- Type: Parks and Gardens, Recreation
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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When you're in need of a break from Toronto's slightly overwhelming big-city atmosphere, hop a ferry from Queen's Quay (in Harbourfront) and head to the Toronto Islands. This collection of eight islands -- plus a dozen or so smaller islets -- offers a welcome touch of green to the city's skyscraper-speckled skyline. There are no cars on the islands, making them a nice, peaceful venue to stroll, bike or picnic. There are several wading pools and sports facilities to entertain you, not to mention the Centreville amusement park. Are you visiting in summer? No problem -- there's also several beaches and boat-rental facilities. And while the winter brings biting winds and lots of snow, the Toronto Islands are also great place to try cross-country skiing.
Entry to the islands is free, but you will have to pay for the ferry ride. For more information on what to see and do, check out the Toronto Islands website.