Just a ferry ride from the city, Toronto Island is a relaxing oasis for the whole family with beaches, restaurants, indoor and outdoor activities, and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
Mother Nature is to thank for the picturesque, popular and idyllic Toronto Island that exists today – created when a storm split the 230-hectare peninsula in 1858, creating an isolated yet thriving island destination that is frequented by over 1 million visitors each year.
With three beaches (including one nudist beach), an amusement park, golf course, petting zoo, giant maze, canoe club, boathouse, lighthouse and numerous cafes, it’s easy to see why the island is one of Toronto’s biggest attractions.
Ferries to the island operate throughout the year and run from the Toronto Mainland Ferry Terminal to Ward’s Island Ferry Dock, Centre Island Ferry Dock or Hanlan’s Point Ferry Dock. Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point are the best docks for those eager to hit the beach, while the Centre Island dock is the best starting point for first-time visitors to the island, or for families with kids heading to Centreville Amusement Park.
If you’re eager to explore the many canals and hidden retreats of the island, hire a canoe or kayak and take to the waters. Visitors who’d prefer to explore on dry land can hire a bike and cycle their way around the island.
The most popular time to visit Toronto Island is during the summer months when it is at its most festive. Ferries run roughly every hour starting at 6.35am until 11.15pm daily during spring and summer.
In the winter months the ferry runs to Ward’s Island only, from 6.35am until 11pm. Entry to the island is free as are beach and water access, however entry prices to places such as the Centreville Amusement Park may vary.