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What you should know about Toronto Islands

Sheltering the mainland from Toronto Harbor, the Toronto Islands provide a refreshing break from the urban jungle. Their healing waters have long been prized by the native Anishinaabeg peoples, who used to bring their sick here to recover. The islands are still an ideal destination for anyone needing a breath of fresh air. Home to one of the largest stretches of parkland in the city, they are the perfect spot for a family bike ride, a picnic, or a quick game of disc golf.

Hotels in the Toronto Islands

There are no hotels on the Toronto Islands themselves, but the Harbourfront area has a cluster of mid-range hotels and condos which provide affordable Toronto Islands accommodation within easy range of the island ferry. The 4-star Westin Harbour Castle is located right next to the ferry terminal, and runs a free children’s club and ferry shuttle for guests. A little further afield, JP Stays Cozy Downtown Condo offers accommodation for up to six people within walking distance of the harbor. AOC Suites is a good alternative choice for families looking for holiday apartments in Toronto.

Things to see in the Toronto Islands

The main family attractions can be found on Centre Island, the largest of the islets in the archipelago. At the tip of Centre Island, overlooking Hanlan Bay, you’ll find one of the oldest buildings in Toronto: the Gibraltar Point lighthouse. Built at the start of the 19th century, this was a working lighthouse until 1958. Now though, it’s most famous for the ghost of J.P. Radan Muller, the first lighthouse keeper, which is believed to haunt the local area. Centre Island Beach is also ideal for families with children. The natural breakwater provides a protected swimming area and the beach itself is well-equipped with food, washrooms, and showers. Just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal is Centreville Children’s Amusement Park. With over 40 rides including mini rollercoasters, swan boats, and a haunted house, Centreville is a great place for the kids to let off some steam.

Good for families

The Toronto Islands are home to what is believed to be the largest urban car-free community in North America, making them a great holiday destination for families with young children. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach, getting to know the animals at Far Enough Farm or exploring the waters between the islands in a rented canoe, the Toronto Islands provide a safe space for adults and children alike to enjoy a stress-free vacation. The best Toronto Islands hotels can be found in the Harbourfront area, with a good range of affordable, family-friendly accommodation available a few minutes’ walk away from the ferry terminal.

How to get to the Toronto Islands

Hop on a ferry from the terminal at the foot of Bay Street on Queen’s Quay, and within fifteen minutes you’ll arrive at: Centre Island, Ward’s Island or Hanlan’s Point. Hanlan’s Point is also where Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is located, connected to the mainland via a recently built pedestrian tunnel. The best way to get to know the archipelago under your own steam is to hire a canoe or kayak and paddle your way from one island to the next. Travel around Toronto Islands is best done on bicycles, which can easily be rented on arrival.

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