Toronto Island

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Want a cheap and easy way to get away from noisy and busy Toronto? Easy. Make your way to the waterfront and hop onto the ferry for a short fifteen-minute ride, direction Toronto Island. Yes, the boat will be packed but trust me, once you arrive, after the crowd disembark, you will feel you are on another planet. Even Centre Island, the most popular island, is quiet, green and big enough for large groups of tourists—and car-free!

The only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre. Today, it’s a popular recreational centre and a quick getaway from the “mainland”.

Just the ferry rid can wow even the most blasé tourist: the view on Toronto’s skyline is amazing. That alone is worth the $7.50 ride!

Mark was too young for most of the Centreville Amusement Park (and, ahem, I was too cheap to buy tickets to the attractions) but he did enjoy the carousel and the playground. The weather was stormy but it didn’t rain (the travel Gods were with us!) and we were able to enjoy a long walk around the island, the marina, the pier and the beach.

You can see the complete Toronto set on Flickr.

In The Boat

In The Boat

In The Boat

In The Boat

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour

Plane in a Stormy Sky

Plane in a Stormy Sky

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Arrived!

Arrived!

Centre Island

Centre Island

In The Carousel

In The Carousel

Geese

Geese

Still Green

Still Green

Sunflower

Sunflower

The Park

The Park

Learning to Walk

Learning to Walk

At the Playground

At the Playground

The Beach

The Beach

The Pier

The Pier

The Beach

The Beach

The Beach

The Beach

Centre Island

Centre Island

Distances

Distances

Bikes to Explore

Bikes to Explore

Tourists

Tourists

The Pier

The Pier

Toronto Island

Toronto Island

In The Ferry

In The Ferry

The Ferry

The Ferry

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

In The Ferry

In The Ferry

Back in Toronto!

Back in Toronto!

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22 Comments

  1. Wow, c’est vraiment cool ça! 🙂 Pourtant j’ai fait mes études en tourisme et je suis même déjà allée à Toronto et je savais même pas qu’y’avait une île :/ La honte! 😀

    Ca a l’air superbe sur l’île et tu as une vue imprenable sur les gratte-ciel! 🙂 Merci Zhu pour la découverte 🙂

  2. Belles photos! Et même si je suis originaire d’une ville à 1 heure de Toronto, je n’ai jamais visitée ces îles! Mais peut être lors d’un prochain voyage (pendant le beau temps!)…

  3. Ah, the islands. This is one area of Toronto that I failed to explore while I was still living nearby. I guess I always spent time hanging out with my friends that most of my Toronto stays were more social than sight-seeing in nature.

  4. Cool, I was JUST there yesterday! I was so surprised that this kind of place exists so near to Toronto, and how you can stand on this island, looking at the Toronto skyline, and you’re right: you feel like you are on a different planet! It’s totally worth a visit. Great for walking and escaping and seeing something different. My friends and I spent ages at the farm. I loved the baby goats and piglets!

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