If you've never had the opportunity to do so, you must make a visit to the Toronto island before the crowds come in the summer.
(keep in mind though that there is no ferry to Centre Island). The Islands are a hook-shaped chain of more than a dozen small and large islands.
The ferry boards daily at varying times at the foot of Bay Street in Toronto. As the boat left, I imagined this same voyage in the 19th century when the service first began to operate in 1833. Back then the vessels were powered by two horses that walked on treadmills connected to a pair of sidepaddles by a set of gears!!
I just love history! :) There is so much to do here, moreso in the warmer months like your typical beaching activities (which I don't prefer), carnival rides at Centre Island, wildlife areas and exploring (which I do prefer).
As you take in all the charming homes, you will see a different type of lifestyle here. There are no garages because there are no cars, friendly folk who love to chat and love the peace and quiet, except for the sounds of birds overhead. The residential communities on the island are known as both Algonquin and Wards Island, separated by a bridge known as the Algonquin bridge.
At the bridgepoint is a public marina as well as two restaurants on the Wards Island, but are closed now.
At this point, I wondered what would happen to these people if there was ever an emergency, but my worry was put to rest as I spotted an EMS station, equipped with its own Fire engine, Ambulance and medics (run by the City of Toronto, of course)
Well all it all in it was an awesome day, both weather wise and to go exploring. You know even though you are just minutes from the downtown core, here this place sure felt like a different place in time.