I know it’s after Labour Day but let me tell you about two TO sights that still have the summer feeling.
1. The New Downtown Beach (see above photo)
Lounge on a Muskoka chair, under a pink umbrella and rub your feet through pristine white sand – a block from Young Street. No kidding, it’s for real. You cannot actually go in the lake – that would mess-up the sand, but you can see it, inches away.
This new beach/park is part of a very exciting project involving several blocks of the waterfront between Jarvis and Sherbourne. It looks like the city is going to get some colour at last. Bravo to all involved.
So here’s the plan… a bottle of something from the chiller at the Queens Quay LCBO, a sandwich/salad from Loblaws (leave the car there) and walk across the street to the Beach. Not really visible from the street but it’s behind a huge mound of lush green grass. You will be discreet with the wine – it’s still Toronto, not Barcelona.
2. Downtown Yonge Street is not my favourite but I do love the stretch around the Summerhill LCBO. Very high end but a lovely stroll on a nice day. There’s enough patios to give you a holiday feeling, and the Rebel House is one of the city’s best local pubs. But what caught my eye last week were the street flower boxes. Gigantic red flowers shooting up as tall as the store windows. Stunning. Beautiful. My photo doesn’t do justice as I had to shoot through the car window – doing 50km.