Best Beach in Toronto
The east Beach at Bluffer’s Park is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Toronto. Nestled at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs in the city’s east end, Bluffer’s Park is a rare man-made park that feels wild and untouched.
If you are like some, and are worried about swimming in Lake Ontario, don’t be. The beach at the Scarborough Bluffs is rated among the best in the world by the international Blue Flag Programme. This prestigious Blue Flag eco-certification is awarded to beaches that meet strict environmental and safety standards.“It’s not easy to get a blue flag,”says Toronto Water spokesperson Cheryl San Juan. “These are world-class beaches. Any of our blue flag beaches would rival any beach on Georgian Bay,”she says.
To score a blue flag a beach must be safe for swimming at least 80 per cent of the time. Most of Toronto’s blue flag beaches are safe more than 90 per cent of the time.
Ontario has the strictest recreational water quality standards in North America. If a beach measures above 100 parts E. coli in 100 ml of water it is classified not safe for swimming. The national standard is set at 200 and the U.S. standard is 235.
E. coli levels for each beach are posted online and by the shore every day.
“Beaches and marinas across Canada proudly fly the Blue Flag because it is a symbol of excellence,” said Brett Tryon, coordinator of the Blue Flag Canada program. “Wherever you see a Blue Flag, you know the beach or marina has great water quality, is working to protect natural areas, has lifeguards or lifesaving equipment, and helps to educate the community about how to protect and improve the local environment.”
Although summer weekends are typically busy, at the beach at Bluffers Park, weekdays are quiet and you can sometimes have the entire beach to yourself.
So soak up the lakeside atmosphere, come for a picnic or some beach volleyball, or take a dip. You will be pleasantly surprised by Toronto’s best kept secret.