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Toronto Islands

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Address: 9 Queens Quay West, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2V3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-555-8987

Park consisting of four main islands and containing trails, beaches and...

Park consisting of four main islands and containing trails, beaches and children's amusement rides.

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Great place away from the city

it is a really nice place to go if you are looking for something outdoor and is away from the busy day to day life. it is nice to visit in the summer to try the tandem with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it is a really nice place to go if you are looking for something outdoor and is away from the busy day to day life. it is nice to visit in the summer to try the tandem with families and friends, enjoy the water and the little farm and children's playground with the kids.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the ferry from Jack Layton ferry terminal (5$), after a few minutes you are in a completely different atmosphere from the city of Toronto, ideal to spend some time walking or cycling in a green and quiet area. Been there in early November (only for Ward's Island ferry terminal during winter), enjoyed the calm and nature, but also the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been living in and around Toronto pretty much my entire life, and I never knew Centre Island had a beach, let alone a really nice beach. The break wall keeps the water clean(er) than other Toronto Beaches and beaches around Lake Ontario, as things can get washed into shore that are not so pleasant at times. The wall makes such... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The islands allow us to visit nature and enjoy the waters of Lake Ontario while not leaving our home. Many ways to reach the island, all give a bit of excitement. Share in the adventure whether it be center Island, boating or just taking a quiet stroll.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was such a great day trip! I got a cheap ferry ticket and hopped onto one of the three ferries that head to the island. I recommend the line all the way to the left or right. That way you can walk towards the middle of the island once the 10 minute ride or so is over. There are... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ward's Island offers a cottage-like charm, with outdoor cafe, a beach, playing field, picnic tables, public washrooms, a boardwalk, many photo opportunities, and there are bike and trolley-cycle rentals from Center Island, which connects with both Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point, which offers both a regular beach, plus a clothing-optional beach. There are amusements & rides offered at Center Island.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had enough of the city? Take a short boat ride to bliss town! You can look back at the amazing sky line whilst hearing the birds and the lake shore crashing onto the sand. The crystal blue waters lap at your feet as you then walk through what feels like empty forests in the safest place ever. You can walk... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The islands have a gorgeous view of Toronto and they offer a great place for a walk. The ferry is frequent and quick. At the time of year we were there there wasn't much open on the islands but nevertheless we really enjoyed our visit. I can imagine it would be much more vibrant at other times of the year... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a great place to spend time with friends and family. Nice in summer but in winter it could be chilling.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ideal place to relax. one can take water taxi or ferry. Reading book in open garden or playing with kids is popular activity out there. For photography there are many natural spots for birds or even capturing Toronto skyline.

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Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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