Skin of a Lion. Finish off a the local pub for some food on one of Toronto's best outdoor patios. A camera's not a bad idea either. 

To read more about Toronto's well-storied waterfront be sure to check out The Beach: An Illustrated History From the Lake to Kingston Road by Glenn and Jean Cochrane and Along the Shore by Jane Fairburn. Both construct a brilliant context for this exciting walkabout.  

Other Tours to Consider:  

Toronto's Waterfront - The Island

Toronto's Waterfront - The Bluffs


Travel Instructions

 Remember my address for next time