Sunnyside Beach

Ontario, Canada

Starfish Rating of 3.5

Claim to Fame

Staggering Art Deco architecture in the pavilion and other buildings; this beach area was developed after a 1910 plan, and has a long, colorful role in Toronto’s history.

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  • Where is it?on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the city of Toronto, on Humber Bay at Lake Shore Boulevard West and High Park, west of Parkside Drive
  • Coordinates: latitude» 43.6375°
    longitude» -79.4564°
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Climate: continental (hot, humid summers; cold, damp winters)
  • Development: heavily built-up urban area; part of major city
  • Length of Beach:
  • Type: beige sand
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On the sunny side of Lake Ontario, Sunnyside Beach is aptly named and has been a draw for Toronto residents and tourists since it opened a decade after the turn of the 20th century. The original buildings, such as the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion and the local Palais Royale (former dance hall) have been restored and refurbished to ensure their longevity as architectural marvels from a time when Toronto wasn’t in such a building mode as it had been in the late Victoria era.

A boardwalk spans the beach, making it an ideal spot for strolling and cooling off in the summer thanks to lively lake breezes. The pavilion has a café with boardwalk patio and tea garden. Food vendors operate kiosks all along Sunnyside Beach and the boardwalk, offering hot dogs, ice cream and even iced lattes! There is a distinct feel of yesteryear at this beach.

Close to the elite Boulevard Club with its tennis, banquet and mooring facilities, it’s not surprising that the waters just off Sunnyside Beach are littered with boats; this is a favorite part of Lake Ontario for canoeing, rowing and dragon-boat racing.

Although the fabulous amusement park was demolished in 1955 to make way for a major city highway system, the beach remains amusing, offering beach volleyball, swimming, sunbathing and dancing… Yes, the Palais Royale still hosts occasional dances, harkening back to its heyday.

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