Category Archives: Beach / Beaches

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:

Parade August 28, 2016 to welcome Penny Oleksiak

From the August 22, 2016 Toronto Star, story by Chris Bateman:

When 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak left for Rio de Janeiro earlier this summer she was a recent Grade 10 graduate at Monarch Park Collegiate near Danforth and Coxwell.

She will return later this week a four-time Olympic medallist, a closing ceremony flag-bearer, and a household name in Canada. To celebrate her achievements and those of her fellow east-end athletes, the Beach Village BIA is planning a homecoming parade and party for August 28.

“We’re very happy for all our east-end athletes and we’re super, super proud of (Oleksiak) because she grew up in the Beach,” said Johanna Carlo, a local chiropractor and Beach Village BIA board member.

Full story in the Star:

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


Beaches Jazz Fest continues this weekend – July 22-24, 2016

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th — Woodbine Park main stage and big band stage (at northeast corner of Woodbine Park).
And Street Fest continues Friday 22nd and Sat. 23rd — along Queen east of Woodbine.

Beaches Jazz Festival, Woodbine Park - July 17, 2016. Looking west toward Coxwell Avenue and downtown Toronto.

Beaches Jazz Festival, Woodbine Park – July 17, 2016. Looking west toward Coxwell Avenue and downtown Toronto.

Meet the Ashbridges – Beaches Library October 6, 2015 – Dena Doroszenko, archaeologist, Ontario Heritage Trust

Meet the Ashbridges: The people, history and the archaeology of the Ashbridge Estate.

The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society and the Toronto Public Library present:
Dena Doroszenko
Archaeologist, Ontario Heritage Trust

At the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen Street East
Tuesday October 6, 2015
7 to 8:15 p.m.
Admission free
All welcome

Dena Doroszenko conducted archaeological research at the Ashbridge Estate. She is an expert on the Ashbridge Estate and the Ashbridge family. As part of Duke of Connaught School’s 100th birthday celebrations in 2012, Dena spoke at Duke, invited by Susan Fletcher of Applegrove Community Complex.

Beaches International Jazz Festival continues until Sunday July 26, 2015


Beaches jazz fest continues, July 20 to 26:

Monday July 20 to Wed. July 22 evenings
Workshops, Mennonite church Queen East of Kingston Road

Tue. July 21 – Wed. July 22 5 to 10 p.m.
Taste of Jazz— Foodtrucks event at Woodbine Park

Thu. July 23 – Sat. July 25
Street Fest, Queen east of Woodbine

Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26
Woodbine Park main stages – lots of music

And more.
See the full lineup of music and related events on the Beaches International Jazz Festival site.

Little India celebrations, Beaches Jazz Festival July 16-19, 2015

Lots going on this weekend.

As well as Sunday’s flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and farmer’s market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, slightly farther afield are these two festivals.

Gerrard India Bazaar Eid Mubarak sidewalk sales and celebrations  Thursday July 16 to  Sunday July 19.


And Beaches Jazz Festival has “week two” music on four stages at Woodbine Park, Coxwell at Eastern.  Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19.


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.”