Squint your eyes and Sugar Beach looks like a David Hockney painting come to life: a cobalt-blue sky above and pale yellow sands below, lined by even rows of pastel-pink umbrellas. It's an Instagrammer's dream. But look around and you'll notice the beach's surroundings are far from bucolic. This award-winning park, built atop a parking pier in a waterfront industrial zone, overlooks the Redpath Sugar Refinery, which comes complete with a towering chimney. Sun worshippers lounge the day away in Muskoka chairs (that's Canadian for Adirondack chairs), and come dusk, the city’s right at hand.
By Karolyne Ellacott, AFAR Local Expert
Sugar Beach in Toronto
Sugar Beach is a great chill-out and picnic spot. There's a big Loblaws (grocery store) across the street to get your picnic goods, as well as an LCBO in the vicinity if you need a liquid lunch. From the official website: "Canada’s Sugar Beach is a whimsical new park that transformed a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge. "Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent to the Redpath Sugar Factory, the 8500 square metre (2 acre) park is the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. The park’s brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings welcome visitors to the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront."
By Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
11 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 1B6, Canada
Sun - Sat 8am - 11pm