- and rightly so. This resort-town-within-a-city is a wonderful destination for a summer’s day, and the perfect location to call home year-round.

First off, there are the beaches. Soak up the lakeside atmosphere at Woodbine, Kew and Balmy beach. Walk all three along the iconic boardwalk, or pick one and settle in for a day of swimming, people watching and catching a few rays.

Woodbine is the busiest, but also the most fun. Soft sand, great beach volleyball and sun-worshippers aplenty make it a warm-weather hot spot.

Then there’s Kew Beach, just to the east of Woodbine. The sand is a little rockier, but the atmosphere is definitely more laid-back.

Finally, the easternmost Balmy Beach is the most serene. If you’re looking for a little quiet time by the water without a lot of people around, this is the place to go.

There’s plenty to do beyond the sand, too. Visit the cafes and boutiques along Queen, kick back in Kew Gardens, or take in some tunes at the annual Beaches Jazz Fest in Woodbine Park.

Kew Gardens is a large park that stretches from Queen to Kew Beach. A popular community hub, it’s home to tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a wading pool, a winter skating rink and a bandstand. And there are a number of other parks in the area – Ashbridge’s Bay and the popular Martin Goodman Trail are close by for running, cycling, taking the dog for a stroll, or just hanging out.
And then there’s glorious Queen Street. Recently named one of Ontario’s best small town main streets, this sweet stretch might be in the heart of a big city, but it has all the charm and friendliness of a small town. From restaurants and coffee shops to great stores and quirky boutiques, you’ll find everything you need within steps of home.

The Beaches International Jazz Festival is a huge draw for music lovers from across the city. Featuring an incredible variety of performances on four stages, it’s three days of fun, food and amazing tunes.

The iconic Kew Beach Fire Hall is Heartwood’s neighbour. Built in 1905, the heritage structure has housed generations of firefighters and still serves this busy, evolving community. Built in the Amsterdam style, it features a stepped roof and an 80-foot tower that was originally used for hanging hoses out to dry post-use.

1887 Queen Street East,
just east of Woodbine

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