Category Archives: Ashbridge’s Bay

Ashbridge’s Bay and its shoreline

Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay – Monday May 22, 2017

Victoria Day fireworks start at 10 p.m. at Ashbridge’s Bay.

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay

When: May 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 pm

Where: Ashbridge’s Bay
1561 Lake Shore Blvd E

Presented by: The City of Toronto

The annual favourite features over 2,000 fireworks and closing with a grand finale of pyrotechnic wonders. Drivers, beware: massive crowds make traffic and parking a nightmare. Guests are encouraged to take public transit; the TTC runs increased service along Queen East for the event.


See the message from the city of Toronto:

Three Jane’s Walks in the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood – Saturday May 6, 2017

On Saturday May 6, take part in a Jane’s Walk to learn about interesting parts of our city, including our neighbourhood. There are three walks in our area on May 6 — two starting at 10 a.m. and another one at 1 p.m.

Living in our laneways
Meet at 1374 Queen Street East – The Sidekick Cafe
Saturday May 6, 2017, 10 a.m., two hours
Led by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

Take a stroll down some quaint lanes in Toronto’s east end with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Councillor Ana Bailao’s Executive Assistant, City Planning, Lanescape, and Evergreen as we discuss our initiative to create a Laneway Suites policy in the city of Toronto!

Where Will the Next Generation Live?
Meet at 151 Hiawatha Road
Saturday May 6, 2017, 10 a.m., two hours
Led by Joy Connelly

Blue collar workers used to live on my east end street. Now houses sell for $1.2 Million and up. I couldn’t afford to buy or rent on my own street today, and neither could my kids. We can’t go on like this. While the Federal and Provincial Governments discuss tax policy and rent controls, let’s talk about what local governments and local citizens can do — from second suites to inclusionary zoning to community land trusts — to make housing

Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood – since 1793.
Meet at Ashbridge’s Bay skatepark, Coxwell at Lake Shore Blvd.
Saturday May 6, 2017, 1 p.m., 1.5 hours
Led by Robert Miller

Take a stroll up Ashbridge’s Creek – one of the hidden streams of east end Toronto. We will stroll up from the bay. What is Ashbridge’s Bay today? What was it in 1793? Who were the Ashbridges? Why is there a historic house on Queen East with a huge expanse of lawn? Guess a few of the names that the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood has been called in the last 100 years.

See a complete list and map of Jane’s Walks in Toronto.

Summer camps, swimming pool hours and upcoming events – updated July 25, 2016

Summer camps
Spaces still available in some local kids’ camps – inquire at Applegrove, S.H. Armstrong, Greenwood Park about spaces.


Lake Ontario swimming
Check the water quality report for Woodbine Beach, Ashbridge’s Bay Park.

Outdoor pools

Note Greenwood Pool is closed Labour Day but you can swim at Monarch or Summerville (Olympic) pool on that day.

Greenwood Pool is open daily until Sunday September 4 from 12 to 7 for leisure swim, and from 7 to 8 p.m. for adult lane swim (18+). On the Greenwood Park page click on Drop-in Programs/ Swimming to see the current week’s schedule. Also see swim lessons by clicking on Swimming.

Monarch Park Pool daily *including Labour Day – leisure swim 12 to 7 p.m., lane swim 7 to 8 p.m. Note Monarch is also open the weekend of Sat. Sept. 10 – Sun. Sept. 11. Those two days, same times for leisure swim 12-7 and lane swim 7-8. Final closing Sun. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.

Donald Summerville Olympic Pool Lane swim 7 to 8 p.m. daily until Sept. 4. Leisure swim daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sept. 4. Leisure swim also from 5 to 7 p.m. starting Aug. 1 to Sept. 4. *On Labour Day, Sept. 5 — leisure swim 12 to 5 p.m.

Ongoing neighbourhood events

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East – third Sunday of the month
Sunday August 21
Sunday September 18
Sunday October 16

Farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park
Every Sunday until Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ashbridge Farmers Market - Jonathan Ashbridge Park


Happy Canada Day — Ashbridge’s Bay fireworks July 1, 2015

fireworks Victoria Day

Canada Day Fireworks
Wed. July 1st, after 9:30 pm
Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Coxwell and Lakeshore
City of Toronto
(The city’s website says it starts at 10 p.m.)
Canada’s birthday is celebrated every year with fireworks on the expanse of the Beach at Ashbridge’s Bay Park.

Q107 Canada Day Picnic
Wed. July 1st, starts at noon
Woodbine Park

Happy Canada Day!
Wed. July 1st
Did You Know? — not till October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as “Dominion Day” became “Canada Day”. The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. See more about the history of Canada Day.

— from Beaches Living Guide.

Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay Park – Victoria Day, Mon. May 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm

fireworks Victoria Day

From Beaches Living Guide:

Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 18, 9:45 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park at Coxwell Ave. and the Lakeshore

“Toronto’s only Victoria Day fireworks show will be a spectacular 14-minute display at Ashbridge’s Bay Park, rain or shine.

TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A). It is recommended that members of the public use the TTC and leave their cars at home.

A special viewing area with limited space is set aside to accommodate people with disabilities and their families. City bylaws prohibit the public from setting off personal fireworks in the park.”

Join the Jane’s Walk Sunday May 3, 2015 – the Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood since 1793.

This Sunday May 3, you are invited to join me at 4 p.m. at the Ashbridge’s Bay skatepark, Coxwell and Lakeshore. We’ll meet at the bench on the Coxwell side of the skatepark. No need to bring your skateboard, of course you can if you wish.

We’ll take a stroll “up the creek” – the Ashbridge’s Creek which is now buried, but evidence remains above ground.
– Robert Miller

If you haven’t seen, you may also be interested in the Facebook group:
The Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood — Greenwood – Coxwell, TorontoAshbridge-Estate-March-2015-Diane-Walton-photo1
– photo by Diane Walton

Get a leg up on Earth Week with a spring walk at Ashbridge’s Bay — Sunday April 19, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Ashbridge’s Bay in a previous year – it will look like this again soon.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2 pm –
start point is the foot of Coxwell at Lakeshore.

Ashbridge’s Bay: Past, Present, Future.

Get a leg up on Earth Week with a Spring Walk at Ashbridge’s Bay.

John Wilson, Lost Rivers, and Bob Kortright, Toronto Field Naturalists, will lead a walk through Ashbridge’s Bay Park to find what has become of the lost marsh that once dominated Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

We’ll look for returning wildlife, particularly early signs of Spring. We’ll look at future plans for the bay and for urban water treatment nearby, and discuss their implications for our blue-green future. The walk begins and ends at the south end of Coxwell Ave. at Lake Shore Blvd.

See the schedule of similar walks on the Lost Rivers site.

Come to the History of Ashbridge’s Bay – talk by Joanne Doucette – this Tuesday April 14, 2015

Tuesday 14 April from 7 p.m. to 8:15. Come early to get a seat.

The History of Ashbridge’s Bay

At the Beaches Library 2161 Queen St. E
The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society
And The Toronto Public Library Presents
Historian & Author
Joanne Doucette

Tuesday April 14, 2015
7 – 8:15 pm
Admission free, all welcome

See the Facebook group for more updates, conversations: Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood, Greenwood-Coxwell.

Ashbridge's Bay 1900 by John Willson.  Come to Joanne Doucette's talk to learn more.

Ashbridge’s Bay 1900 by John Willson. Come to Joanne Doucette’s talk to learn more.

Coming up in July 2014 – Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay on Canada Day, festivals, neighbourhood walk, movie night at Jonathan Ashbridge Park

Tue. July 1 Canada Day
Canada Day Picnic music festival at Woodbine Park
After 9:30 Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay

Note: To see updates about the development proposal for 1327 to 1339 Queen East, see the East Toronto Community Coalition.

Lots to do within a short walk.

Greenwood Pool is open. Swimming at Ashbridge’s Bay Park / Woodbine Beach is apparently “okay” most of the time.

Summer camps at Applegrove, S.H. Armstrong

Summer reading club and other programs at Gerrard-Ashdale Library

Every Sunday until October – Farmer’s Market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park “Leslieville Farmer’s Market

Sat. July 5 – Sun. July 6 Afrofest at Woodbine Park.

July 18-27 Beaches Jazz Festival

Sunday July 20 – Flea market at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East. “Leslieville Flea

Sunday, July 20
2:00pm – Small Green Gems Along Small’s Creek – neighbourhood walk

Meet at south west corner of East Lynn Ave. and Danforth Ave.
The string of ravines that link almost-forgotten Small’s Creek are hidden treasures of Ward 32. Join the Friends of Small’s Creek Ravines with John Wilson when they show off the improvements being implemented to preserve these unusual islands of biodiversity in east Toronto. Special guest Ruthanne Henry, landscape ecologist, park planner and ravine champion, will help identify rare and special trees and shrubs in the environmentally significant Williamson ravines. Along the route there are some stairs and uneven ground, so please wear good footwear and expect a two-hour adventure ending near Coxwell and Gerrard.

Sunday, July 27 8 p.m.
Free movie night
LEGO Movie
Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Queen East at Woodward Ave.
Come at 8pm to get set up with your chairs and blankets to watch a movie under the stars.
– Councillor McMahon’s Movie Night

-for some of the above, thanks to Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon’s Ward 32 newsletter.
Which also had this item:
Neighbourhood Walkabout with Andy Byford

On June 23rd, Councillor McMahon and Andy Byford, Chair of TTC, went on a walkabout around the neighbourhood surrounding the Russell Carhouse to address the residents’ concerns.