The Beaches (also known as "The Beach") is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is so named because of its four beaches situated on Lake Ontario. It is located east of downtown within the "Old" City of Toronto. The correct name of this neighbourhood is debated for a long time. The Beach is more historically accurate, better known to the long-term residents, but The Beaches is just more used nowadays and is recognized more by the non-residents.
The Beaches area with its large parks has become one of Toronto's playgrounds by the lake, attracting many summer cottagers to the area. Over the years The Beach has emerged as one of Toronto's most popular neighbourhoods. On most weekends, the sidewalks are so packed with strollers and dog-walkers that it can be hard to navigate through this beautiful, tightly knit community!
The Boardwalk along Lake Ontario
Queen Street is the major shopping district, with many of the stores and restaurants having a beach motif. The restaurants and dining on the Queen St. East stretch is plentiful! Have brunch, a beer or dinner in any of these places or have a treat in any cafes.
The neighbourhood boasts a great deal of colour: Colourful signs, store fronts, homes and people. And they are not just on Queen Street East, there is also plenty to do up on Kingston Road, including pubs, stores and coffee shops.
The Real Estate Scoop
The Beach has the greatest variety of architectural house styles of any Toronto neighbourhood. The charm of these homes, mostly built during the 20's and 30's, is accentuated by the tree-lined streets that wind their way down to the lake. Many of the original frame Beach cottages built in the latter half of the 1800's and the early 1900's have been modernized and are still standing today, often with elaborate floral displays in the summer created by the house-proud residents.