“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
The Beaches district feels more like a small beach town than a neighborhood of Canada's largest city, especially in summer. The neighborhood is sunny, young, and artistically inclined, with a classic boardwalk and a landmark lifeguard station. Kids and pets appreciate the plentiful waterfront parkland, and shops and restaurants along Queen Street East are a magnet for locals in good weather. Kew Gardens hosts many of the city's most popular annual events, including the Beaches International Jazz Festival and Beaches Arts and Crafts Show. Die-hard locals insist The Beach is the proper name for this area, but more laid-back residents claim The Beaches is perfectly acceptable.