By car from the west, drive east along Lakeshore Blvd East until you get to the intersection of Coxwell Ave (which ends at Lakeshore). Coxwell turns into Ashbridges Bay Park Road south of Lake Shore Blvd East. Turn south on Ashbridges Bay Park Road and follow the winding road (keeping right) until the large parking lot (see map below). Park your car, get a "Pay & Display" ticket from the meter, then walk back along the road you came a few hundred feet to the entrance of the Lions Club/ Balmy Beach property. To the right of the vehicle entrance you will see a pedestrian gate. Walk through that gate and straight to the water behind the Lions Club building. The other buildings to the left are not part of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Go down to the dragon boat docks and meet the team by the picnic tables. Car-pooling will also be arranged.
Take the subway to Woodbine Station and then take Woodbine Bus #92 south to the Ashbridges Bay turn-around loop (end of the line at the lake), or, take the #501 Queen Streetcar eastbound from downtown, and exit at the Coxwell Ave. stop and then walk south to the Balmy Beach Canoe Club (at Coxwell Ave and Lakeshore Blvd).
ALERT: May 2014 - #501 Queen Streetcar detours off of Queen Street due to track work just west of Coxwell. It still gets you to Queen and Coxwell, but ask the driver to be sure.
Please note that the parking lot is NOT FREE on weekdays from 5-8pm. You must buy a Pay-and-Display ticket from the meter. The cost is 75 cents per 30 minutes, or $2.25 or $3.00 in change depending on how early and late you are there. Check the meter to confirm hours of operation and cost!
Please DO NOT park in the area closest to the boat launch ramps (or any unmarked area). This area (with long narrow marked parking spots) is reserved for vehicles with trailers and you will be ticketed every time if you park there ($110 ticket). Cars are ticketed hourly, every night, so don't take a chance!
An alternate location is north on Coxwell. Follow the road til it curves right to the north end of Woodbine Park as seen on the map above right. It is also Pay and Display. You may also be able to park on the east side of Coxwell between Lakeshore and Queen (check signs).
Click HERE to see an interactive map of the area.