The islands are just a 10 minute ferry ride from the city. They are made up of 3 major islands, 8 other named islands and several unamed ones.
To escape the hustle & bustle of the city, I visited Centre Island. This is the most popular one and contains cycle paths, picnic areas, gardens & a beach. Here you'll also find Centreville, an amusement park with rides & a petting zoo. The island also provides amazing views of the Toronto Skyline.
Do not miss Harbourfront as it is an easy walk and offers something for the whole family. On the waterfront you can watch the ferries and other boats, take a cruise on the harbour, visit the museum, have lunch or coffee at one of the many restaurants and cafes, or look through the great variety of shops.
We took the cruise which was excellent, also walked the dock and looked over to the beautiful apartments lining the harbour. We also had lunch at Tim Horton famous coffee cafe.
We went on a 2 hour harbour and island cruise which gave another perspective of the city. Out on the harbour you obtained a concise view of the whole city, the CN Tower stands out above the city buildings and sometimes the top of the tower is lost in the clouds.
It was beautiful on the water and as we weaved our way around the islands the Captain's commentary was most informative. The islands are an important part of community life with residents living and commuting to the city by ferry for work.
The islands are also very popular for holidays, recreation and sport.
the Toronto Islands are a group of islands of the coast of toronto. there are like a really big city park. you can walk around, and it is very pretty, but not very wild. it is fun to canoe around the islands, as there are many small islets and channels.
there is a historic lighthouse on centre island.
on wards island, there is a distinctive fire station. very unusual, worth a look.
there is a small amusment park on centre island, don't expect large roller coasters, this park doesn't have any.
the view of toronto form the islands is phenomnal
This is a perfect pedistrian leisure time walk.
I took my husband to Toronto Harborfront where a VT member had planned a Toronto VT Meeting. The Union Station was our meeting point with other members. We parked our car at a parking lot near Captain John's Seafood Ship and walked upto the Union Station. We waited for about 1 hour. No body showed up. My husband began to grow irritated at the plan. So I suggested that we walk towards the restaurant that was to be the next meeting place.
It was a warm day. We walked enjoying views of the buildings and shopping outlets. We reached harborfront Plaza where a concert was going on. Nearby was ethnic bazaar. We enjoyed the concert. I bought few dresses from a kiosk. We continued hiking towards westside and reached a seaside restaurant where we had a dinner.
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, why don't you have a look at the pictures to see what we saw.
It is a nice place to be in summers. From different ports, one can take a ferry to the Toronto Islands or take cruise around various islands taking snaps of Toronto highrises.
There is nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto and heading over to the Toronto Islands. Walking around the Toronto Islands allows to (almost) completely forget that there is a giant city right across the water. There is a small amusement park, biking, canoes, paddle boats, and a couple of places to eat. It's a solid way to spend a day.
Toronto sits on the Northern edge of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes. While you’re downtown, the Harbor Front is well worth a stroll. There are restaurants, shops, boats and great views of downtown skylines. From here you can also catch a harbor tour or even better, take the ferry to the Toronto islands.
Sue and I decided to take advantage of a few hours break in the wedding preparations to drive into downtown Toronto for our first ever 'tourist' activity there! I checked out a few things on the internet in our room before we left and we decided on a 90-minute tour of the city (C$38 each) via a combined land/water contraption known as a 'Hippo' bus. Traffic was good and we quickly found a parking garage only 3 blocks away ($8 all-day on Sunday).
Toronto Hippo Tours presently operate three of these 20-ton vehicles, specially-built in Canada using a school bus chassis and equipped to carry 40 passengers either on land as a bus or at a speed of 5 knots in the water - costing $1 million each according to our tour guide. Loading is via a rear ramp and seating is 4-across, with two on each side of the aisle with open windows to enjoy the sights.
The tour itself was quite interesting as it headed past many famous landmarks (Royal York Hotel and Union Station before heading inland to take us past Eaton Place, City Hall, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Chinatown and Little Italy) before arriving back at the waterfront near the Canadian National Exhibition. I was impressed with many of sites as the guide explained their history and also cracked a few jokes. Traffic was jammed near the CNE, but we eventually made our way to a special concrete ramp leading into the water, which surged halfway up the windshield as we charged into it - to the great thrill of all onboard! It was interesting to view the CNE fairgrounds from the harbour as we cruised past the various attractions of Ontario Place, located just off-shore there. We had a good look at some of the luxury yachts tied up as well as a 3-masted ship as it sailed out of the harbour. Despite the slight traffic jam, we arrived back only a few minutes late after the quite enjoyable trip.
This a tourist attraction for those who praise the one thing that makes baseball interesting: beer. The Steam Whistle Brewery, despite all of the old-timey trucks, is less than ten years old. The first bottles of Steam Whistle were produced in 2000 by a bunch of guys who had been fired when Canada's last premier microbrewery went out of business in 1998. Today Steam Whistle may not be world famous, but it is quite the hero of the Toronto bar scene and not half bad. Tourists who may be interested can take tours of the brewery (as you can in most breweries and distilleries around the world), which is conveniently located near the Rogers Centre. If you have a large event that you want to host, the Steam Whistle will open its doors and provide you with refreshments. Its an ok party room, although it does require a large event to be cost effective: I went to the opening party for the World University Debating Championships in 2001 and, with several hundred people we still didn't fill the entire place.
The Habourfront Centre has always been a sort of alternative cultural attraction for Torontonians, but it has only been in the last ten years that it has really been re-incorporated into the city's tourist centre thanks to a drive to revitalize the harbour and make it more residential. Harbourfront doesn't have much of a permanent character, except for the craft centre (not for children, but rather a place where glass blowers and other artisans produce their art). The rest of the rooms are used for more temporary exhibits and festivals, which abound in the summer. In the winter the pond out front of York Quay Centre is an outdoor rink for skaters. In the summer the Quay is the departure point for many cruises on the lake (some also depart from the ferry docks). Those who are interested in larger art exhibitions should direct their attention to the Power Plant next door.
There are a number of touring companies on the Toronto waterfront. They offer trips to Centre Island, as well as some excellent views of the city's skyline. I took a narrated tour from the company listed below.
The Toronto Islands are a large park just of the shore of Toronto's Inner Harbour. It is a place that something for everyone. On Centre Island, where the ferries make their most frequent trips, there is an amusement park and petting farm for children. There are also beaches (including a nude one), fishing holes, tennis courts, gardens, marinas and bike trails. On Ward's Island there are still homes which the residences have renovated into picturesque cottages. There are a couple of charming cafes among them and I understand that there is a bed and breakfast also. Take the ferry back at sunset. The view of the skyline at this time is stunning.
I consider myself well traveled and I still rank this the Islands as my favourite city park in World.
If you have bought tickets for the Vertical Reality helicopter tour of the city, make sure u call them within 24 hrs before the scheduled tour.
For those who are booking the tour thru ORBITZ, its imp to knw tht though the orbitz website asks us to contact them within 24 hrs before tour, they do provide us with any no. The toll free no provided is incorrect. The "Vertical Reality Tour" is not the real name of the tour organizing company. The name is "The Helicopter Company". The required info is :
Toronto City Centre Airport, Toronto, ON M5V 1A1, Canada
So please confirm before you go there becoz if u dont confirm beforehand and the tour is cancelled coz of weather, u r not very likely to get a refund!
The Toronto Harbourfront has always got atmosphere and there is always activity. I could continue endlessly listing happenings:
The best is to check the website for events.
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The Toronto Ferry Docks are located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay. Be careful to enter from here. Myself and new found friend while I was there, John, went through an open gate only to be accousted by some security official type dude (run in with Canadian authority #3) and told us we were in the wrong place (even though we could see the ferry?!) instead of letting us just go back out by ourselves, he ESCORTED us off the area! That's when it struck us how strange authority is here!
Anyway the Islands were great, even though it was before the tourist season and so most things were closed but the beach is great. On this particular day it was very hot on the beach (the sand was burning) yet when we were back on the ferry crossing the lake it got windy and VERY cold so if you are going in May/April make sure you have lots of layers with you or it could get uncomfortable!
Ward's Island is worth a cycle / walk over to. There are people living here and we came across a fire station and unusual wooden stand that had books and clothes, like neighbours were leaving out some things they no longer need and you are free to take / trade for?! There are fantastic views of the Toronto Skyline from here too.