Kew-Balmy | Great Lakes Guide
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Kew and Balmy Beaches were first opened to Toronto in the 1930s. Torontonians would swarm the sand, the boardwalk and the amusement parks that dotted the shore. Today these beaches still hold onto some of that charm and history – with the Kew Beach lawnbowling club, and the Kew Gardens Bandstand (built on the remains of a lost river!). The bandstand hosts bands throughout the warmer months as well as the annual Jazz Festival. Right on the shore is a beach club that dates back to 1905. Members of the Beach Club have won gold and silver medals at the Olympics and their football team won the Grey Cup, twice, in 1927 and 1930. At the most eastern end of the beach is the Robert Harris Water Filtration Plant – a gorgeous art deco palace – that was memorialised in Michael Ondaatje’s novel In the Skin of a Lion. The City of Toronto merged Kew and Balmy beaches in 2006.

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Kew-Balmy is a Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.

Water Quality:

  • Weather
  • Current temperature
  • -4°
    Feels like -11°
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

    • Humidity

    • 70%
    • Precipitation

    • 0%
    • Precip. type

    • None
    • UV Index

    • 0
    • Visibility

    • 16.1km
    • Sunrise

    • 7:45 AM
    • Sunset

    • 5:14 PM
    • Wind gust

    • 41.4kph
    • Wind speed

    • 22.5kph
    • Wind direction

    • Southwest

    • Today

    • -2°
    • -10°
    • Wednesday

    • -6°
    • Thursday

    • -4°
    • Friday

    • -1°
    • Saturday

    • Sunday

    • -1°
    • Monday

    • -1°

    • This beach has Blue Flag status 

t took many years of constant learning, fishless days and lots of frustration to catch fish. Fast Forward 2 years later and I catch my first Grenadier Pond fish at 12 years old. That fish is the most important fish to me because that fish inspired me to get more involved in protecting our waterways and environment.

Grenadier Pond, ON
Mark Medeiros