Located downtown and easily accessed via a 15-minute ferry ride, the group of islands collectively known as the Toronto Islands is a great escape from the busy city. Originally formed as sand-bars from the erosion of the Scarborough Bluffs and carried by the lake currents, these islands are now a favorite recreational destination for Torontonians to relax and enjoy a countryside setting without actually leaving the city. The island chain, which is comprised of about ten or so large and small islands, is also North America’s largest car-free urban community. The western end is home to Toronto’s small city airport, the Billy Bishop Airport.
There’s lots to do on the islands. In addition to the landscaped parks and wooded areas, there’s a small amusement park for kids (Centreville) and a few beaches (and yes, even a nude beach). You can also rent bicycles for the day, which is a great way to get around the area. A few weeks ago, I took the ferry across and walked the outer perimeter of the islands from one side to the other to take a few pictures. It was typical Toronto spring weather – first rainy and cold, but then the gloom suddenly cleared up.
For some of the photos I used a variable ND filter, which accounts for the somewhat odd colour cast. I probably won’t use that filter again 😦
You should take me next time.
Of course! We went before – when we rented the bicycles. But that was only one side of the islands.
Wow! Great photos, especially of the pier and lighthouse! When I was younger, I had gone on an overnight field trip to the island and oddly enough, one of the days we went to the Gibraltar Point lighthouse. I remember that red door so clearly, I also remember the ghost story about the lighthouse being told to my class while inside of it, I was about 10 at the time, to say the least I was terrified!
Yeah, the story of the lighthouse keeper who was presumably murdered and his body never found. You’re braver than me if you went inside 🙂