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.
|Venue name:||Toronto Islands||Contact:|
|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|