Toronto rocks. The Eaton Centre, theatre all the time, Massey Hall, that big neon sign right in the middle of Nathan Phillips Square… I just can’t get enough! Except, of course, when small-town girl hits big city overload. All those things that make Toronto awesome are enough to drive a rural ocean-lover back to her hotel room and hide out.
Or, as I discovered on my last trip to Toronto, just last month, you can skip the hotel food and take off to Toronto Island instead!
A fifteen-minute ferry ride from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal brings visitors to one of the islands.
In the summer, the islands’ beaches and amusement park would be draw enough, but in the middle of April, they were deserted, and the drizzle kept the crowds away.
Ward’s Island has the cutest houses in a complete neighbourhood, with a view of – but isolated from – the city.
On Centre Island, check out the bright red door on the old lighthouse, and watch the planes take off from the Toronto Island airport.
Stop in at The Rectory Cafe for delicious soup, espresso, and cake!
Lunch is served all afternoon, and the table by the fireplace is the perfect place to warm up after a chilly walk around the islands.
Kids will find lots of green space to run around, playgrounds to entertain, and of course, the amusement park and beaches!
The best views of downtown Toronto and the CN Tower can be spotted from Ward’s Island, near the ferry terminal.
Before heading back, rent a bike and take a tour of all the beaches, or go by foot, since on the islands, nothing is ever very far away.
What’s your favourite escape from the big city? Chat with me in the comments below, or on Facebook!