The Top Beaches of Toronto Photo Essay

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Seagulls of Toronto Eastern beach
Enjoy the summer sunbathing at one of the Eastern beaches

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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by talented photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let's have a look at Toronto through the lens of Viera Prievozníková!

Take a look at our photos introducing even more beautiful Toronto beaches!

The City of Toronto is on the top of the list of Canadian cities with the most environmentally friendly beaches - almost all of its swimming beaches passed with the internationally recognized eco-award, Blue Flag! A favourite spot for the whole family, people flock to these sandy oases for recreation not just during the summer.

1. Colonel Samuel Smith Beach

This beach is just a few miles South from Downtown Toronto and is enjoyed by the locals who prefer less crowded places away from the big city. In fact, you will still feel close enough - from some point you'll get a perfect view of the whole Downtown with the iconic CN Tower and Toronto skyscrapers! A former getaway station for Victorian Torontonians, there is a lot to do on the beach or in the large Colonel Samuel Smith Park - scenic hiking trail, access to Lake Ontario,  kid's playgrounds, picnic grounds or birdwatching near the waterfront are just a few to be mentioned.

Downtown Toronto skyline
View of Downtown Toronto from Colonel Samuel Smith Park
Pathway Info Colonel Samuel Smith Park
Hiking trail info points in the Colonel Samuel Smith Park
Colonel Samuel Smith Beach
Small beaches are dog friendly, so don't be afraid to take your pet with you!
Colonel Samuel Smith Beach Docks
When you spot the sailing docks, you can easily forget it's actually a lake.
Sailing at Lake Ontario
There are only a few things in summer that beat sailing at Lake Ontario!
Dog swim in Ontario
 

2. The Beaches

One of the most popular waterfront entertainment spots is located on the east side of the "Old" City of Toronto, starting from Coxwell east to Victoria Park. The Beaches offer several kilometers of boardwalk lined by beautiful sandy beaches. If you're a sports fan or just like to live an active life, this is the perfect spot for you! Many volleyball grounds, pathways for roller skates, facilities renting gear for water sports; this vibrant community has been a great summer resort for a while. A portion of the Martin Goodman Trail bike path runs parallel to the boardwalk. Do you like challenge? Get registered for the Heatwave Volleyball Tournament! The commercial district is renowned for many specialty stores.

Beach Volleyball Match Eastern Beaches
Take your friends for a match of beach volleyball at the Eastern Beaches.
Beach Volleyball Court
Beach Volleyball in the Lake Ontario
Water sports at Eastern beaches
Do you prefer water sports? You'll find great conditions here.
Woodbine Bathing Station
 This is truly great beach to take your whole family, just a short drive away!
Kids Playground on the beach
Kids will have enough space to play while you can relax after a hard week.

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Take a look at our photos from Toronto beaches in our second Photo Essay introducing even more Toronto beaches!

Meet the Photographer

Viera Prievoznikova

Viera Prievozníková

Viera studies marketing communication. She has been devoted to documentary photography and fine art photography for 2 years. Amongst other styles, Viera is fond of street photography, portrait photography and art nude photography. Viera uses street photography to draw people's attention to things often overlooked in everyday life.

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