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Toronto Islands

Lakeshore Avenue | Toronto, ON, Canada | Website

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When you're in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of Canada's biggest city, hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands. This collection of islands and islets offers a welcome touch of green to the city's skyscraper-speckled mainland. The three islands, Centre, Ward's and Algonquin, are all connected, so you don't have to worry about having to get on and off a boat to fully experience the area. Each main island offers something different. Centre Island lives up to its name, providing the most in terms of activities. There, visitors will find expansive picnic areas, beaches, sporting rentals and the Centreville amusement park, which features 30 rides, a petting zoo and a boating lagoon. Ward and Algonquin are more low key, dotted with 1920s-style cottages and English gardens. Hanlan's Point, located next to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport at the northeastern tip of the island, features the area's only clothing optional beach, as well as a lighthouse believed to be haunted. All of island's are largely car-free, making them the perfect venue for a peaceful stroll, bike ride or picnic. And while the winter brings biting winds and lots of snow, the Toronto Islands are also a great place for cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Travelers and locals alike both take to the Toronto Islands. Recent visitors said it's a great place to take a long breather from the big city atmosphere of Toronto. Many say the incredible views of the city's skyline are reason alone to visit. However, some visitors found the area to be overrun, especially in Centre Island. Others also expressed disdain with the inflated prices for amenities in and near the Centreville amusement park. Otherwise, the majority of visitors, especially those with families, thoroughly enjoyed their time on the island, and could see why it is one of Toronto's biggest attractions.

Entry to the islands is free, but you will have to pay for the ferry ride. Tickets for the ferry are CA$7.25 CAD (about $5.40) for adults and CA$3.50 ($2.60) for children ages 2 to 14. You can find the ferry to the Toronto Islands in Queen's Quay, which is located in the Harbourfront neighborhood in downtown Toronto, next to Union Station. For more information on what to see and do, check out the Toronto Islands website.

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