The Toronto Island Park (more commonly known as Toronto Islands or the Island) is just 13 minutes away by ferry from downtown Toronto. It is a chain of 15 small islands with three major islands called the Centre Island, Ward’s Island, and Algonquin Island.
There are so many exciting things that you can do and see around the island that you may need more than just a day to explore everything. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a good escape from the city chaos and take a mini-vacation, the island is one of the best choices out there.
Here are 10 things that you can do and see in Toronto Islands:
01 | Visit the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
Take a day trip to Gibraltar Point to see the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. It is accessible on foot or by bicycle from the Centre Island or Hanlan’s Point ferry docks. Many people say that this stone tower is haunted. Built in 1808, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is actually the oldest lighthouse situated on the Great Lakes.
02 | Take a Swan Ride
A pedal boat ride is a perfect choice if you want to do something relaxing but exciting at the same time. You can rent pedal boats from the Boat House not so far from the Centreville Amusement Park. If you choose to board the Centre Island ferry from the terminal, just follow the signs for the boat rentals upon arrival. Enjoy your swan ride!
03 | Grab some comfort food
Don’t miss the Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co’s delicious smoked beef ribs. Add some beer and lounge at their beautiful patio overlooking the Toronto skyline. Also, for burger fans out there, make sure to check out their Mac and Cheese!
04 | Rent a bicycle
You will find many bicycle rentals in Toronto Islands with a huge and colorful collection of single and tandem bikes. They will let you roll around on your own which is also a perfect way to see more of what the island offers. Just don’t forget to bring your ID and some leg muscles.
05 | Pet some animals
If you’re an animal lover, don’t miss the Far Enough Farm situated on the east side of Centreville Amusement Park. Originally established in 1959, Far Enough Farm has 40 different species of farm animals and exotic birds. It is also open all year round, and there’s no admission fee.
06 | Go skinny-dipping
If you’re up for it, skip the tan lines and spend a day at Hanlan’s Point Beach — the one and only clothing-optional beach in Toronto. There are two sections of this beach: the clothing optional and a regular beach. You have your total freedom to choose the right section for you. No pressure!
07 | Enjoy some BBQ
If you want to grill up some hot dogs and juicy burgers in Toronto Islands, several pits and stands are available around. Just don’t forget to bring your own charcoal!
08 | Get the best views of Toronto’s skyline
There are so many great corners in the island that offer gorgeous views of Toronto’s skyline. Find the best spot for you and engross yourself in this stunning city!
09 | Take a trip to India
Want to go on a trip to India without leaving Canada? Board a ferry to the Centre Island and participate in the Festival of India. You can enjoy some great traditional Indian music, an outdoor yoga activity, a bazaar, and more. The dates usually change but it takes place in the month of July.
10 | Stroll around and get fit
The island, with a total distance of approximately 5 kilometers from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point, is one of the perfect places to go for a walk, a jog, a run, or any workout activity you prefer. You’re guaranteed to have your own spot to do yoga, meditate, and dance in the island while being immersed in nature.