The Best Locations Along Toronto’s Waterfront

As the weather is getting warmer and the semester is drawing to a close, the need for some fresh air is becoming more frequent every day. There are so many amazing places in Toronto to get outside and explore, but one prominent location is the shores of Lake Ontario. 


We are very fortunate to live in a city with a beautiful waterfront that spans over 100 kilometres. Throughout the vast stretch of shoreline there are many unique and outstanding places that should be on every Torontonian’s bucket list to visit this season. 


Here are some of the top locations along Toronto’s Waterfront.

1. Ontario Place

A short walk from the downtown core, Ontario Place is an amazing location on the Waterfront. It has a great walking trail, Trillium Park, the famous Cinesphere, a drive-in, and activities ranging from basketball to paddle boating. Not to mention great views of the city and one of the best sunrise and sunset spots.

2. Tommy Thompson Park/Leslie Street Spit

This peninsula in the east end is home to a beautiful natural park with 10 kilometres of trails to walk, run, or bike. Definitely worth a visit to this unique urban wilderness. With amazing views of the skyline, it’s also a top sunrise destination.

3. Toronto Island

A 13-minute ferry ride away, Toronto Island is a top waterfront destination all year round. With beautiful trails to walk, run, or bike, you can make your way through the 5 kilometre island stopping at any of the three beaches or six restaurants.

4. Toronto Music Garden

The city’s most enchanted location on the outskirts of the downtown core. The beautiful greenery of the music garden magically transports you out of the city. Enjoy live music performances in the summertime with fantastic views (although it’s an at home edition this year).

5. Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe

This bustling beachfront property in the west end offers a great patio, summer beach activities, and is directly beside the famous Sunnyside outdoor pool. A great place to stop along the waterfront trail.

6. Humber Bay Arch

An iconic Toronto waterfront landmark, this beautiful spot offers not only spectacular city views, but connects you to the waterfront and Humber Bay trails spanning throughout the city.

7. East End Beaches

From the urban Sugar Beach and Cherry Beach to the iconic Woodbine Beach, Toronto’s east end has several beautiful options to explore along the shoreline. Swimming, sun bathing, volleyball, or even surfing are all popular activities.

8. Scarborough Bluffs

The east end Bluffs make you feel like you’re in another country. Amazing hiking trails offer spectacular views with crystal clear blue water. Toronto’s own mini Tobermory. Definitely worth the trip out there.

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