Cheap Date: The End is Nigh
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Cheap Date: The End is Nigh

cheapdate.gifYou should probably know (if you weren’t already aware) that the end is nigh.
We are closer to exiting this blissful time of sun and greenery, than we once were to entering it – yes the autumn will soon be upon us. So, it’s time to take advantage of the sun while it is here with us.
It is time to take your best girl and/or boy to the beach.
After all, nothing says romance like summers last rays of sunshine hitting the cute (if destitute) scantily clad bodies of young boys and girls hanging by the waters edge.
Most of what makes the beach so great is free, free, free – and since we’re on that ubiquitous thirty dollars and under budget, that suits us just fine, and makes for the perfect cheap date.

Sun, sand, water, volleyball, Frisbee, kickball, swimming, sunsets, biking on the boardwalk – all these things are activities best enjoyed 100% free by the waters edge.
When considering heading to the beach, it is helpful to keep in mind that each Toronto beach has a personality it’s own.
For example, you could head to the sophisticated and trendy Beach/Beaches district.
I myself have often enjoyed the patio at the Boardwalk Cafe (1681 Lakeshore Ave). However, the whole Beach/Beaches area can be hell to head to on a weekend, so I recommend trying it at a less saturated time.
So, as a West side girl, I’m partial to Sunnyside beach and bathing pavilion.
This mostly has to do with proximity, but also some family history. It is the area my grandmother and grandfather would frequent, back when the era was Depressed, and the stretch of land under the Gardiner was an amusement park.
Sunnyside certainly has retained a bit of that old-timey romance – the bathing pavilion is an official historical site, and is a gorgeous example of late revivalist architecture. Most importantly swimming in it’s turquoise waters is very much a free affair.
There is yet more fun to be had at Sunnyside. Located at the back of the pavilion is a cosy cafe with an ample patio that serves a wide variety of beverages and cafe classics, including pizzas baked in a wood burning oven and lots of reasonably priced, candy flavoured, margaritas and daiquiris – the perfect capping to a gloriously hot and sweaty day on the beach.