STREET CAR TO ‘THE BEACH’? – IT’S EASY. TAKE THE #501 EASTBOUND FOR NEVILLE PARK

The Beach’ in TORONTO’s east end is a unique neighbourhood stretching from roughly Coxwell Avenue on the west to Victoria Park on the east, Kingston Road to the north and south to Lake Ontario.

You can spend a lot of time here – enjoying the multiple forms of architecture, the shops and restaurants along Queen Street, parks, gardens, historic buildings and galleries – as well as a boardwalk, bike trail and three beaches. After a while you feel as if you’re in another town altogether.

<PHOTO ABOVE – Kew Williams House, 1902, now occasionally used for community events>

<The most photographed neon sign in the neighbourhood>

<The eccentric El Pueblo apartment complex near the beach>

<The Fox Cinema, second oldest movie theatre in TORONTO.  It opened in 1914 as The Pastime.  The city’s oldest cinema is the Revue on Roncesvalles Avenue>

888 Art Gallery and Calm Radio headquarters – http://www.calmradio.com

MURAL – The Beach back in the day

NORMALLY PLACID LAKE ONTARIO WAS BEHAVING LIKE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN THIS WEEK

This week the locals came out to enjoy the roiling surf, rain showers, overcast skies and high winds as our Lake Ontario adopted the look of the mighty Atlantic.

Travel a few kilometres from TORONTO’s Financial District on the #501 streetcar, and you’re in a land of rocks, sand and surf. Disembark at Woodbine Avenue and go one block east, turn south and you’ll be at water’s edge. Continue east along the wooden boardwalk or bike the Martin Goodman Trail and you’ll pass several beaches, parks and gardens.

The air is fresh, the people and dogs are friendly.