- Type: Attractions
NileGuide Expert Says:
This idyllic oasis makes a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of downtown TO.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Catch the ferry at the Bay Street.
Just a short ferry ride away are the Toronto Islands, North America's largest urban car-free community. It's actually three separate and distinct islands each offering a spectacular view of Toronto's skyline.There is a delightful board walk on Ward's Island home to 250 residential cottages. Ward's Island is off the beaten tourist path and has some cute cafes to relax and have a coffee. The main trail connecting all the islands passes by beautiful gardens and plenty of open green spaces. Centre Island is the largest and most commercial with the quaint Centreville Amusement park geared towards younger kids. It's famous for its residential swans and geese. Hanlan's is the most westernly island where the main ferry docks are located. Hanlan's Point Beach is a short walk from the Hanlan's Point ferry docks. This is a clothing-optional beach, one of the few in Canada, so it's not suitable for children.
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