The community in The Beaches area in Toronto has a long and rich history.
It all started in 1793 when the area was divided into lots by Alexander
Aitken for Lieutenant Governor John Simcoe and the new owners, or their
heirs, developed roads and settlements. As the villages grew, some owners
fashioned recreational areas, which they often opened to the local population.
Word spread and by the 1870's The Beaches became a summer resort for
the general population of Toronto. The small communities soon turned
into towns that would eventually be incorporated into the city of Toronto.
By the 1910's, local governments began to buy the land that many of
the private and commercial recreational areas occupied. Property purchases
and renovation work progressed slowly, but in 1932 the Beaches Park
Today The Beaches area is a distinctively relaxed community offering
a range of recreational, entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities,
all conveniently located only 20 minutes from downtown Toronto. It extends
from Woodbine Avenue in the West to Nursewood Road in the East, and
from Queen Street East in the North to Lake Ontario in the South. Whether
taking a stroll along the boardwalk, bike-riding on the Martin Goodman
Trail, enjoying free concerts under the lovely gazebo toward the northern
end of Kew Gardens, or participating in the Jazz Festival held yearly
in July, you are sure to have amazing experiences at every step. There’s
always something going on at The Beaches and you are invited to join
in the fun!
The future is bright for the Beaches Community. From the newly built
residential homes to the ever-expanding businesses, this area is expected
to flourish greatly in the years to come. The Beaches area has gained
a reputation as a place where things are done differently. In their
lifestyles and values, its people have cultivated a tradition of independence
that has often moved them beyond the currents around them - sometimes
ahead of the political tide, sometimes squarely against it. Residents
and visitors continue to value this community because of its historical
significance, and while everything is changing around it, The Beaches
area seems to set its own pace, shaped by the originality of its soul,
as it has done over the past 100 years.