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Canada's Sugar Beach, Toronto

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Sugar Beach is an urban beach park in Toronto, Canada, that opened in 2010. It is located across from Redpath Sugar Refinery in Toronto's eastern East Bayfront. Like HTO Park to the west, the beach is not meant to allow wading or swimming in Lake Ontario, but rather functions as a waterfront public space for relaxation, leisure, and social activities. It cost $14 million.The park is designed by Claude Cormier + Associés Inc. It features a sandy beach with ornamental lighting, umbrellas, Muskoka chairs, rocky amphitheatre and candy trim, and pedestrian areas paved with granite setts in three colours arranged in a stylized maple leaf motif.Since 2011, the beach has been the setting for the Toronto Port Authority's Sail-In Cinema event, with an inflatable movie screen mounted on a custom-built barge approximately 50 metres south of the beach.HistoryThe park is triangular-shaped and built next to Redpath Sugar's refinery at Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay—the park's name references the nearby sugar refinery. It shares space with the new home of Corus Entertainment on Corus Quay (formerly Jarvis Street Slip). The building and beach are separated by a paved area with benches and trees in Silva Cells that provide over 30 cubic meters of uncompacted soil to each tree. Corus Quay has large retractable doors that allow the building to host concerts and events at Sugar Beach. Prior to construction, the entire site was a parking lot for the Jarvis Street Slip and located across from The Guvernment night club.
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  • My wife and I with our 11 year old grandson had visited the Distillery District & walked to the waterfront before heading towards downtown Toronto. We had bought some bottles of water just before comi...  more »
  • This is a cute little beach which we saw on our bike tour. The name sugar beach comes from the sugar refinery right next to the beach. Its cute with good views and nice chairs and umbrellas  more »
  • Sugar Beach is part of a concerted effort to bring life back to Toronto's over-industrialized water front. On that measure, it is a success. It's a nice spot to drop by as part of a walk on the water ...  more »