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Old Posted Sep 25, 2013, 9:33 PM
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Toronto's beaches are actually very clean. They are tested every day and Ontario's standards for water safety are more stringent than anywhere else in North America, making Lake Ontario's great ratings even more impressive. For whatever reason, people have this image in their head that Lake Ontario is polluted, when according to scientific data, it couldn't be further from the truth. The Toronto Star ran an article on this just a few weeks ago actually with all the data to prove it.
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A surprise to some people, but Toronto actually has pretty decent beaches right downtown, on the Toronto Islands:


And of course Sunnyside Beach, Woodbine Beach, and Cherry Beach. There are also the artificial "urban beaches" of Sugar Beach and HTO Park. Going further out, much of the Scarborough coast is lined with beaches (though not very good or easily accessible ones), plus a few in Mimico as well.



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Hazy Toronto Skyline by Greg's Southern Ontario (catching up slowly), on Flickr


Sugar Beach by timtom.ch, on Flickr


Cherry Beach Days by Lick My Lens Cap, on Flickr


Woodbine Beach Toronto by scott3eh, on Flickr


Woodbine beach by Tauseeph, on Flickr


Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion by Seyemon, on Flickr


Cherry Beach by scott3eh, on Flickr
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Tiny Plage Jean Doré on Île Notre-Dame near the F1 track and casino...



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The only good thing about Grand Beach IMO is how fine the sand is. Its like flour.

Gimli is a nice beach town during the summer. Many restaurants and cafes. Plenty of people on the streets.
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I didn't even know Manitoba had beaches lol.

Still don't understand why people are saying Manitoba beaches are so great though. Is it the water? the sand? I would love to know as before this thread (and the the original discussion in the other thread) I had NO idea Manitoba even had beaches.

BTW, how are Atlantic/Maritime beaches? The Atlantic coast in the US have a lot of popular beaches, does this continue up north to Canada?
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Ottawa Beachs,

Britannia Beach;


Westboro Beach;


Petrie Island Beach;


All on the Ottawa River. Commonly closed (especially during the summer of 2012, not too bad in 2013) due to high e-coli counts. Basically, swimming in the Ottawa is about as bad as swimming in a sewer.
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There are also a few beaches in Gatineau Park, and the one at Mooney's Bay.
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There are also a few beaches in Gatineau Park, and the one at Mooney's Bay.
I trust Gatineau park, but not Mooney's Bay.


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Third Beach is my favorite one downtown!
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I didn't even know Manitoba had beaches lol.
Very common belief in Canada. It kinda surprises me, given that Lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba are freaking HUGE on any map of the country... but I guess much like westerners underestimate the size of the beaches on the Great Lakes...

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Still don't understand why people are saying Manitoba beaches are so great though. Is it the water? the sand? I would love to know as before this thread (and the the original discussion in the other thread) I had NO idea Manitoba even had beaches.
Amazing sand. Water that you can walk, in some cases, 100s of metres into before it gets "deep". Miles-long beaches that aren't packed end-to-end with huge crowds (although Grand can get like this at times). Virtually zero industrial presence on the lakes, so the water is some of the cleanest on the continent (at least in comparison to other large lakes, most of which have heavy industrial activity on their shores and large cities dumping semi-treated effluent into them).
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Very common belief in Canada. It kinda surprises me, given that Lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba are freaking HUGE on any map of the country... but I guess much like westerners underestimate the size of the beaches on the Great Lakes...



Amazing sand. Water that you can walk, in some cases, 100s of metres into before it gets "deep". Miles-long beaches that aren't packed end-to-end with huge crowds (although Grand can get like this at times). Virtually zero industrial presence on the lakes, so the water is some of the cleanest on the continent (at least in comparison to other large lakes, most of which have heavy industrial activity on their shores and large cities dumping semi-treated effluent into them).
What are water temperatures like?
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Sounds pretty amazing! A friend has invited us to spend a few days in Winnipeg Beach next year!
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We have a small number of sandy beaches, but most of them aren't really suitable for swimming.

The white sand beaches of Burgeo are probably the most popular - and the water there is comparatively warm.

Near St. John's, the only one of note is Middle Cove Beach, but it's a pebble beach, not a sand one.

My personal favourite, however, is Golden Sands Resort. There are many, many lakes with sandy beaches in Newfoundland.









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Sounds pretty amazing! A friend has invited us to spend a few days in Winnipeg Beach next year!
Signal mentioned it in the CMA 1 million thread,and had a great description of Wpg. Beach below:

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Skyline aside, Gimli is actually pretty cool. As is Winnipeg Beach. Both have one surprisingly urban strip for a town their size. Winnipeg Beach's is especially impressive because it's a dense streetscape one side, and on the other is a wide manicured forest park, followed by a boardwalk, followed by the beach.
I spent 3 seasons doing a pilot for a series and many episodes in the following years as Signal may recall called, "Falcon Beach", for the exact reasons he mentioned. + the Vikings are only 15 min. down the Highway at Gimli Beach, lol..
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2013, 3:35 PM
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Amazing sand. Water that you can walk, in some cases, 100s of metres into before it gets "deep". Miles-long beaches that aren't packed end-to-end with huge crowds (although Grand can get like this at times). Virtually zero industrial presence on the lakes, so the water is some of the cleanest on the continent (at least in comparison to other large lakes, most of which have heavy industrial activity on their shores and large cities dumping semi-treated effluent into them).
Good point regarding the ability to walk out long distances. It freaks me out a bit when I go to an ocean beach and the water gets very deep barely 10 metres off shore, which combined with the undertow really keeps me on my toes. Many Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba beaches allow you to walk out quite a distance by comparison.

And to Chadillaccc, I grew up cottaging at Winnipeg Beach. Unfortunately rising lake levels have really eaten away at the beach there. What used to be a huge, wide sand strip has become a very narrow one where you barely have room to spread out a towel... many of the sandy parts of the beach are also where there are many rocks in the water. It's still worth checking out but I'd encourage you to check out the beaches in Gimli too, which is about 15 km north. I think they're a bit better... there's certainly a lot more room to spread out.

Another unique Manitoba beach experience are the wooden piers of Lake Winnipeg... these piers are built from locally-found wood every year, and they take swimmers over rocky parts of the shoreline and into to the water. The piers usually have a couple of benches and enough room to spread out and catch a bit of sun. It feels a bit like being on a boat. There are many of these in the Gimli-Winnipeg Beach area.



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A few pictures from my time in Manitoba.

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You know that's a really good point, when it comes to erosion of shorelines, not only on Lake Wpg. but Manitoba as well.You can probably remember as I do when the shoreline along the western edge of Lake Wpg. extended a fair distance, and as mentioned shallow for a great distance.Wind erosion/wave action have really taken a toll on beach front properties as the lake is so shallow. The lake is notorious when the wind really picks up. Personally I spent about 7 years back and forth in Gimli and it is noticeable up and down Lake Winnipeg.
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Grand Beach has some awesome sand. It's like an inland ocean.. if you have the chance to see it, count yourself lucky.
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Grand Beach has some awesome sand. It's like an inland ocean.. if you have the chance to see it, count yourself lucky.
Again - how warm is the water?
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