Woodbine Beach

Ontario, Canada

Starfish Rating of 3.5

Claim to Fame

Ashbridges Bay, the location of Woodbine Beach, is the place where locals gather to watch fireworks on Canada Day, July 1st, and to celebrate all it means to be Canadian.

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  • Where is it?on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the city of Toronto, on a small curved peninsula that protrudes into Lake Ontario at the foot of Coxwell Avenue
  • Coordinates: latitude» 43.6624°
    longitude» -79.3066°
  • Water Type: freshwater
  • Climate: continental (hot, humid summers; cold, damp winters)
  • Development: heavily built-up urban area; part of major city
  • Length of Beach: .6m/1km
  • Type: beige sand
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Woodbine Beach, until the 1950s, was nothing more than a deserted woodlot on the shores of Lake Ontario. Once Lake Shore Boulevard was extended east, the city became aware of the potential for the area and developed it as a public beach and gorgeous park.

Now an integral part of Toronto’s beach culture and “The Beaches” residential neighborhood, it sits at the very eastern edge of The Beaches and since the demolition of Woodbine Racetrack, converted to an attractive townhouse development, Woodbine Beach is in walking distance to tens of thousands of Torontonians who need a break from the summer heat.

With a small harbor, it’s a boating center, complete with boardwalk that inspires long walks and rollerblading fun. There are many picnic areas with tables under the natural shade of trees. Nearby, there is still an off-track betting facility (where the racetrack was once located) and a short distance up Coxwell Avenue, visitors will find the treasures, sights and sounds (and food!) of “Little India”, an exotic cultural pocket within the big city.

Woodbine Beach is busy and alive with children at the playground, beach volleyball and family pleasures. The swimming is reasonably good here, but it’s the atmosphere, the haven of green trees, sand and lake, that draws people to Woodbine Beach year-round; it feels like a place far away from the city in which it sits.

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