Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands provide an unbeatable outdoor oasis just a short ferry ride from Downtown Toronto

A Toronto Island Ferry leaves Centre Island
A Toronto Island Ferry leaves Centre Island cc licensed photo by ilkerender

Toronto Islands and Toronto Island Park form a beautiful pedestrian only oasis comprised of 570 acres of small islands in Lake Ontario across from downtown Toronto. After a fun 10 minute ferry ride from Downtown Toronto, you will find there are no cars, just fabulous beaches, trails, gardens, attractions and more, making this a fantastic place to enjoy the day.

The islands were originally a long sand spit formed by a combination of erosion of the Scarborough Bluffs and currents in the lake. Storms in the 1800s opened up channels in the spit to form islands. With no intervention the islands would have eventually eroded away, but they have been protected by the extension of the Leslie Street Spit and 'hardening' of the shore lines. Land has also been reclaimed over the years by dredging up sand from the harbour.

The islands are now home to the Regional City Centre Airport along with Parkland, Beaches and over 250 homes and cottages, but no cars! Vehicle traffic is limited to service vehicles making the islands a peaceful place to spend some time strolling or cycling. There were once over 600 homes and cottages in the community, but the city wanted to convert most of the islands to parkland and, in a battle with residents that lasted for decades, expropriated and demolished the majority of the homes on the island. The battle was finally settled in 1993 with the remaining residents able to purchase a 99 year lease. Access to the islands is provided via ferry service from Queens Quay in Downtown Toronto. The ferries operate daily from morning until nighttime. For information on fares and schedules go click on the 'Map and Directions' tab. You can also contact the Ferries by phone at 416-397-2628.

Recreation on the islands includes Centreville Amusement Park, a children's turn-of-the-century themed amusement park with a miniature railroad, vintage carousel, ferris wheel. pony rides and more. It is open daily during the summer months.

Located just east of the Centreville Amusement Park you will find Far Enough Farms, a free petting zoo with over 40 species of farm animals and exotic birds on display. This is a great place to take your kids and will appeal to the kid in all of us. It is open from 10am-5pm 365 days a year.

There are several swimming beaches on the islands. Recreational boating is popular with the islands being home to four yacht clubs and the Toronto Island Marina. Canoe and boat rentals are available from Toronto Island Boathouse on Centre Island and Bike Rentals are available next to the pier on Ward Island. Friends of Toronto Islands website is a good source of additional information about the islands.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - For ferry service to the islands

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Middle Island - Olympic Island, Toronto, ON, Canada

Phone: (416) 392-8196

Official Website: Toronto Islands

Directions

Streetcar and Ferry Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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How to get to Toronto Islands by Streetcar and Ferry

From Union Station take either the #509 Harbourfront or #510 Spadina streetcar and get off at Bay and Queen's Quay Stop. The entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street. See the Toronto Island Ferry Schedule for sailing times.

The ferry trip is not included in the TTC fare. The round trip on the ferry is $7.00 for Adults, $4.50 for Seniors and Students under 19 and $3.50 for children 2-13.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5

5 Star Rating Toronto Island Park is a good place to visit for a day trip. To get to the island, you must buy a ferry ticket from the city at the Port (approximately $8 for an adult) or you may purchase a ticket for a private water taxi (located just east of the city of Toronto Port). The ferry ride has a predetermined schedule and stops at a few key points at the island. There's lots of gardens, greenery for a nice walk. Walking to the southern point of the island will give you access to the beach and a beautiful view of the lake. Toronto Island is pretty big so be sure to bring some money to buy food/drink or feel free to bring your own. There are lots of places to enjoy your lunch. There is a playground, Centreville amusement park (seasonal), petting zoo as a main attraction.

Jessica Hoang - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to visit if you haven't yet. Fun for the whole day. Island has a cafe, small amusement park. Bike rental include quad bikes. Fun for the whole family! Bike rental is mostly cost efficient. Multiple beaches. 1 clothing optional beach. Also a great garden with fountains. Multiple walking trails. Great access to clean public restrooms. Cannot think of complaints at this time.

Nick T - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating $7 for the ferry round trip. Neat walking paths. Nice parks. Lots of bikes, which makes sense as there are a ton of paths. I would recommend either bringing a bike or renting one on the island vs walking. Can also rent paddle boards and swim at the beach.

Ryan Allan - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating Love Toronto Island. It's a must visit in summer time. Go for a walk at the beach, take the bike to ride around, get the family to picnic, go swimming, there's a nude beach for those who don't like tan lines or catch the sunset over the skyline lighting up. There's a ton of things to do, you won't feel bored. Wonderful spot to bring a date! Photography hot spot.

Marcel Conrad - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Lovely place for a family outing. Beautiful view of Toronto. Good outdoors activities.. biking..walking and running.. has lockers to keep heavy stuff in. Fairly clean washrooms. Needs more drinking water fountains and washrooms. Would be nice to open more restaurants or coffee shops but I know that I can't ask too much !

Eman Al Ali - 2 months ago

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