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Mock the Heat From one of Toronto's Awesome Swimming Spots

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Sure, this is Canada. That doesn't mean that Toronto summers can't be hideously (or is that awesomely?) hot, and the humidity can make you feel like you're snorkeling through a swamp. Lucky for us we're perched on one of the Great Lakes, and have a wealth of beachy options to choose from when we want to go for a refreshing dunk. Or if you hate getting sand between your toes, there are some fantastic outdoor pools to try—or sneak into (not that Curbed would ever encourage such behaviour). We've mapped out a bunch for you; dive right in and laugh at the sweltering heat.


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1. Bluffer's Park Beach

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1 Brimley Road, Scarborough
ON M1M 1M5, Canada

The easternmost point on our map is also said to be the nicest beach in the GTA. A lot less busy than the popular Beaches further west, and easier to find parking.

2. Centre Island Beach

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30 centre island pk
toronto, M5J 2H3

Take the ferry over and hang out at the Amusement Park, then head for the beach and chill out.

3. Cherry Beach

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Cherry Beach, Toronto
ON, Canada

Not just a doggy's paradise, Cherry Beach is secluded and low-key but there's still lots of interesting stuff to see like parasailers and kite-flying. Cherry's also the site of lots of late-night raves.

4. Hanlan's Point Beach

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Hanlan's Point, Toronto
ON, Canada

Bring your favourite swimsuit and then don't put it on. Hanlan's is Toronto's only clothing-optional beach, so this is where to head if you hate tan lines.

5. Kew-Balmy Beach

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2075 Queen Street E, Toronto
ON, Canada

This is the beach most people are thinking of when they think of The Beach. Kew-Balmy has been a Toronto summertime destination for almost 150 years. Get there early and stake your blanket space, because it fills up fast.

6. Ward's Island Beach

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Toronto
ON, Canada

The third beach on the Islands, this beach faces south and is small and secluded, and doesn't have the same riotous vibe as most of the city's beaches. It's got a relaxing, low-key vibe.

7. Ashbridges Bay Beach

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Ashbridges Bay Beaches, Toronto
ON, Canada

One word: volleyball.

8. Woodbine Beach

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1885 Lake Shore Blvd. E, Toronto
ON M4L 3W6, Canada

Two words: more volleyball.

9. Summerville Pool

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1867 Lakeshore Boulevard E., Toronto
ON M1P 4N7, Canada
(416) 392-7688

A swimming pool at the beach? Why not? This huge facility is actually three pools in one: a diving pool, an adult area, and the kiddie pool. Lots of bathers like to hit Summerville after swimming in the Lake, just for that refreshing chlorine scent.

10. Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool

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1755 Lakeshore Blvd. W, Toronto
ON, Canada

Biggest outdoor pool in the city. It's still packed on hot days, of course, but Sunnyside's a Toronto tradition so you should just go with the flow.

11. Greenwood Park Outdoor Pool

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150 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
ON M4L 2P8, Canada
(416) 392-7804
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This is a smaller pool than most, but it's clean and easy to get to on the TTC.

12. Alex Duff Outdoor Pool

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779 Crawford St., Toronto
ON M6G 3K4, Canada
(416) 392-0910
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A really sweet pool. There's a 25m lap pool, a "warm conversation" pool (is the pool warm, or the conversation?), and a wicked yellow water slide. Alex Duff is also the site of a lot of underground pool parties.

13. Sheraton Centre Hotel Rooftop Pool

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123 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M5H 2M9, Canada
(416) 361-1000
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It's not free (a day pass costs $35), but the gorgeous indoor/outdoor pool at the Sheraton Hotel on Queen Street West is pretty deluxe. Hang out during TIFF and play Spot the Celeb (don't forget your aviators).

14. High Park Swimming Pool

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1873 Bloor St. W, Toronto
ON M6R 2Z3, Canada
(416) 392-7807
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Another pool with a crazy big yellow slide for the kids. Make a day of it and go visit the baby yak at the High Park Zoo.

15. Stanley Park Outdoor Pool

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700 Wellington St. West, Toronto
ON, Canada

Tiny perfect Stanley Park is near King and Niagara streets. Oddly enough, even though it's right downtown it's not that popular. Now that the abbattoir's closing, though, more people might start venturing down there on hot days.

1. Bluffer's Park Beach

1 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1M 1M5, Canada

The easternmost point on our map is also said to be the nicest beach in the GTA. A lot less busy than the popular Beaches further west, and easier to find parking.

1 Brimley Road, Scarborough
ON M1M 1M5, Canada

2. Centre Island Beach

30 centre island pk, toronto, M5J 2H3

Take the ferry over and hang out at the Amusement Park, then head for the beach and chill out.

30 centre island pk
toronto, M5J 2H3

3. Cherry Beach

Cherry Beach, Toronto, ON, Canada

Not just a doggy's paradise, Cherry Beach is secluded and low-key but there's still lots of interesting stuff to see like parasailers and kite-flying. Cherry's also the site of lots of late-night raves.

Cherry Beach, Toronto
ON, Canada

4. Hanlan's Point Beach

Hanlan's Point, Toronto, ON, Canada

Bring your favourite swimsuit and then don't put it on. Hanlan's is Toronto's only clothing-optional beach, so this is where to head if you hate tan lines.

Hanlan's Point, Toronto
ON, Canada

5. Kew-Balmy Beach

2075 Queen Street E, Toronto, ON, Canada

This is the beach most people are thinking of when they think of The Beach. Kew-Balmy has been a Toronto summertime destination for almost 150 years. Get there early and stake your blanket space, because it fills up fast.

2075 Queen Street E, Toronto
ON, Canada

6. Ward's Island Beach

Toronto, ON, Canada

The third beach on the Islands, this beach faces south and is small and secluded, and doesn't have the same riotous vibe as most of the city's beaches. It's got a relaxing, low-key vibe.

Toronto
ON, Canada

7. Ashbridges Bay Beach

Ashbridges Bay Beaches, Toronto, ON, Canada

One word: volleyball.

Ashbridges Bay Beaches, Toronto
ON, Canada

8. Woodbine Beach

1885 Lake Shore Blvd. E, Toronto, ON M4L 3W6, Canada

Two words: more volleyball.

1885 Lake Shore Blvd. E, Toronto
ON M4L 3W6, Canada

9. Summerville Pool

1867 Lakeshore Boulevard E., Toronto, ON M1P 4N7, Canada

A swimming pool at the beach? Why not? This huge facility is actually three pools in one: a diving pool, an adult area, and the kiddie pool. Lots of bathers like to hit Summerville after swimming in the Lake, just for that refreshing chlorine scent.

1867 Lakeshore Boulevard E., Toronto
ON M1P 4N7, Canada

10. Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool

1755 Lakeshore Blvd. W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Biggest outdoor pool in the city. It's still packed on hot days, of course, but Sunnyside's a Toronto tradition so you should just go with the flow.

1755 Lakeshore Blvd. W, Toronto
ON, Canada

11. Greenwood Park Outdoor Pool

150 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M4L 2P8, Canada

This is a smaller pool than most, but it's clean and easy to get to on the TTC.

150 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
ON M4L 2P8, Canada

12. Alex Duff Outdoor Pool

779 Crawford St., Toronto, ON M6G 3K4, Canada

A really sweet pool. There's a 25m lap pool, a "warm conversation" pool (is the pool warm, or the conversation?), and a wicked yellow water slide. Alex Duff is also the site of a lot of underground pool parties.

779 Crawford St., Toronto
ON M6G 3K4, Canada

13. Sheraton Centre Hotel Rooftop Pool

123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9, Canada

It's not free (a day pass costs $35), but the gorgeous indoor/outdoor pool at the Sheraton Hotel on Queen Street West is pretty deluxe. Hang out during TIFF and play Spot the Celeb (don't forget your aviators).

123 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M5H 2M9, Canada

14. High Park Swimming Pool

1873 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, Canada

Another pool with a crazy big yellow slide for the kids. Make a day of it and go visit the baby yak at the High Park Zoo.

1873 Bloor St. W, Toronto
ON M6R 2Z3, Canada

15. Stanley Park Outdoor Pool

700 Wellington St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada

Tiny perfect Stanley Park is near King and Niagara streets. Oddly enough, even though it's right downtown it's not that popular. Now that the abbattoir's closing, though, more people might start venturing down there on hot days.

700 Wellington St. West, Toronto
ON, Canada