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 ride can wow even the most blasé tourist—the views of 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.

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. La Madame September 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

    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 🙂

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    1. Zhu September 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

      C’est pas un endroit si connu finalement, sauf des gens de Toronto! À découvrir en tout cas 😉

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  2. Crystal September 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

    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!)…

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    1. Zhu September 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Merci! D’où viens-tu?

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      1. Crystal September 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        St. Catharines 🙂

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        1. Zhu September 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

          Ah yes, that’s pretty close!

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  3. Holly Nelson September 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I love your pink nail varnish! We have never done this, but my brother did and said it was so amazing, really need to go there!

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    1. Zhu September 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Pedicures are my drug, I admit it 😆 Plus Mark loves my painted toes, it keeps him busy (lame excuse, I know!)

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  4. N September 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Wow, I had no idea this place existed. That would have been fun to explore on our (not so many) day trips to Toronto!

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    1. Zhu September 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Add it to your list for the net time you are around up North!

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  5. Milsters @ Little Pieces of Light September 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Ooooh! Great tip! My parents are off to Toronto for the first time at the end of the month to visit my youngest sister, and I’ll be heading there as well next summer, so I’m collecting all the Toronto tips you have. 🙂

    Milsters

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    1. Zhu September 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Cool! Don’t hesitate t email me or check out the Snapshots of Toronto section for more ideas 😉

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  6. Jeruen September 15, 2013 at 12:27 am

    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.

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    1. Zhu September 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Don’t feel bad: we went to Toronto dozens of times and only visited twice!

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  7. Dennation September 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I always wondered where photographers take their pictures of the Toronto skyline… now I know.

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    1. Zhu September 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Yep, that’s the place I guess!

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  8. Colleen Brynn September 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    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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    1. Zhu September 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Funny you’ve just visited as well! Did you like the skyline from the boat? I could ride that ferry over and over for just that!

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  9. shionge September 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I did not explore much when I was there but I did enjoy the skyline when I took the bus from the airport to the city 😀

    Nice photos Zhu 😀

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    1. Zhu September 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you! There is so much to see in Toronto, especially for tourists, that you will need to come back to check out Toronto Island!

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  10. Christiane September 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

    It looks like a nice place to relax 🙂

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    1. Zhu September 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Definitely!

      Reply

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