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Smells like Old Scarborough.
Vibe Out-of-the-way getaway.
Unique features Located at the mouth of the Rouge River (established in 1974); circa-1955 hydro station house; Rouge wetlands.
Sand specs Wet and compacted near river, lush further west.
Extras Popular fishing spot; canoe club; the GO train bombing by every so often on the cliff behind; view of the Pickering nuke plant.
Getting there GO to Rouge Hill station, and a bit of a trek from there; or Lawrence East bus to the end of the line.
411 on H20 No Blue Flag here; high E. coli levels from pollution upstream mean it's swim at your own risk some of the time.
Next wave The city is reviewing relocating swimming areas (maybe to Fairport Beach further west, where work is currently under way).