When friends from England come to visit us in Toronto for the first time they are always amazed by the size of Lake Ontario.  Toronto is blessed to be built on the shores of this huge lake that looks more like an ocean to the unitiated.  Although it's not the largest of the Great Lakes (I grew up on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world), it is clear, clean and cool, and actually has some great beaches. 
During our recent trip to Singapore, JR found his swimming groove and now can't get enough of the water.  Thank god we leave near one of Toronto's best stretches of beach.  We're a 10 minute walk to the lake and the Balmy/Kew boardwalk. 
The overcast skies kept the crowds at bay today, which was perfect.  There were just a few families playing in the sand, which meant that we had a nice space to ourselves. 

Mama and son - Balmy/Kew Beach Toronto
The boardwalk and beach is easily accessible by transit -- the 501 Queen Street streetcar, which runs 24 hours a day, drops passengers off one block north of the boardwalk admist a bustling stretch of trendy shops, cafes and restaurants.  The Beach is a great family destination any day of the week, but gets especially busy during the weekends, forcing you to dodge strollers and dogs.

It's always easier to just hang around the house - especially on days like today when the weather looks uncertain, but moments like these are worth whatever extra effort is required to get out and explore!

Now if only he'd wake up from his nap so we can check out the outdoor pool in our neighbourhood park!  Have a great Sunday, everyone...

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