The Beach - Toronto Neighbourhood

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The Beaches (also known as "The Beach") is a neighbourhood in Toronto. It is a popular tourist destination as a desirable neighbourhood with some homes exceeding $1M.


Queen Street East in the Beaches

A large commerical section Queen Street East passes through the Beaches community. There are a large number of independent speciality stores.

The side streets are mostly lined with semi-detached and large-scale Victorian, Edwardian and new-style houses. There are also low-rise apartment buildings and a few row-houses.

Beach area

The Beach is a stretch of sandy shoreline from the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant to the east and Woodbine Park /Ashbridges Bay to the west. A long boardwalk runs along most of its length and a portion of the Martin Goodman Trail bike path running parallel.

The beach actually consists of 4 beaches: Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach. All beaches are relatively safe for swimming.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a mid-sized park in the Beaches. It runs from Queen Street to Lake Ontario, and includes a bandstand for concerts. In July, the neighbourhood celebrates the Beaches International Jazz Festival, drawing thousands of tourists to the area.

Public Transit

  • Queen Street East (route 501)
  • Kingston Road (routes 502 and 503)
  • Gerrard Street East (route 506)
  • Woodbine Avenue to Woodbine subway station (route 92)
  • Coxwell Avenue from Coxwell subway station


  • Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School: Victoria Park Avenue, just south of Kingston Road
  • Notre Dame High School: Malvern Avenue, just north of Kingston Road
  • Glen Ames Senior Public School: Williamson Road, two blocks south of the intersection of Main Street and Kingston Road
  • Adam Beck Junior Public School: one block north of Kingston Road
  • Balmy Beach Community School: Pine Avenue and Beech Avenue
  • Kew Beach Junior Public School: Queen Street East at Kippendavie, one block east of Woodbine Avenue
  • Kimberley Junior Public School: Main Street and Swanwick Avenue in the "Upper Beaches".
  • Norway Junior Public School: Kingston Road, one block east of Woodbine in the "Upper Beaches"
  • Williamson Road Junior Public School: Williamson Road near Main and Kingston


  • City Councillor: Mary-Margaret McMahon
  • Federal M.P.: Matthew Kellway
  • Provincial M.P.P.: Michael Prue


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