During the development of Toronto, the area known as ‘The Beaches’ had been just a wooded area and swampland, scattered with only a few homes. As it began to expand and develop, a very controversial dispute had become the focal point for the neighbourhood. Locals had termed the area as ‘The Beach’ whereas other residents of the City of Toronto coined the neighbourhood as ‘The Beaches’.
After much debates and a final voting strategy, the City decided on the community name ‘The Beaches’. This could be due in part to the expansion of the initial Woodbine Beach to incorporate other beaches along the shoreline as they were acquired. To date, Woodbine Beach, Balmy Beach, Kew Beach and Scarboro Beach have now been included within ‘The Beaches’, many of which are BLUE flag certified.
The Beaches have been long known as a very appealing place to raise children, with reputable schools and very low crime rate as well as ease of access to other neighbouring communities. It offers suitable residential living for all walks of life, from a blend of Edwardian, Victorian and modern semi-detached and fully detached homes to townhomes and low-rise condominiums. Within some streets of this eclectic neighbourhood, the sense of a small cottage town can felt whereas other streets offer a modern feel.
Although primarily a residential community, this neighbourhood offers a large tourist destination during the summer months. People gather together to experience places such as Kew Gardens, or the Queen Street shopping. The famous boardwalk along the shoreline offers relaxing patios and live music. The Beaches community annually hosts the Beaches International Jazz Festival.
For those looking to live a more active lifestyle, one could easily access activities such as windsurfing on Lake Ontario. Tennis is a common activity, as the community is home to one of the most presented programs in the City. The Olympic size swimming pool is open to the community, as well as offers a diving pool and childrens’ pool for those who choose. A park system can be utilized by locals and tourists alike, running along a ravine or along the waterfront. Access to the Martin Goodman Trail can be made through this community, running along the majority of Toronto’s harbour.
Access to this neighbourhood can be done through the use of the available streetcars that manoeuver to the City’s core or two available subway stations along the Bloor/ Danforth line. Two of Toronto’s secondary arteries run through this neighbourhood, offering those travelling more extensively in and out of the city easy access to many of the major highways. This community offers its residents the unique capability to grow within the community, whether professionals, families or retirees. This neighbourhood offers it all.