Kew-Balmy | Great Lakes Guide
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Balmy Beach is a Blue Flag Beach for the 2019 season*.

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 lawn bowling 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 memorialized 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.

*A Blue Flag beach is one that meets strict water quality and safety criteria. These beaches are certified annually as being clean, accessible, eco-friendly, and having great water quality! Swim Drink Fish is the National Operator for Blue Flag in Canada.

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Photo by: Susan Drysdale

Water Quality:

  • Weather
  • Current temperature
  • 18°
    Feels like 18°
Rain starting in the afternoon.

    • Humidity

    • 77%
    • Precipitation

    • 0%
    • Precip. type

    • None
    • UV Index

    • 0
    • Visibility

    • 16.1km
    • Sunrise

    • 5:42 AM
    • Sunset

    • 8:50 PM
    • Wind gust

    • 20.2kph
    • Wind speed

    • 9.3kph
    • Wind direction

    • Southeast

    • Today

    • 21°
    • 16°
    • Friday

    • 22°
    • 15°
    • Saturday

    • 19°
    • 10°
    • Sunday

    • 17°
    • Monday

    • 19°
    • Tuesday

    • 19°
    • 11°
    • Wednesday

    • 22°
    • 14°

    • This beach has Blue Flag status 

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