The Toronto Islands are Open!!
A short ferry ride from the city, a small chain of islands boast beaches, a farm, an amusement park, a children’s garden and a lagoon! Snack bars, picnic areas, washrooms and fire pits, tennis courts, wildlife reserves and some pretty darn sweet cottages dot the islands. Ward’s Island has a vibrant residential community with a low key beach, candy coloured cottages, sailing and canoe clubs.
The laid back little Island Café opens at 8am on weekdays and 9am on the weekends and The Rectory Café offers a lakeside patio and a more sophisticated menu. Centre Island has bike and boat rentals, a wading pool, a swimming pool, a busy beach and a hedge maze.
Franklin’s Children’s Garden runs drop in programs all summer from 1-4pm and hosts the Earth Rangers Live Animal Show on weekends and holidays at 11:30am, 12:30 and 1:30pm. Get there early to pick up a discovery backpack, get lost in the vine tunnel, explore the tree house and climb Snail Trail to the highest point on the islands to take a look at the garden through free child height binoculars.
If the thrill of a spinning tea cup or a flying bumble bee is more your child’s speed, visit Centreville. It’s a small amusement park with a beautiful antique carousel, pint sized rides like the log flume all sized for the under 4 feet set. And you can watch the sun set on the ferry ride home. A few notes: Because of flooding, the swan ride and bumper boats will be closed until the water levels recede a little more. Sadly, the train tracks sustained a lot of damage and parts will have to be re-built, the train will remain closed for the 2017 season.
Far Enough Farm will also be closed for the remainder of the season as the many of barns and pens will have to be rebuilt once the farm dries up. That said, Centreville is a delight and we urge you to visit and soak in the whole island vibe.
Check our complete guide to the islands right here >
Toronto Island Ferry Terminal,
Queen’s Quay W, E of Bay St | 416-392-8193
Get your ferry tickets in advance to avoid the lineups!
For more summer fun, check out all our favourite Pools & Beaches, Parks of Note, Places to Go and hundreds of Summer Events in the complete 2017 Summer Fun Guide!