Get ready to celebrate the cold with Winter Stations

An over-sized canoe billowing steam. A globe of charred wood lined with faux fur on the inside. A public sauna. These are just three things people can expect from the second year of Winter Stations, set to launch on Family Day at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches. The now-annual event blends art, design and architecture […]

Five year global journey begins at Balmy Beach

Pogo stick, Winnipeg. To most people, it sounds like a bouncy part of Manitoba. To Markus Pukonen, it’s a game plan – one leg of a motor-free trek around the world. Over five years and 82,000 km, Pukonen plans to circle the globe by paddling, running, cycling, sailing, skateboarding, scootering and whatever other motor-free means […]

Veteran launches Paddling with PTSD from Balmy Beach

Wind chimes were ringing the day Trevor Petersen first tested his paddleboard at Balmy Beach. The east wind pushed against the military veteran as he stood and paddled for Bluffer’s Park – stop one on what would be a month-long trek to Ottawa. But Petersen is no stranger to a headwind. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress […]

Winter Stations brings art to the beach

Five of the lifeguard stands along the east end of the beach will be almost unrecognizable by Family Day. This year marked the first Winter Stations contest, in which architects, designers, and artists worldwide were invited to submit design concepts for making over the dormant beach structures, as a way to celebrate winter and create […]

Big water rowers race at Balmy Beach

Most rowers like their water flat, but not Samuel Lavoie. Watching half-metre waves plow up Balmy Beach after the opening heat of Ontario’s first coastal rowing regatta, Lavoie was all smiles. Steady wind promised even bigger surf for the 6 km final. “I came today because they said it would be really windy this afternoon, […]

Woof-Fit Mini Triathlon raises $19,000

[flagallery gid=39] On foot, wheels and water, more than 50 dogs and their people woofed their way along Balmy Beach for the second annual Woof-Fit Mini Triathlon last Saturday. The event raised over $19,000 for canine cancer research through the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund. Note: An error in the June 24 print edition of the Beach […]