Ward’s Island is just across Toronto’s inner harbour.
You can get to the island by taking the ferry (or grabbing a water taxi).
The ferry is about 15-minute ride.
Look back for a view of the downtown…
… look ahead to see the approaching island. 😎
Right next to the ferry is the Island Café. It serves lunch, dinner and coffee.
You can rent bikes (including 4-seaters) but we decided to walk the island.
The beach is Ward’s Island’s most popular spot.
Just past the beach is a boardwalk. We followed it to…
…the Riviera Café— a pretty restaurant nestled among the trees.
We decided to explore a nearby cluster of cottages.
In the 1950’s thousand’s of people lived year-round on the island.
Then in the late 1950’s, Toronto began to clear the land to make the entire island parkland.
While many homes were removed, two clusters of homes were preserved.
Today there are no stores or private vehicles in the community. About 700 people live here year-round.
Having homes on the island means the Toronto Islands need their own Fire Station.
We decided to end our trip with a stop at the Island Cafe for a popsicle.
Before heading back to the ferries we took a seat and enjoyed the view of downtown Toronto.
We arrived back in downtown Toronto rested and relaxed. 😊
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