Photo courtesy of Tourism Toronto
Once summer has arrived in all her glory, city folk yearn to escape the concrete jungle. The cheap and chic solution for locals is to pack a picnic and head for a beach day on the Toronto Islands, just a short ferry ride away. Of the three primary islands, all of which are connected by paths and bridges, Centre Island boasts the highest number of visitors; people head straight to its main strip to get to the beach and the amusement park. Ward's Island offers more charm: In addition to the sandy shore, there are small summer cottages and gardens. Those intent on exercise can rent bicycles or paddleboats.
By Karolyne Ellacott, AFAR Local Expert
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Having a great time at the Toronto Islands, Canada
The Islands have a fun and relaxing atmosphere. You can walk around, grab a snack and a drink in the restaurant, play woleyball, or just sit on the grass and enjoy wonderful view Toronto ( on a picture you can see CN Tower behind me). I had a blast.