10.7.13

sugar beach

Last week I had a few days off and I decided to check out Sugar Beach. I hadn’t been to that area in ages; when I last visited (possibly to go to a concert at The Guvernment across the street—I saw so many great bands there when I was younger, from Stereolab to Sonic Youth to Björk to Massive Attack), it was a parking lot. And now it is so sweet!

I sat across from the Redpath sugar refinery and watched as a ship called Chestnut unloaded raw sugar. I find it so difficult to sit in sand and not be able to go into the water on a hot, smoggy day (as I have been conditioned since childhood to cool off in the water when on a real beach), but it was a quiet, pleasant spot to read a book in the shade, or look out and watch sailboats skim past. Just an all-around delightful, well-designed public space. Small, but so charming. There are fountains to splash around in, and that day there were no kids taking advantage.

I drove (foolish!) because I was out running errands, but it would be easy to walk from Union subway station or to bike down Jarvis. I took these pictures with my LC-A+ and Kodak Portra film.

In mid-August Sugar Beach will be the site of Sail-In Cinema, free movies presented on a floating screen, and I am really looking forward to it. Last year they showed The Poseidon Adventure, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Hook. I love The Poseidon Adventure so I have my fingers crossed for something of that caliber!





20 comments:

  1. This looks lovely - I wish we had something similar where I live but sadly not. I would love to live by the water. Oh and you have seen some awesome bands in your time! xx

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  2. I love the dusky pink of those umbrellas. Also that they're there at all, hooray for sun safety. Can't deal with how perfect the name Sugar Beach is...can a name be instagrammable?

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  3. That is super charming! There is a place here in Portland called "Swan Island" which sounds really cool but is actually just a weird industrial shipping area. Bummer.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the pale pink color with this blue sky, it's lovely!
    Beautiful photos, really, makes me want to go to the beach immediately! ;-)
    xoxo
    Melodie
    http://sevenlivesandmore.blogspot.fr/

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  5. i think the umbrellas were made for you :)

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  6. that beach is the cutest. there's a lake down the street from my house and i don't go there nearly enough. if there were pink umbrellas there though, i'd surely be there everyday. :-)

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  7. I've been meaning to try this place out since we moved to the city, but the not-being-able-to-swim part has been putting me off - it just looks so hot! But I didn't know there were fountains to splash around in! Plus that shade under those umbrellas does look so inviting...

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  8. stereolab! if i don't see bjork in her/my lifetime, i'll die.

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  9. Em K G10.7.13

    This is gorgeous - wish there was a pretty pink umbrella beach in Sydney!

    denimandglory.wordpress.com

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  10. I had seen pictures of the lovely pink umbrellas, but had no idea where exactly Sugar Beach was. Now I wish I had made a trek there when I was last in TO! The Guvernment (and The Warehouse!) were favourite spots of mine as a teen :)
    Love the Redpath refinery too.

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  11. The colors in this post are fantastic. This place looks beautiful.
    xo, Tori Lynne
    http://generationscollective.blogspot.com/

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  12. So lovely! Those pink umbrellas are the best.

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  13. I love this project- designed by a great Canadian landscape architect Claude Cormier- would love to visit it one day- the umbrellas are so simple but iconic.
    http://www.claudecormier.com/projects

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  14. wow, beautiful beach!!

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  15. I totally want to check out sugar beach, but I really need water to make it fun. I love going for a swim to cool off from the heat!

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  16. What a beautiful place! We definitely don't have beaches next to sky scrapers where I'm from.

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  17. it looks delightful! those pink umbrellas were definitely a good contribution to the sweetness factor!

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  18. So happy I found this blog that's based in Toronto too! Beautiful pictures. Followed!

    Cindy Nguyen x

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