|Clockwise: Beaches Library, Firehall No. 217|
R.C. Harris Treatment Plant, "Gardener's House"
(Kew Gardens), Fox Theatre House
There is so much to do in such a large area which extends from Victoria Park to Kingston Rd, Eastern Avenue to the shores of Lake Ontario. Trendy and eclectic, the Beaches offers so much for everyone. We went for a walk along the boardwalk on Sunday. The boardwalk covers most of the length of the beach from east to west. Near the east end there is a sewage treatment plant and on a hot humid day, you’ll know exactly what they’re treating! But this time of year, in the fall, where the air is cool and the winds are high, pollution and smog aren’t a problem. There are four beaches in the area: Balmy, Scarborough, Kew and Woodbine. In the summer Woodbine, Kew and Balmy beach are all safe to swim in. But it’s too cold now for that, so we just checked out a few places.
I don’t know if many of you ever had time to check out the historic buildings in the Beaches area since most of us really just go there to rollerblade, or have picnics, bike ride or just hang out by the beach. But the Beaches area has been around as an attraction since before the first World War so there’s a lot of history here. I love historical buildings and there are many designated under the Ontario Heritage act (see Rosedale and College Subway).
|Boardwalk and Kew Beach|
Beaches Branch Public library was built in 1916, is gorgeous and has been revamped a few times, but kept its original integrity; it’ at 2161 Queen East. The Dominion Bank at Queen and Lee was built 1911. There is an old Movie house which is still operating called the Fox theatre, built in 1914, located at Queen and Beech Avenues. Kew Beach Firehall, No. 17 was built in 1905! It’s still used today. Finally we saw the Kew Williams House located at 30 Lee Avenue, built 1901-1902.
What a great day to be out! Hope you all get a chance to enjoy it.