The Toronto Islands are a treasure that most visitors to the city overlook. On our Christmas visit to the city Ros and I paid the Islands a visit. The park does attract over a million visitors annually.
Access to the Islands is by ferry. The docks are located at the foot of Bay Street behind the Westin Hotel. In the winter a smaller ferry runs to Wards Island and serves the needs of the island residents. In summer there are three ferry docks on the islands served by much larger ferries. On the ride over to the island you get unique views of the city.
Wards and Algonquin Islands have residential communities on them. Center Island is the main visitor destination.
It’s great to be downtown in the largest city in Canada and in minutes be transported to a peaceful country like setting with fantastic views of the city.
The islands cover an area of 569 acres. We took a walk through the neighborhoods and along the boardwalk to Center Island. In the summer there are many attractions here. The Centerville amusement park and petting zoo are fun for the kids. Picnic facilities with BBQ are plentiful.
Playing fields for most team sports are available.
If you get tried of walking there are bikes and boats available for rental.
When the busy pace in the city gets to you the islands offer a great nearby getaway to relax. Enjoy a side of Toronto many miss out on.
Combine a harbour tour with your island visit