The neighborhood known as the Beaches nestles up against the shores of Lake Ontario, a few kilometers east of the commercial center of Toronto. The streetcars from the Beaches take around 30 minutes to get downtown. With around 20,000 residents, the area offers a thriving and family-friendly local culture, with plenty of restaurants, cafés, parks, and bars. During the summer months, the neighborhood can get busy with residents and visitors who come for the laid-back lakeside atmosphere. There are almost 20 schools in the area for various ages, and there is a strong and active sense of community.