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The Beaches

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Address: 167 Wineva Ave. | At Queen St. E., Toronto, Ontario M4E 2T5, Canada
Phone Number: 416-694-3702
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Undiscovered by tourists, this quaint neighborhood is home to an...

Undiscovered by tourists, this quaint neighborhood is home to an academic crowd and contains trendy antique stores and restaurants.

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Fun, Sun and sea (well, the lake)

Lived here for five years - a stone's throw from Woodbine Beach. Great little restaurants and bars. Funky shops along Queen Street (one end of one of the world's best streetcar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

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English first
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lived here for five years - a stone's throw from Woodbine Beach. Great little restaurants and bars. Funky shops along Queen Street (one end of one of the world's best streetcar rides). Just walking the boardwalk for a couple of miles along the lakeshore. Relax!

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County Galway, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can I say, Torontoians really over rate this place. Went twice with different crowds and just found it unenjoyable. Like the water is freezing in the height of summer, pretentious people walking around posing, just a no for me

Thank AstonAidan
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited The Beaches in T.O, many times. Another lovely spot that is free to the public. Swim, sunbathe, walk, bike, or play volleyball. The Beaches has it all.

Thank yummyat70
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit if you want a leisure, fun outing with family and friends. It is a short drive from downtown along the Lakeshore Blvd or via the QEW east. It is also accessible by the Queen streetcar right into the heart of the beach area. On the west end it is a real beach with... More 

Thank CanadaSky
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185 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to wander at any time of the year. I particularly love it in the fall as the crowds are fewer, and it is an old established area with beautiful colours in the fall. The biggest bonus is that Lake Ontario lies right at your feet so this place is a real gem in the city!

Thank Donna_B51
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Perhaps it was the cool temperature, perhaps the wind, but the beach goers rugged up in their hoodies and blankets, sitting on gravel flying their kites, without even slightly moving from their deck chairs, was just sad. At least the sun was shining. Idioms don't apply here (a beach by any other name ...)

Thank mareaj2014
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Frequently visit there, places come and go so has had it's ups and downs and now is on the downside but improving. International restaurants galore, pubs, bars, bakeries, artsy shops, clothing, salons and retail for all budgets. Summertime has the close by boardwalk benefit. Could use a couple of finer dining options, and get rid of chain stores and restaurants.... More 

Thank tripopinonsw
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a great locale for experiencing Lake Ontario, the sandy beach, and the Boardwalk--great any time of year for a taste of nature on the edge of downtown Toronto. The main street, Queen Street East, is lined with coffee shops, restaurants, women's and men's clothing shops and bakeries. Take the Queen Streetcar from downtown and enjoy one of Toronto's... More 

Thank Holly G
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Quaint shopping and dining ... views are amazing and a walk along the boardwalk is an experience like no other !

Thank walterel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We really enjoyed just relaxing here, and it was easy to get to. There is lots of space to either sit down or run around (or sunbathe).

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The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that team up to make this district one of the most multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets, tree-lined and bursting at the seams with affluence, often sport farmers markets and street artists, epitomized by the effusive St. Lawrence Market. One of the most gorgeous of Toronto's neighborhoods, it also straddles Lake Ontario in an area called The Beach, where you'll find folks cycling and strolling along the sandy shorelines, getting some sun or enjoying shopping, dining, and pub options. For some fabulous food, the vivacious personalities running the restaurants in the East End's Greektown is only equaled by the fun and authenticity of the street stalls and restaurants at its expansive Indian Bazaar. 'Something for everyone' has never been so accurate.
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