Welcome to the Beaches

The Beaches is an aptly named Toronto neighbourhood which is located east of downtown and within Toronto’s Old City. The Beaches moniker comes from the fact that it boasts four continuous beaches, all set on the shores of Lake Ontario. The central area of The Beaches and its primary commercial district is along Queen Street East. Here you’ll find independently owned shops, with new retailers coming into the neighbourhood frequently.

Location

Homes in The Beaches

If you’re searching for homes in The Beaches neighbourhood, you’ll find they come at a premium, but the area offers some of the most architectural diverse homes in all of Toronto. There are Beach cottages built at the end of the 1800s that still stand, as well as homes built during the 1920s and 30s. There’s also a large development of newer homes called The Beach, featuring a wide variety of property styles including detached, semi-detached, town homes and low-rise condos.

Where is The Beaches

The Beaches is located in the east side of the city right by lake Ontario. The central area of The Beaches and its primary commercial district is along Queen Street East.

In terms of public transportation, Queen Street East is the east-west route of streetcars to downtown Toronto, and there are routes along Kingston Road and Gerrard Street East. There are also several bus lines serving the neighbourhood.

Schools in The Beaches

Some of the notable schools in The Beaches neighbourhood include Malvern Collegiate Institute, Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary Schools, Glen Ames Senior Public School and Beaches Alternative School, among many others.

Things to do in The Beaches

The unique stores are accompanied by a range of bars and restaurants, which make the Queen Street East area a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.
This laid-back neighbourhood isn’t lacking in charm thanks to the many beachfront spots, characterised by sandy parks and paths perfect for biking or walking. The beachfront also includes a boardwalk stretching 3 km, and all of the outdoor waterfront areas of the neighbourhood are pristine and well-maintained. Also part of The Beaches community is Kew Gardens, which is a large public park that serves as a venue for a wide variety of festivals, exhibitions, and concerts, one of the most popular of which is the Beaches International Jazz Festival.

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