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Discover Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands which is composed of small islands, provide a refreshing escape from downtown with a charming view of Lake Ontario.

Aside from swimming, there are many activities to be done in this destination.

Go on a picnic.
There are many picnic areas that are perfect for picnics and BBQ. Some areas have barbecue stations but you need to bring your own charcoal. Centre Island and Hanlan’s Point have the best picnic sites.

Play sports.
Hanlan’s Point features several tennis courts, softball diamonds, and volleyball courts while Ward’s Island features a soccer field. You can still play wherever you want because there is plenty space to play any sports you like.

Explore the site.
Walk, bike, hike, jog, or paddle to explore everything the rich natural resources of Toronto Island. Its lagoon is a great habitat for aquatic life. You can rent a kayak, canoe, or a boat to discover over 35 species of fish that have been identified.

Learn interactively.
Go to the Franklin Children’s Gardens which is based on characters from ‘Franklin the Turtle’ stories. The site is peppered with bronze statues of characters from the story including Franklin, Bear, Rabbit, a goose, a snail and a beaver. This themed garden has 7 sections.

Learn how to plant, cultivate and harvest vegetables and flowers in the Little Sprouts Garden. Enjoy storytelling and shows in the TD Storybook Place Amphitheatre. Explore the winding trail and meadow on your way to the highest part of the Toronto Islands. Play in the vine tunnel, take a look at the wheel-chair accessible Tree House, or take pictures with bronze sculptures of Franklin and Rabbit. Find out about the important role pollinators play in this educational garden. Collect pine cones and look for bronze sculptures of Franklin and his friends. Have a chance to look at turtles, frogs, birds and other critters in a wetland environment.

Join guided tours or self-guided tours.
Resident guides from Ward’s Island Walking Tours will show you some homes, gardens, public spaces and talk about what it’s like to live in this location. Join the Toronto Island Garden to know everything about plants and learn interesting facts about important trees planted in the island.

Try amusement park rides.
The Centreville amusement park located in Centre Island offers around 30 fun rides for adults and kids.

Experience Far Enough Farm.
This farm allows visitors to get up close and personal with over 40 different kinds of farmyard animals including pigs, horses, ducks, and chicken. The farm also cares for unusual birds like laughing doves and peafowl. The farmers are there to answer the queries of the guests.

Go fishing.
It’s allowed to fish if you have a permit. Just be aware of the tips like using one rod and reel and considering catch and release particularly for bigger fish. If you decide to keep your catch, place it in a cooler so the fish stays cool and fresh.

With lovely beaches, car-free streets, and tree-filled picnic spots, Toronto Island is a must-see for everyone.