Canada’s Sugar Beach

An Urban Beach and Neighbour to the Redpath Refinery.

Why this is a great design

Canada’s Sugar Beach was designed by Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes in association with the Planning Partnership. The design draws upon the industrial heritage of the area and its relationship to the neighbouring Redpath Sugar factory.

Comprised of a plaza, an urban beach and a tree-lined promenade, Canada’s Sugar Beach is like three parks in one. Its engaging plaza space features an oversized candy-striped granite rock outcropping and large grassy mounds that form a colourful amphitheatre-style space for the park’s many concerts and events. At the beach, white Muskoka-style chairs under bright pink umbrellas give people a place to while away the afternoon. Its tree-lined promenade, which runs diagonally through the park and connects to the Water’s Edge Promenade, includes a granite maple leaf water feature where people can cool off next to the beach.

The design of Sugar Beach exemplifies Waterfront Toronto’s commitment to design excellence. Conceived as part of an international design competition that actively engaged the public, the park has helped to raise the bar for city-building in Toronto by setting a new standard for the creativity of design and quality of materials. Canada’s Sugar Beach has won five prestigious design awards since opening in 2009.


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