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Toronto Islands
Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands

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Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Hiking and Nature, Lake
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Toronto Islands, ON M5V, Canada
https://www.torontoisland.com/
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The Toronto Islands offer outdoor enthusiasts a host of fun activities in which to engage. Whether you want to rent a bicycle to tour the various islands or rent canoes to explore their respective ... Read more
coastlines, the Toronto Islands offer you a quiet oasis in the midst of Canada’s most bustling city. Once the home of various Native American tribes, Canadians settled the islands early in the 19th century. Now the largest car-free urban area in North America, the Toronto Islands offer you a multitude of attractions, including numerous swimming beaches, the Centreville amusement park and the annual Olympic Island music festival and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival.

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North York, Canada

We LOVE Toronto Island!! It is a perfect way to spend a day in the city. With a 35 minute ride on the Go Train you arrive at Jack Layton's Ferry for a 20 minute ferry ride to the Island. Perfect place for a picnic.

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Local from Toronto, Canada

An okay place with family and friends but with the right people it could be a fun adventure lots of aesthetic photos

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New York City, New York State

Toronto islands is definitely one of the best things to do in Toronto (in the summer) this picture was taken at a clothing optional beach called Hanlan's point it was really interesting and fun loving!

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This is a beautiful place where you can enjoy the day with your friends, family.

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Local from Toronto, Canada

Restful place to spend the day riding and discovering the quirkiness of Ward Island and a picnic or stopping for food and live music at The Rectory.

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Take a full day to enjoy a visit to Toronto Islands! Breathtaking view of the city from across the islands, day or night time.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

Great beaches and trails, plus the City Center Airport. Porter Airlines, which is based here, even uses a raccoon as its mascot after the island's residents!

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Amazing place in the summer to take the ferry over for walks, picnics, Centreville petting zoo and rides, beaches and the best view of the city.

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Local from Toronto, Canada

I was once an English teacher. My students and I sat in a small, stuffy classroom all day, every day, so I decided that we needed a vacation. Since drinking and gambling with students is highly inappropriate, I brought them here instead.

Children everywhere. In the bushes. In the water. In the trees. In the fountains. We couldn't get away. Every time we moved or felt safe from their high-pitch laughter, they appeared out of nowhere with their toothless grins!!!

My point? The Toronto Islands are great for families, especially in the summer. If you don't like the company of children, you're screwed.

The beach, although small compared to Woodbine, is so clean; I love swimming in the warm water. There's a lot of green and a lot of space to set up a blanket and have a picnic. You can rent a bike and circle the islands. You can also bring your own bike on board the ferry. There are many trails so you can walk along the water, play frisbee, kick a ball around. It's an amazing place. The ferry ride over is also fun and you get an incredible view of the city.

Getting there is so easy. Go to Union Station and walk towards the lake. TTC workers can point you in the right direction. Don't wait for the bus from Union -- it takes forever. The walk is only 5-10 minutes. Once you buy your $7 roundtrip ticket, queue up in the shortest ferry line. You do not have to take the Centre Island Ferry. I REPEAT: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE CENTRE ISLAND FERRY. All the islands are connected and a very short distance from one another. Avoid the Centre Island crowds and hop on any ferry that comes first. You'll thank me later!

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Local from Toronto

The Islands are unlike any other spot in Toronto. There are several to choose from and they all serve different (although similar) purposes. Ward's Island is the best place to go sunbathing. You'll feel like you're not even in the city. Hanlan's Point is the clothing-optional beach, so you know what you can do there. And Centre Island is for the kiddies and the young at heart as it boasts a small fairground. All of the islands can be accessed from Queen's Quay for $6 a ticket on the ferry.

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30 minutes from our property is Toronto Island, catch the ferry over for a great day out with the family...beaches, amusement rides, biking, art gallery and resturant

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A country town in the city. Take the 10-minute ferry to this oasis -- bike and walking trails, petting zoo, and parkland. It's perfect for summer excursions because the lake breeze means it's always cooler.

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Great day out in the sun. The ferries can get busy on the weekend. Lovely to take bikes over there.

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Take a ferry ride and stroll through nature across the water from the bustling city.

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The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands in the city of Toronto, Ontario. Great way to spend a day on the beach with a picnic!

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The Toronto Islands website will give in depth detail of events and activity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Islands
The Rectory Cafe on Ward's Island (at the east end of the island) is one of my favourite escapes on a hot summer day. If you are travelling with kids, a day at Centreville is a must, then ride your bike or rent a multi-person bike and ride along the path to any of the other islands. It makes for a perfect Toronto experience. The west end of the island, Hanlon's Point is a great LGBT friendly spot.

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Local from Toronto

Nature truly is the best value deal you can find anywhere, and the Toronto Island really gives you bang for your buck. For $7, you can ride the beautiful ferry both to and from Toronto Island, where you can easily spend a day bike riding, checking out their amusement park, Centreville, or laying on the beach, even nude if you like on the nude beach. The island provides the best view of Toronto’s skyline, and is a great breathe of fresh air from the bustling city. Pro tip: set up camp at Rattlesnake Island for a truly unique experience.

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Take a day trips to the islands and rent a tricycle to tour around the islands.

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The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other. The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers other tourist features such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Franklin Children's Garden, Centreville Amusement Park, Far Enough Farm, Ferry service and Water Taxis.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Cool little scenic island a water taxi/ferry ride across from
The city. Go for a stroll or bike ride (rentals available) A few cool little spots to grab a drink, a little beach and great views of the city. Of course they have marinas for your boat.

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