Toronto Island Beach
The beaches are great in the summer and two out of three (Hanlan's Point Beach and Ward's Island Beach) received the Blue Flag designation, which is an internatinal marker to indicate beaches with good quality water, safety and environmentally responsible management. City staff tests water quailty daily during the summer - results are posted on message boards near life guard stations.
The sand on the beaches isn't the fine sand you find in the Caribbeans but it's as good as it gets for a beach on the Great Lakes. You can find changing rooms and lockers on Centre Island next to the pier - across the Pizza Pizza outlet. There are lifeguards on duty at every beach from 11:30am to 6:30pm from June to Labour Day.
Dogs and picnic tables and BBQs aren't permitted on the beachers.
Hanlan's Point beach
Located across the public tennis courts on the west shore of Hanlan's Point, approximately ten minutes walk away from the ferry docks. The south side of this beach (farthest away from the city) is a clothing optional beach.
Centre Island beach
This beach is by the changing rooms, just west of the pier.
Ward's Island beach
The Ward's Island beach is a 5 minute walk from the Ward's Island ferry station at the east end of the boardawalk. As you get off the ferry walk straight ahead, past the Island Cafe and past the soccer field. You'll see washrooms and a small playground - keep right to get to the beach.
Do not leave children unattended in or near the water!