Harbourfront & Toronto Islands, Toronto
If you enjoy walking, cycling, and other similar outdoor activities and you're here during summer months, then visit Toronto Islands. Lots to do and see here. They have bicycle rentals (trail is 2,5km long), pools, supervies beach (open in July and August), tennis courts.
You get there by taking ferry boat from the docks located at Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Weston Harbour Castle Hotel.
Fare - $5.
Toronto Island is also interesting for a visit. You can see where the others live in quite small houses. No cars allowed, they have an ammusement park, airport landing strip and there own marina. Take the fairy just at the bottom of the CN tower and off you go. Enjoy
Toronto Island - At the foot of the city (about 1/2 hour walk from the south end of the Eaton's Centre), you will find the ferry terminal that will wisk you out of the big city and bring you over to one of three islands affectionatly known as 'Toronto Island'. Cars are all but prohibited here so bring or rent a bike, rollerblades or a good pair of walking shoes and be prepared for gardens, an amusement park, a haunted lighthouse, a small working farm and other quaint attractions. Some lucky residents do live in the few city owned 100 year old houses on the island and contrary to popular opinion they are no longer classified as 'hippies' but have all the friendliness and hospitality of that time. The Island is only a few hundred meters from the foot of Toronto, but they seem a world away. And the 15 minute ferry ride gives you a breathtaking view of the Toronto Harbour. All this for the cost of a $5 return ferry ticket. Not to be missed if you need a little budget peace and quiet.
Harbourfront Antique Market - Year round there is a bustling higher end antique market in Harbourfront facing Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. On a nice sunny morning, its the place to be if you like antiques with stalls both inside and outside the antique centre, even if you are there to look instead of buy. The building can be found just east of Spadina at the waters edge - take the Spadina streetcar southbound to get there. Or you can also try the St. Lawrence Market on sunday mornings for more reasonbly priced but not nearly as nice antique nick nacks.
Definately take a ferry out to the Toronto Islands. They are very beautiful, and this is a great way to escape the city atmosphere, and get some fresh air in your lungs. Ferries leave regularly, so you will have no trouble getting there.