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10th Annual Sandcastle Building Competition

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


(Toronto) — The Beaches Lodge No 473 is proud to announce its 10th annual sandcastle competition will again be held at Ashbridges Bay on 26 June 2016, the first Sunday of the summer, and award to the team who builds the best sandcastle – as decided by an independent group of judges – The Beaches Cup. Teams of builders – whether comprising co-workers, friends or families – can arrive at any time but must complete their design by 3pm. “We always expect some teams to be digging by sunrise,” says founder and organizer Graeme Boyce. “But we’ve found to be finished by 3pm they realistically need to begin sculpting by mid-morning.”

Formed by Freemasons living in the suburban East Toronto area over 110 years ago, their monthly meetings were regularly held on Balsam at Queen Street in the Beach area until the early 1960s, and dances were hosted at nearby Balmy Beach Club, as well as blood drives at St Aidan’s Church. Throughout the many past decades, its members have contributed food, toys and money to numerous foundations, causes and charities. These days, the members hold their lodge meetings at the York Temple in Leaside.

The competition is held east of the Woodbine Bathing Station and west of the Summerville Pool, adjacent to the boardwalk. In addition to a local TTC stop, there is a paid parking available at Ashbridges Bay, and additional parking lots north of Lakeshore, off Eastern Avenue, near the cinemas. “When I lived in Bermuda, a team from our hotel used to compete in a similar contest each Easter weekend for fun,” continues Boyce. “As a tourist attraction, building sandcastles has become incredibly popular for many beach communities around the world, but anyone with a spade and bucket can compete in our event that has attracted plenty of teams each year.”

Judges are currently being sought, tested on their knowledge of sandcastles and notified of the criteria in order to determine a winner. In no particular order, the critical elements are uniqueness, creativity, attention to detail and adornments. “The grand prize will be a trophy,” adds Boyce, “called The Beaches Cup, and maybe I’ll buy a round of ice cream afterwards.” For the benefit of passers-by, he concludes, each team will be encouraged to post a small sign with an explanation of the castle or structure they are building, as well as its significance.  Click here for more details

Beaches Home Grown

Beaches Home Grown is an innovative business that just opened in the Beaches area of Toronto. We offer organic edible gardening and landscaping services, and organic gardening workshops. We are a bike powered business working to break down the barriers of home based food production and increase people's knowledge of food production and regional food systems.

Our organic edible gardening and landscaping services, and organic gardening workshops can help people save money this summer by growing their own food instead of relying on the store bought produce which has become increasingly expensive.  Some of the foods that are going up the most in price including lettuce (up 17.9%), Tomatoes (up 11.9%), and Apples (up 16.6%)[1]can easily be grown in the GTA, making edible gardening a delicious and financially great choice.

Jamie Unwin, owner of Beaches Home Grown lived and worked on farms for three years in BC before completing her masters in Environmental Studies and Planning for Resilient Regional Food Systems from York University and a post graduate certificate in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University. She lives in the Beaches and works part time as an associate for Urban Food Strategies, one of Canada's only food systems planning firms. A desire to get her hands back into the dirt led her to start Beaches Home Grown in 2016.          

Please find attached a press release explaining our work and contact Jamie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-910-5768 with any inquiries.


About the Beaches

Welcome to the #1 resource for information on what’s going on at The Toronto Beaches! Join for free now to stay updated on news and happenings at the beaches! Our site puts you in touch with the pulse of the Greater Toronto Area’s most diversified and happening waterfront entertainment location. With several kilometres of boardwalk surrounded by sandy beach, scores of volleyball nets and a lakeshore breeze giving you a clear view of the lake and watercraft of all types. We invite you to come down and see the broad range of activities and individuals, both young and old, enjoying quality time at the Beaches. Get your team registered for our huge Heatwave Volleyball Tournament for Sick Kids, check out the Beaches Jazz Festival or just enjoy the view from the patio of The Boardwalk Pub...the list goes on and on. The following list of activities will give you a more complete idea of some of the many things to do and see at the Beaches:

  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Dining
  • Roller skating
  • Live Bands
  • Fundraising events
  • People watching
  • Tanning
  • Frisbee throwing
  • Cycling
  • R & R
activities at the Beaches

The community in The Beaches area in Toronto started in 1793 and has a long and vibrant history. It started when the area was divided into lots by Alexander Aitken for Lieutenant Governor John Simcoe and the new owners, or their heirs, developed roads and settlements. As the villages grew, some owners fashioned recreational areas, which they often opened to the local population. Word spread and by the 1870's The Beaches became the summer resort for the residents of Toronto. As these small villages grew into Towns the City of Toronto eventually incorporated them into the City framework. In 1910 to 1920, the local governments began to buy the land that many of the private and commercial recreational areas occupied. Property purchases and renovation work progressed slowly, but in 1932 the Beaches Park opened and there has been no looking back, as growth and development in this area has continued.

Now, it is one of the most sought-after areas in the city and a place where locals and tourists alike, flock to for a relaxing evening walk, some good entertainment or just to look out on the serene waterfront. This website offers you the chance to stay up-to-date on events and other news that may be happening at your Toronto Beaches!

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