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Smells like Etobicoke in the 50s.
Vibe Waterfront Trail blazers; dog walkers; Long Branch locals.
Unique features Giant cannon; 150-year-old alders; "Jesus Loves You" message on park bench; site of a former flood plain; created in 1959 after Hurricane Hazel wiped out houses in the area.
Sand specs Could use a few truckloads in spots.
Extras A mating pair of white swans in nearby Etobicoke Creek; in the works, a $2.8 million master plan to redesign the area.
Getting there Foot of 42nd south of Lakeshore East; GO west to Alderwood; or Lakeshore car to Long Branch.
411 on H20 Toronto's worst for water quality because of pollution from Etobicoke Creek. But swimmable except after big rain storms.
Next wave Move the beach to the west side of Etobicoke Creek where the water is cleaner.