Toronto Islands & Ferries
Activities everyone can enjoy for a fun-filled day! The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other. The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers other tourist features such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Franklin Children's Garden, Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm.
Attractions & History
Centreville Amusement Park is nestled in over 600 acres of parkland just across the harbour from the city. With over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 food outlets, there's something for everyone at Centreville.
The garden is a hands-on learning environment that combines interactive features with recreational programming for children to discover the wonders of the natural world and to embark on the great adventure of reading.
Built in 1808, this is the oldest stone building in Toronto and the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes. From its site on Gibraltar Point, it has watched most of Toronto’s history unfold. A lightkeeper was resident until 1958, when the lighthouse was decommissioned.
Consider organizing a friendly game of volleyball, tennis or softball; cruise the island by renting a boat or bike; visit the animals at Far Enough Farm or stay refreshed by visiting one of the many restaurants, cafes and snack bars.
The Toronto Islands were not always islands but actually a series of continuously moving sand-bars originating from Scarborough Bluffs and carried westward by Lake Ontario currents. Eroded stone of the Scarborough Bluffs was carried westward by Lake Ontario currents to create the islands.
Activities & Programs
- Toronto Island Challenge Course (TICC)
- Toronto Island Tree Tour
- Pedestrian/Bicycle Trails
- Swimming and Waterplay
- Disc Golf
Via Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay W, (416) 397-2628
Ferries to the Toronto Islands leave from the Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay West, located south of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street.
Ferry Schedule & Fare
Licensed Water Taxis
The Water Taxi Licence Program is a new initiative implemented October 1, 2013 that allows approved operators access to a maximum of 6 locations on Toronto Islands for the purpose of pick-up and drop-off of passengers. (Click image for enlarged map of locations.)