Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Toronto Islands and Ferries

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Attractions & History

Centre Ville

Centreville Amusement Park

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. 

Franklin Children's Garden

Franklin Children's Garden

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.

The Island Lighthouse

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

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.

Far Enough Farm

Far Enough Farm

Meet ponies, rabbits, sheep, chickens, and other barnyard creatures at this hobby and petting farm. The farm is open 365 days per year and admission is free. Far Enough Farm is owned by the City of Toronto and independently operated as part of Centreville Amusement Park.

Toronto Islands History

Toronto Islands History

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.

People on the beach


Many of Toronto’s waterfront parks have sand or cobble beaches for you to enjoy. Soak up the lakeside atmosphere, come for a picnic or some beach volleyball, or go wading or take a dip at one of 11 designated swimming beaches.

Activities & Programs


  • Junior and Senior Explorer Camp
  • Voyageur Camp
  • Franklin Children’s Garden Preschool Camp
  • Island Drama
  • Island Ecologists
  • Island Sports
  • Camp Hours and Ferry Rides