The Beach Travel Guide

The Beach

Queen Street West represents the city's of-the-moment trends, but The Beach neighborhood, 15 minutes east of the Queen subway stop, is old-school bohemian. This pricey area is bounded by Neville Park Road to the east and Woodbine Avenue to the west. The main strip, Queen Street East, has a funky flair and a small-town feel, and it's easy to spend an afternoon strolling the delightful yet crowded (in summer) boardwalk along the shore of Lake Ontario. Musicians often perform at the parks fronting the boardwalk, where you're also likely to see artists selling their wares. You could also do some window-shopping on Queen Street East, which is lined with antiques stores and specialty boutiques and shops. An annual jazz festival in July attracts more than 400 musicians and thousands of listeners to this laid-back community.

This neighborhood's official name has been a source of controversy since the 1980s. It boils down to whether you view the four separate beaches—Woodbine, Balmy, Kew, and Scarboro—as one collective entity or plural. When the area decided to welcome tourists with fancy, emblematic street signs, the long-running debate surfaced. "The Beach" folks won, but not before the dispute was settled fairly with a democratic vote in spring 2006.

Read More

Advertisement

Book A Trip
  • HOTELS

  • FLIGHTS

  • PACKAGES

  • CARS

Trip Finder

Plan Your Next Trip

Subscribe to Newsletter
Sign up for Travel Tips & News
I want emails from Fodor's Travel with travel information and promotions. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails.

Thank you for your interest!

Look our for our newsletters with travel tips and special offers.