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About Toronto Beaches Water Quality

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This page will be your best friend all summer long!

I'm often asked by concerned parents if the water is safe in Toronto beaches (quality wise). Bottom line: YES! Except following a rain storm, which disturbs the sediments for a while, Toronto's waters usually past the quality tests for safe E. coli bacteria count

The good news is the City of Toronto takes its water very seriously and you will find a page on their website, with daily updates on the quality of the water for eleven beaches! Check it out, or call the Beach Water Quality Hotline: 416-392-7161. 

Here's the list of the Toronto beaches visited by Toronto Fun Places, from west to east:

Sunnyside Beach, Hanlan's Point Beach, Gibraltar's Point Beach, Centre Island Beach, Ward's Island Beach, Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beach, Kew Beach, Balmy Beach, Bluffer's Beach Park, Rouge Beach.

Checklist for a fun beach outing:

Apart from the usual (your favourite kind of sun protection, beach towel and bathing suit), here are a few things I've been known to bring with us (that made my family very happy) or that I forgot to bring (and made everyone a bit less happy... but they got over it), happy I brought with us.

  • Cooler with goodies (in small portions in plastic containers)
  • Frozen bottles of water to keep things cold in your cooler... and drink later on
  • If you bring an illegal bottle of wine, make sure to bring the corkscrew! (We forgot once... real torture)
  • Beach blanket
  • Beach toys including a big sturdy plastic truck with ben, beach balls, cheap kitchenware to play in the sand, different sizes of containers, any kind of spraying device. Even better: give your kids a little budget to go to the Dollar Store the day before. 
  • A little pop-up tent for kids to play (change) and get a break from the sun
  • Big foam noodles
  • Water shoes if you go to a pebble beach
  • Some mchange to buy frozen treats
  • Consider a few water games (taken from one of my Pinterest boards) and plan to bring the required material

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Father's Day 2016 is Sunday June 19th!

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"Happiness is a fishing trip with your dad!" – Student from École publique Le Caron, Penetanguishene

I was in a French school this Friday and saw this in a display of quotes by the students saying what happiness is to them. This one really caught my attention! Which reminds me that Burd's Family Fishing is a fantastic place to get a first fishing expetience! Everyne is sure to catch someting... and they clean the fish for FREE! (a major plus, if you know what I mean!)

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Creches from Across the World 2015 at St. James Cathedral Centre

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To each culture its own crèche!

I was so glad to see that the Crèches from Across the World exhibit organized by St. James Cathedral is once again offered to the general public. It was cancelled for a few years while they were constructing the new St. James Cathedral Centre. The event is set in the Nancy Mallett Archives and Museum room. The small space doesn't allow for as many crèches as before but it still can hold nearly 50 crèches.

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The Museum features a few historical artifacts, such as this bell from the top of the school which opened on the current site of the Parish House in 1851.

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The event includes a collection of Nativity books, a Treasure Hunt list and some colouring sheets.

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Following your visit it is worth visiting St. James Cathedral to admire its stained glass.

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Forever kids in Allan Gardens Playground

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Following our visit to Allan Gardens Conservatory to admire the displays of their Christmas Flower Show, we went on the west side of the building to see if the new playground was lit enough for kids to play. It is, and will apparently bring the child in almost everyone!

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My oldest, who has accompanied me to most Toronto playgrounds when helping in his time with the research for Toronto Fun Places, has declared it the best playground in Toronto (my own personal favourite is Jamie Bell Adventure in High Park). He was lamenting that this playground did not exist when he was attending the College français, the French high school nearby. (Outdoor playgrounds are very popular with teeangers... when adults are not around.)

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Lovely mural at Bleecker and Carlton (one block east of Allan Gardens). We found street parking on Bleecker.

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Photo gallery of the gorgeous Christmas Flower Show 2015

Allan Gardens is looking very, very good!

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I think the Christmas Flower Show 2015 currently presented at Allan Gardens Conservatory is my favourite so far. The flower sculptures are lovely. Considering the very mild weather so far, I must say it cracked me up to see a guy on a toboggan surrounded by tropical plants.

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This year, as a bonus, the large greenhouse to the left of the entrance hosts many cute life-size (fake) birds and shiny eggs in nests. They inspired me to do an I-SPY game for you to print and play with your kids on your next visit. The Christmas display is on until January 10 (including on December 25 and January 1st), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They also offer candlelight nights until 7 p.m. on December 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, hence the glass lanterns all over the place. Can't wait to see this!

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 I forgot to say: there's also a little train circling around a tree.

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