I have lived in the beaches for about 8 years now and absolutely love it. It is definitely one of the best areas of Toronto and so close to downtown, maybe 5-10 minutes driving but close enough to bike or take transit. The actual beach itself is huge and runs quite far. We paddle board here all the time and love it. Many locals seem to think the water isn't safe to swim in but it's actually cleaner than lakes in Muskoka, or so I've been told by a water quality person here. There's also an app for your phone that shows the E.Coli levels, and they are almost always in the 10-15 range out of 100 being the unsafe limit. Water is so clear can see right to the bottom even when really deep out. Love to paddle board out far and then swim off it. The water is random, one day it will be super freezing then the next it will feel like the ocean. Lots of lifeguards and there's also a dog beach as well (please keep your dogs in the dog beach only! They aren't allowed on the regular beach but people seem to ignore that and no one seems to do anything, oh well!) The main strip of Queen Street is also super cute with lots of nice shops and restaurants. Definitely a must see when in Toronto.
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