Sugar Beach

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Sugar Beach
TypeUrban beach park
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
CreatedAugust 9, 2010
Operated byCity of Toronto
AwardsAzure magazine's AZ People's Choice Award: Best Landscape Architecture (2012)[1]
National Urban Design Award, Civic Design Projects (2012)[2]
American Society of Landscape Architects' Honor Award (2012): General Design[3]
Sugar Beach aquatic play area splash pad

Sugar Beach is an urban beach park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that opened in 2010. It is located across from Redpath Sugar Refinery in Toronto's eastern East Bayfront. Like HTO Park to the west, the beach is not meant to allow wading or swimming in Lake Ontario, but rather functions as a waterfront public space for relaxation, leisure, and social activities. It cost $14 million.[4]

A Waterfront Toronto project, the park is designed by landscape architecture firm Claude Cormier + Associés Inc.[3] It features a sandy beach with ornamental lighting, umbrellas, Muskoka chairs, rocky amphitheatre and candy trim, and pedestrian areas paved with granite setts in three colours arranged in a stylized maple leaf motif.

Since 2011, the beach has been the setting for the Toronto Port Authority's Sail-In Cinema event, with an inflatable movie screen mounted on a custom-built barge approximately 50 metres south of the beach.[5]


The park is triangular-shaped and built next to Redpath Sugar's refinery at Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay—the park's name references the nearby sugar refinery. It shares space with the new home of Corus Entertainment on Corus Quay (formerly Jarvis Street Slip). The building and beach are separated by a paved area with benches and trees in Silva Cells[6] that provide over 30 cubic meters of uncompacted soil to each tree.[3] Corus Quay has large retractable doors that allow the building to host concerts and events at Sugar Beach. Prior to construction, the entire site was a parking lot for the Jarvis Street Slip and located across from The Guvernment night club.[7] The slip itself dates back to infilling around 1919 to 1920s.

See also[edit]

A list of Toronto's other beaches and waterfront parks:


  1. ^ "Winners of AZURE Magazine's 2012 AZ Awards". 15 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  2. ^ "2012 National Urban Design Awards". Awarded by Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  3. ^ a b c "Canada's Sugar Beach". 2012 ASLA Professional Awards. American Society of Landscape Architects. Retrieved 22 May 2015. Designer: Claude Cormier + Associés Inc., Client: Waterfront Toronto
  4. ^ Gee, Marcus (9 July 2014). "Despite what Ford says, Sugar Beach is a sweet deal". The Globe and Mail.
  5. ^ McDiarmid, Jessica (19 August 2012). "Sail-in movie theatre makes waves in Toronto". Toronto Star. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  6. ^ DeepRoot (16 November 2010). "Silva Cell Installation - Sugar Beach/Jarvis Slip - Toronto". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Sugar Beach Opens". CityTV. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-09.

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Coordinates: 43°38′35″N 79°22′03″W / 43.64304°N 79.36741°W / 43.64304; -79.36741