Hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands for a funfilled day of family-friendly exploration.
It only takes about 15 minutes to ferry across to the Toronto Islands—a chain of small islands that includes hanlan’s Point, Ward’s Island, and the main attraction, Centre Island.
Before boarding the ferry at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (9 Queens Quay W., toronto.ca), grab a latte at Boxcar Social, which comes with scenic views of the Natrel Pond. 235
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Grab a bite at The Carousel Café, a family-friendly restaurant with kitschy décor while taking in the spectacular views of Long Pond. There’s a staple menu of burgers, sandwiches, chicken fingers, and fish and chips, plus a kids menu. centreisland.ca
Get lost—literally—in the William Meany Maze, a hedge labyrinth comprised of more than 1,200 cedars that was created in 2015 and modelled after a 1967 landmark that honoured Canada’s centennial. Or, visit the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto’s oldest landmark. The lighthouse dates back to 1808 and is rumoured to be haunted by its first light keeper, John Paul Radelmüller, who was murdered by soldiers, according to local legend. toronto.ca
Centreville Amusement Park is a must for families with young kids. There are more than 30 rides and attractions, including bumper boats, a log flume, a Ferris wheel, and a vintage carousel that dates back to 1907. There’s also the Far Enough Farm, a petting farm with different species of barn animals and birds that guests can interact with. centreisland.ca
Named for the children’s storybook character Franklin the Turtle, the Franklin Children’s Garden has a hide-and-seek garden with a treehouse, a storytelling amphitheatre, and a pond. Then, pedal your way around the islands on a single bike, tandem, or two- or four-seater quadricycle from Toronto Island Bicycle Rental. torontoislandbicyclerental.com