Located in the Beaches area, the Ashbridge's Bay Park is definitely the hippest piece of green within the city limits. ... More
Ashbridge's Bay Park
Located in the Beaches area, the Ashbridge's Bay Park is definitely the hippest piece of green within the city limits. Known for its beaches and boardwalk, this is the place summertime was made for. The Mix Musicfest and the Labatt Blue Pro Beach Volleyball Tour add to the already busy pace of in-line skaters, walkers, joggers and cyclists along the winding Martin Goodman Trail. Facilities include a fully accessible washroom, drinking fountain, fire-pits and picnic area. There is a public boat launch and plenty of parking available.
I've talked about Ashbridge's Bay park in one of my blogs and I thought I'ld share it here.
"Following the Martin Goodman Trail, along the boardwalk and the bike trail, from Woodbine Bathing Station, you'll reach a portion of the Beaches where the beach widens up to really, really wide...like the beach shore is way out there about 400 ft far from the boardwalk. This is where all the beach volleyballers are, as there are lots of sand volleyball courts here. So bypassing this portion of the beach, the trail goes parallel to the shore until it splits into a series of Ys. Staying close to the shore, you'll end up traversing, still, the Martin Goodman Trail in Ashbridges Bay Park. Another nature park trail. But this one's a bit different from the rest...its got lots of "lover's lane" and secluded beaches. Tucked away from the rest of the picnic ground area, near Woodbine Bathing station and away from the noise and the maddening beach crowd, this trail gives you a view of the more secluded spaces for nature tripping or fishing. The first thing you'll notice are the small coves and inlets for canoes, kayaks and small yachts which traverse the rocky shores of this bay. Couples who want to be left undisturbed, or loners who simply want to enjoy nature in the comfort of his own privacy.. . are normally seen near this trails.
And the most rewarding part of this adventure, I think, is when you reach the scenic lookout point located at the southernmost tip of the park, where you get an almost 360 degree view of Lake Ontario, the eastern shores of Toronto including the Beaches, and, westward, the building skyline of Downtown Toronto with the ubiquitous CN Tower. (Yes, we always seem to notice this famous landmark anywhere we go around the city.) A few breathing exercises at this breezy lookout point and you're recharged again for another set of bike trail adventure."
This park is open free 24/7 with a wide area for public parking, also free of charge, and all you have to bring is a picnic or at least some bottled water, if ever you get tired and thirsty from hiking the trails. Bring a pair of binoculars, if you have one, so, you can fully enjoy the flotilla of sails cruising Lake Ontario.
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