Center Island is Toronto's most sought after island in summer. It is nestled not far from downtown but a haven to get away from the hustling and bustling life of the city. Going there would be a total respite from your own topsy turvy life.
If visiting this city, it's a must that you take the ferry ride not just for an experience but see the spectacular beauty of Toronto's skyline from the island. It is picturesque and you'll never get tired of clicking your camera shutter. Go there on a beautiful afternoon for a day view and go back to the city at night to see the vibrant night skyline of Ontario's capital. It's surely an experience worth taking and worth telling to your friends. It's just picture perfect out there!
Things to do in Center Island
The island is well-maintained and kept all year round. Summer, however, is the busiest time of the year and outdoor activities in the island are everywhere. Picnicking is, perhaps, the most common thing to do here with friends and families.
When you are there, you can do one or some of these things:
Lay down on the grass and read, sleep or just watch the children playing
Stroll around and enjoy looking at the island's old houses
Wade in the pools
Jog / Run
Boat / Kayak / Canoe (there are rentals)
Go biking (Bike rentals are available or bring your own. There are 4-wheeled bikes, too!)
Play tennis (has courts)
Play softball (has softball diamonds)
Eat (there are restaurants and cafes)
For the kids, the Centreville Amusement Park will make their trip memorable
How to get there / Ferry Fares
Taking the ferry is the only way to get to the island. From Union subway station, take the streetcar and get off at Queen's Quay.
Ferry fare:$6.50 for adults $4 for seniors and students (bring your student card) $3 for children Free ride for those under two years old
The park has 2 fully accessible washrooms; washroom-change rooms; 18 drinking fountains; 10 water taps; 21 picnic areas with 6 fire pits and 2 First Aid stations.