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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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  • This a lovely little beach nook that is often relatively quiet. It's the perfect beach to bring a book and just sit and relax. You are unable to swim from this beach, but you can wander east along the...  more »
  • Gorgeous little beach in the city. Wasn't overly busy while we were there so we were able to get chairs. Great sunset and the trees and fountains around are lovely.  more »
  • Well-maintained Beach, nice sand, without waste. Of course with the tropics do not compare and the air smells different and not the same. But relax you will get here and umbrellas and comfortable beach chairs.
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