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Canada's Sugar Beach, Toronto

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#14 of 32 in Beaches in Ontario
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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  • August 8, 2017
    A great site for families: activities include water fountains for young children, lovely clean sand, and comfortable seats for adults. Near a family style restaurant. Within minutes of walking to down...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    This is a nice little beach in the city. It's a good place to take your lunch or to relax under an umbrella. They have a wheelchair deck going out into the sand. There is a table with umbrella. The ch...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    It is a place to taste to go and watch a while water, a piece of the city that became to be a parking lot to a recreational area with sand simulates a beach, you can not swim, is next to a factory, where you can sometimes see ships very closely. This interesting, is not essential if you have to travel a lot to reach it.
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