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Centreville Amusement Park
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Centreville Amusement Park

With delights ranging from the retro family-friendly Centreville Amusement Park to the freewheeling party atmosphere of the clothing-optional beach at Hanlan’s Point and the twee hobbit-town homes of Ward’s Island, the Islands have something for everybody, so long as the sun is shining. Food options are limited, especially near Hanlan’s. If you forget to pack a lunch, the best bet is The Rectory Café on Ward’s Island. Skip the line-ups at the ferry terminal at the foot of Bay Street and hail a water taxi for just a couple of bucks more (647-347-8454) from the foot of Spadina Avenue. It doesn’t cost anything to ride the ferry back to the city. The Islands’ Billy Bishop Airport has its own ferry and underground pedestrian tunnel but is fenced off from everything else.

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Toronto Islands says
The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands in the city of Toronto, Ontario. Comprising the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre, and provide shelter for Toronto Harbour. The islands are a popular recreational destination, and are home to a small residential community and to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. They are connected to the mainland by several ferry services. In 2015, an underwater pedestrian tunnel will be completed connecting the Toronto mainland at the foot of Eireann Quay to Billy Bishop Airport. The tunnel provides no access to the balance of the islands.The islands comprise the largest urban car-free community in North America, though some service vehicles are permitted. Recreational bicyclists are accommodated on the ferries. There is a public bicycle sharing station operated by Bike Share Toronto at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and bicycles, quadracycles, and canoes can be rented at Centre Island.
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Venue name: Toronto Islands
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Address: Toronto Islands
Toronto
M5J 1A7
Cross street: Ferry terminal is at bottom of Bay St at Queens Quay, west of Westin Harbour Castle hotel
Opening hours: Ferries to three different landings run from approximately 6:35am–11:30pm about every 20 minutes, less often in the winter. Centreville Amusement Park opens at 10:30am, June 1–September 1, staying open as late as 8pm at the height of summer
Transport: Streetcar 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina/Bus 6 Bay
Price: Ferry tickets are $7.25; $4.75 seniors and students; $3.50 under 14. Admission to Centreville Amusement Park is free; 25 ride tickets cost $25 with discounts and passes available

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