Looking South

We’ve been visiting this white sandy square since it opened in 2010. Sugar Beach, another gem from Waterfront Toronto, is one of the happiest surprises along Toronto’s ever-changing waterfront. And we’re not alone in loving this family-friendly space. We visited on a hot weekday morning and half the crowd was kids.

The two-acre park is located between the Redpath Sugar Refinery (we watched raw sugar being dumped from boat to bin) and the Corus building (there is a slide inside – not open to the public.) You’ll find Torontonians and tourists of all ages sun bathing and relaxing during the summer.

With kids in TOw, bring your own sand toys if you need some added entertainment and park yourselves in the shade under the pink umbrellas (there are a couple of trees too.) This beach is a no swim zone but a small splash pad feature is open until end of the season. Pretty at night.


Getting there: Driving and public transit are do-able but if your family rolls on two-wheels, do it. It’s along the Waterfront Trail. Driving, there is some free one-hour parking in the neighbourhood, otherwise there are a few private paid lots across Queens Quay and at the George Brown College Waterfront Campus. On TTC, the 6 Bay from Union Station or 75 Sherbourne gets you there.

Food & Drink: Bring your own snacks. There is a Loblaws across the street at Jarvis. We’ve had lunch a few times on the patio of Against the Grain – pretty good kids menu.

Potty time: We’ve gone into the Corus building.

In the hood: Sherbourne Common is just east past the Corus Building. Toronto Islands terminal is one kilometer west.

Pet peeve: Stop using the beach as an ashtray people!