There's been some good news this week for Torontonians craving a summer. As most people have been largely stuck inside for most of the last three months, residents could be forgiven for getting a little restless as the weather improves. But, fortunately, six Toronto beaches are reopening for swimming later this month.

The city's beaches have been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but lifeguards have not been in place and the strong advice has been that the public should not swim.

On Monday, June 8, Ontario announced it would be reopening its remaining beaches across the province in areas that are ready to enter stage two of recovery.

While Toronto is not one of those regions, Mayor John Tory announced the SwimTO program on Wednesday.

As part of that unveiling, Tory noted that as well as outdoor pools in the city gearing up to reopen, safety personnel will be returning to six of the city's popular beaches as of Monday, June 22.

That allows the public to resume swimming again in the heat of summer, as long as they maintain proper physical distancing and other health measures recommended by medical staff.

So, if you've been desperate for a dip, get ready to grab your swimsuit and trunks, because it's finally nearly time.

Just be warned that not all facilities may be open at these beaches come June 22.

Bluffer's Park Beach

Price: Free

Address: 1 Brimley Rd. S., Scarborough, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Scarborough Bluffs are one of the most famously gorgeous parts of Toronto even when you've been allowed to go and see them. This year, the beach will probably look even better after all this time.


Cherry/Clarke Beach

Price: Free

Address: 1 Cherry St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Cherry Beach Clarke Beach Park is another picturesque spot you simply have to rediscover. The City says parking should be available, and this spot is also regarded as a magical place to watch the sunset.


Kew-Balmy Beach

Price: Free

Address: 1 Beech Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Considered more of an under-the-radar beach spot than others like the Bluffs, this area is no less beautiful. The Martin Goodman Trail runs through the nearby park parallel to the boardwalk and beach along the shore of Lake Ontario.


Marie Curtis Park East Beach

Price: Free

Address: Marie Curtis Park, Etobicoke, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located in a gorgeous spot at the mouth of the Etobicoke Trail, this spot is part sandy beach, part leafy green park. There's so much day-out potential here, including swimming.


Sunnyside Beach

Price: Free

Address: 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Just 15 minutes' drive from Marie Curtis Park, Etobicoke offers another stunning lakefront escape. It's a historically popular spot for swimmers and once you visit, you'll understand why. Just beware of crowds!


Woodbine Beach

Price: Free

Address: 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: The largest of the four beaches in Toronto's Beaches region, Woodbine was famous for swimming and sunbathing long before its fox family was hitting headlines.



We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

 

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