The Beach is a district in Toronto. It is roughly defined as bounded by Woodbine Avenue to the west, Victoria Park Avenue to the east, Kingston Road to the north, and Lake Ontario to the south.
By TTC: From downtown, take the eastbound 501 Queen St Streetcar and get off at any of the stops between Woodbine Avenue and Neville Park (which is the end of the line).
The Beaches International Jazz Festival, Kew Gardens, , is a free open-air event mainly showcasing Canadian jazz that takes place the last weekend of July each year, drawing over 800,000 visitors.
The Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade, , takes place Easter Sunday along Queen Street, from Victoria Park Avenue to Woodbine Avenue.
Bloomsday Toronto, . A one-day celebration of James Joyce's novel Ulysses, occurring on June 16th each year.
Ed's Real Scoop, 2224 Queen St. East (at Beech Ave.), +1 416 699-6100. Really good homemade ice cream.
La Tea Da Tea Room, 2305 Queen Street East (at Glen Manor Drive), +1 416 686-5787, . Tea sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jams, pastries and petit fours, and a selection of teas. Reservations recommended for weekends. Tu-Su 11:30AM-6PM, closed M. $10-$20.
Vi Vetha, 2485 Queen St. East (at Neville Park), +1 416 686-5688, . Good brunch selections, served until 4PM.
Balsam Beach Inn, 14 Balsam Ave., (416) 691-4958. One block from Queen Street. A century-old Victorian cottage. Shared kitchen and deck. $70-$110 per night.
Days Inn-Toronto Beaches, 1684 Queen St E (at Kingston Road), 416 694-1177, . 5-minute walk to the beach. Free breakfast and high speed internet.