A quick ferry ride from the city center, the Toronto Islands are chain of small islands that offer a pleasant respite from the bustling city. Come here to soak up the sun, laze on the beaches, or take a peaceful bike ride.
One of the most popular Toronto Islands is Centreville, which is a favorite for visitors. The island includes a children's amusement park, tiny shops on a turn-of-the-20th-century Main Street, and the Far Enough Farm, where the kids can pet lambs, chicks, and other barnyard animals. Kids will love riding the old-fashioned carousel and the miniature railway. The other popular islands, more residential than Centreville, are Ward’s Island, Algonquin (Sunfish Island), and Olympic.
The Toronto Islands have several swimming beaches, including Centre Island Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan's Point Beach and Ward's Island Beach. The Islands also host a number of events, including the Olympic Island Festival, an annual rock concert.
Recommended for a casual lazy day..the boat ride to the Island is peaceful with wonderful views of Toronto and the Island full of various venues and activcities
Review by Jeff, Australia, October 2010
The Toronto Islands are located just 10 minutes from downtown Toronto. The only way to get to the islands is by ferry or water taxi. Three public ferry routes provide links for passengers and service vehicles from the central Toronto waterfront to docks at Hanlan's Point, Centre Island Park and Ward's Island. The fourth public ferry service provides a vehicle and passenger connection from a dock at the foot of Bathurst Street to the airport.
Driving on the island is limited to service vehicles. However, bicycles are welcome on the ferries; you can also rent bikes on the islands.