Who would ever expect to find behind the Redpath Sugar Factory, pink umbrellas, candy striped rocks and half naked sun worshippers? It could only be Sugar Beach.
In 2010, the city transformed a parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge. Sugar Beach now encompasses 8500 square metres (2 acres) with 150 Muskoka chairs, 36 umbrellas and a few random heinous speedo-clad sunbathers.
This beach is part of the waterfront revitalization program and is an innovative development of combining an industrial space with a public park. So head on down to this tiny beach, soak in the sun and watch the ships go by (as cargo ships are pulling into the harbour as Redpath is still a working refinery). But hold your breath if there`s a certain breeze in the air as apparently you`ll get whiff of the burning sugarcane next door and apparently it doesn`t smell sugary sweet!
Sugar Beach: Foot of Lower Jarvis Street on the eastern edge of the Jarvis Slip, south of Queens Quay