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.