Toronto has plenty of beaches to spend the day and parks for outdoor recreation. You can find both this summer at Marie Curtis Beach and Park. Known for its seclusion and quietness, this calm beach is a perfect spot to stay cool. If you are looking for a place of solitude and beautiful scenery, then check out this destination.
This local park and beach are free and accessible to both locals and visitors. Some view it as the last true neighborhood beach remaining in Toronto. It is located at the end of the Queen streetcar line, found in the Long Branch area. Marie Curtis Beach and Park offers a variety of activities, from hiking and biking to picnicking. You can spend the day relaxing and soaking in the sun. There are a splash pad and wading pool for folks to cool off. You can go for a swim on the East Beach, feeling the icy chill of Lake Ontario. You can walk along and explore some of the wooded paths and nature trails, hidden just off the main path, where you may encounter 58 different species of birds and 150 plant species. Dogs and their owners will enjoy the off-leash area.
Remarkably, it’s of the few Canadian parks named after a woman leader. Marie Curtis was a former reeve (mayor or top official) of Long Branch and one of the first women to become a reeve in the Toronto area in 1953. According to Wikipedia, she was a self-described housewife, whose "political commentary was as crusty as the scrumptious apple pies she loved to bake." The park was named to honor her role in transforming 35-acres of devastated wetland into the park and beach that exists today.
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