10 Things To Do On Toronto Islands, Canada - Updated 2021

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto and ride a quick 10-minute ferry to the serene Toronto Islands. Ferries from various terminals at the harbour in Toronto regularly service this chain of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario. Attractions at the islands include an amusement park, children’s garden, petting zoo, 200-year old lighthouse, beaches, cafés, campsites, cute 1920s-style cottages and much more. Boating, kayaking or canoeing are said to be the best way to explore the islands. There are many sunny beaches to enjoy, with kayak, canoe and bike rentals, sports facilities, etc. The islands are interconnected by pathways, boardwalks and bridges, so you can even walk from one island to the other. From swimming to picnics to exploring, take a look at our list of things to do on Toronto Islands, Canada.

1. Rent a canoe or a kayak

Canoeing or kayaking through the calm waters of Toronto Islands is one of the best ways to see the beauty of this area. Plus, the distant Toronto skyline views from the open water are simply amazing! Renting a canoe or kayak is easily done through the Boat House rental on Centre Island. As per your comfort level, you can rent solo or tandem kayaks and canoes to explore waterways, bird sanctuaries, secluded beaches and lagoons teeming with over 35 species of fish. Not confident kayaking or canoeing on your own? You could even join a guided canoe or kayaking tour to learn more about the islands.

The Boat House

Address: Centre Island Dock, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1, Canada

Website: The Boat House

Opening hours: In season, 11am to 6pm

Price: 22-56 USD

2. Visit the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Gibraltar Point lighthouse is a major tourist attraction on the Toronto Islands. The lighthouse is not only immense and picturesque but also popular among visitors since it is said to be haunted by the ghost of its first lighthouse keeper, who was murdered there and his remains were never found. Built in 1808, Gibraltar Point lighthouse is one of the oldest buildings in Toronto. Besides visiting the lighthouse, you could also admire the sand dunes on Gibraltar Point Beach nearby.

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Address: Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Toronto, Canada

Website: Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Opening hours: All days, 11am to 6pm

3. Pet animals at Far Enough Farm

Opened in 1959 on Centre Island, Far Enough Farm provides city-folk with an opportunity to observe and interact with farmyard animals and birds in a picturesque amusement park style environment. From farm animals like sheep, cows, goats, and pigs to exotic ones like alpacas and llamas, there are about 40 species of animals and birds in this unique petting farm. And the farmers are always on hand to answer any questions. Adults can enjoy boating on the pretty swan boats of the small lagoon on the farm and children can enjoy the pony rides.

Far Enough Farm

Address: Centre Island, Toronto Island, Toronto, ON M5J 2E9, Canada

Website: Far Enough Farm

Opening hours: In season, 10am to 5pm

Price: Free

4. Play frisbee golf

For the uninitiated, frisbee golf (also known as Disc golf) is a sport similar to golf in which players throw a disc at a chain-link metal target. On Toronto Islands, you can check out the long and challenging 18-hole Frisbee golf course off the main road between Ward’s and Centre Islands. Bring your own Frisbee and try your hand at this sport while taking in the views of the picturesque Toronto skyline.

Frisbee Golf

Address: Wards Ferry Terminal, Toronto, ON, Canada

Website: Frisbee Golf

Opening hours: All days, 8am to 11pm

Price: Free

5. Have fun at the Festival Of India

Take part in a buzzing array of activities at the Festival of India held every summer in Toronto. The festivities start off with a colourful procession (ratha-yatra) down Yonge Street and then continue for an entire weekend at Centre Island in the Toronto Islands. The festival is free for everyone. Activities at the festival include music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, a bustling South Asian bazaar, group yoga sessions, fun activities for children, face-painting and a sumptuous and free vegetarian feast free for all.

Festival Of India

Address: Centre Island, Toronto, Canada

Website: Festival Of India

Opening hours: On festival days, 12pm to 5pm

Price: Free

6. Picnic at Centre Island or Olympic Island

Centre Island is the most popular island among all the Toronto Islands. It has many family-friendly activities, including several picnic areas with superb views. Bring your own packed picnic hamper, cook a barbecue meal or just grab some food from the many cafés and restaurants on the island and enjoy it on the grassy landscape of the island. Another good spot for picnics is Olympic Island. It is supposed to have the best downtown Toronto views that can be enjoyed from picnic spots close to the water. The island also has large grassy areas on the islands that are ideal for picnics and barbecue.

Centre Island

Address: Centre Island, 9 Queen’s Quay W, Toronto, ON, M5J 2H3, Canada

Website: Centre Island

Opening hours: In season, 8am to 10pm

Price: free for groups of under 25 people

7. Relax on Hanlan's Point Beach

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Hanlan’s Point Island is relatively quiet and greener compared to the other islands. Besides its many attractions, Hanlan’s Point Island is probably most famous for its ‘clothing optional’ beach that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The beach is also the only place on the Toronto Islands to watch the sunset. So, kick back, relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere on Hanlan’s Point beach.

Hanlan's Point Beach

Address: Hanlan’s Point Island, 9 Queen’s Quay W, Toronto, ON, M5J 2H3, Canada

Website: Hanlan’s Point Beach

Opening hours: In season, 11:30am to 6pm

Price: Free

8. Go swimming at Centre Island Beach

Swimming at the beach on Centre Island is easy, convenient and very safe. Centre Island Beach has many changing rooms and lockers right next to the pier and lifeguards are on duty during the day. Many eateries and food outlets are also close by, ideal to grab a quick snack or drink. The beach is very popular with visitors and the perfect place to go swimming on the islands.

Centre Island Beach

Address: Centre Island, 9 Queen’s Quay W, Toronto, ON, M5J 2H3, Canada

Website: Centre Island Beach

Opening hours: In season, 11:30am to 6pm

Price: Free

9. Have fun at the Centreville Amusement Park

Another major attraction on Centre Island is the Centreville Amusement Park that is a big hit with families. Suitable for younger children, this amusement park has over 30 rides like a mini train, Ferris wheel, carousel, etc. But some rides are fun for parents and older children too. You could even visit the Far Enough Farm petting zoo and the swan lagoon adjacent to the amusement park. Plenty of food options are also available throughout the amusement park.

Centreville Amusement Park

Address: Centre Island, 9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H3, Canada

Website: Centreville Amusement Park

Opening hours: In season, 10:30am to 5pm

Price: 21-90 USD

10. Go for a bike ride at twilight (from USD 62.97)

things to do in toronto island | go for a bike ride at twilight

While visiting Toronto Islands on your own is good, experiencing the beauty of the islands on a bicycle at dusk is simply magical! On this three and a half hour twilight bike tour, you get to enjoy the serenity of the largest car-free neighbourhood in North America with the guidance of a local expert. Your guide will enthral you with tales of the islands and its 200-year-old history while you take in the spectacular views of Toronto city and admire famous attractions like the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, charming cottages, sandy beaches and open green parks of the islands. Ferry tickets to and from the islands are also included in the tour price.

Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Duration: 3.5 hour

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Fun and games on Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride from downtown Toronto will take you to the beautiful Toronto Islands. As is evident from the list above, there is so much to see and do on the islands, for kids and adults alike, that just one day will not be enough. So, grab our list, catch a ferry and have a jolly good time on Toronto Islands, Canada!

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