Toronto isn’t typically known for its beaches and sandy, picturesque landscapes. First time visitors often expect total city living – towering skyscrapers, beeping horns, plenty of suits, and people running from A to B. Thanks to the great weather, we wanted to see some more relaxed (and slightly sandier) regions of the GTA. For this very reason, we explored Toronto’s beaches after an awesome week seeing the city and Toronto Islands.
The Beaches, Toronto
We spent our first few hours initially catching up, before hopping on a streetcar. The streetcar is also a super cool and unique way of seeing the city. This way, we travelled up to Toronto’s iconic area of The Beaches, known for its four beaches along Lake Ontario. I was told this is a little like Vancouver’s chic Kitsilano district, and I could totally see some similarities.
We walked the length of the beach, taking in the views and the variety of people enjoying a hard afternoon’s sunbathe. Actually, we were a little surprised at how blue the water was and how far it stretched for a lake! Not bad for a Toronto beach.
Reaching the end of the beach, we hopped up across some rocks. There’s a little trail that runs alongside the water offering some great views, as well as a few pesky mosquitoes.
Satisfied we’d seen the beach and melting under the powerful sun, we went back to the townhouse for a relaxing evening.
We hadn’t quite had our beach fix for the week! Therefore, I’m introducing beautiful Scarborough Bluffs. It’s an escarpment in Scarborough dishing out amazing views across iconic Lake Ontario. A few days after our trip to The Beaches, we Ubered over to explore the neighbourhood. The entire Scarborough Bluffs area sprawls with charming houses and idyllic streets.
Unfortunately, the view upon arrival wasn’t quite what we had expected! A thick layer of mist was concealing the famous views we arrived for.
We kept wondering to see what else was around. Having spoken to a few locals, they recommended heading down to the Harbour at Bluffers Park and grabbing a bite to eat at The Dogfish. Therefore, we hopped on a bus and headed down for souvlaki and fish and chips.
Bluffers Park Beach
Our server promised the mist would soon lift as the climate is completely different to the clifftops, so we waited it out. We were also told to go and visit the beach down the road (Bluffers Park Beach), apparently one of the best in Ontario. Feeling a little sceptical beforehand, we were pretty surprised to see such beautiful water at the beach!
Having had a quick paddle, we headed back up to the clifftops in the hopes that the mist had cleared by now. Conveniently, there’s a bus stop at the end of the beach to take guests back up there. With a little bit of luck, the fog had cleared!
The views were truly beautiful and certainly worth a visit (try to pick a clear afternoon!) Unfortunately, visitors can’t get too close to the cliff for obvious reasons, but we found a few spots to grab a picture.
As you can see, it’s a truly beautiful spot with some lovely views across the sailboats on the lake. If you’re looking for a relaxing spot outside the city, I’d highly recommend checking out Toronto’s beaches: The Beaches, Bluffers Park Beach or Scarborough Bluffs. Let me know where you go!
Have you explored Toronto’s beaches?