The Beaches, of course, is defined by its connection to a great lake: Lake Ontario.
Often overlooked by residents in other parts of the city in the winter, this east-end neighbourhood transforms into a cultural oasis in the summer months.
Stroll along the lakeside with a four-legged friend, grab some hand-made ice-cream or bring the kids for a dip in the cool waters of the lake.
You can take in some free jazz at the Beaches International Jazz Festival in July.
Or mingle with the crowds in May at North America's largest festival for dogs: "Woofstock."
There's a little bit of something for everyone in the Beaches: beautiful homes, boutique condos by the water, great schools for the kids and a vibrant Queen-east commercial strip.