If you’re looking for a relaxed neighbourhood that feels like a small resort town, then The Beach (also known as The Beaches) is the place for you. Just a short streetcar ride to the downtown core, this laid-back community feels worlds away from corporate hustle.
Named for its acres of sandy beaches, The Beach is home to a 3km boardwalk along the Lake Ontario shoreline, as well as numerous shady parks, perfect for picnics, and a free Olympic-size swimming pool. Popular with runners, cyclists and walkers, The Beach is also ideal for those who just want to soak up the sun and people watch.
Stroll along Queen Street, the main shopping area, which is home to quaint and quirky stores, bars and restaurants. Visit one of the many festivals, craft shows and concerts, including the Beaches International Jazz Festival held every July.
Homes south of Queen Street are particularly sought after, but those located north of Queen have their own charm, on quiet hilly, tree-lined streets. Most homes were built in the 1920s and 30s, many with large front porches where residents enjoy the summer lake breezes while chatting with passing neighbours.