Sat. June 16, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
On June 16, meet at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Ashbridge Estate to explore the Beaches by bike including the neighbourhoods and historic sites of Woodbine Beach, Kew Beach and Balmy Beach with local historian Gene Domagala. This Heritage Ride ends at the historic R.C. Harris water treatment plant with views of the Toronto skyline and the Scarborough Bluffs.
Much of the area now known as the Beaches was annexed by the City of Toronto between 1887 and 1905. Despite this longstanding incorporation, the Beaches remains a distinctive enclave, whose residents exude a stronger sense of community than is seen in most City neighbourhoods. In terms of architecture, atmosphere, and attitude, the Beaches resembles a small lakeside resort town.
Difficulty: Moderate. The ride will be on flat terrain with some large hills. The route will include paved on-street surfaces with streetcar tracks and potholes on the heavily travelled Queen St. E. as well as quieter residential streets and laneways in addition to paved and unpaved (gravel) shared multi-use paths on a section of the Martin Goodman Trail.
Location: Meet in front of Ashbridge Estate (pictured) at 1:00 p.m.
1444 Queen Street East.