A sandy beach, tree lined trail, perfect picnic spot, and kiddie amusement park. Sounds like all of the best places to spend a fun summer day, right?
Centre Island is a well known tourist attraction, but what makes this paradise so special is the fact that it is only a short ferry ride away from downtown Toronto. We spent an afternoon thrill seeking on the kiddie rides, exploring the beautiful parks and gardens, cooling off at the splash pad, building sand castles on the beach, and taking a dip in the lake. It was perfect. Take a look at our photos:
The Toronto Ferry Docks are located foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The Ferry schedule is available on-line and fares range from $6.50 for adults, $3.00 for kids under 14, and free for children under 2 years of age.
Centre Island is beautiful – green grass, landscaped gardens, plenty of willow trees, and lake views. Bring a camera or you will regret it!
There is quite a bit of walking once you get off the Ferry and make your way to Centreville. I recommend bringing a stroller if you are traveling with a toddler. My son was happy to walk in the morning, but by the end of the day, it was a completely different story.
Centreville’s rides are very toddler-friendly (my son is four years old), but would also interest kids up to 8 years of age.
Pack a picnic – not only will you save money, but there are plenty of picnic tables and picturesque locations to dine.
Centreville is open until late September, check the calendar for specific times. Note that the ferry and island are very busy on weekends. If possible, plan to go on a weekday morning.
Do you plan to make a trip to Centre Island this summer?