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Toronto Islands

A labyrinth of long beaches, woodland walks and tranquil waterways, this miniature island chain is the ultimate city getaway.

Swim in the calm, clear lake and sunbathe on soft sand on the Toronto Islands. Enjoy the excitement of the central amusement park or wander between pretty parks and historic buildings.

Leave the urban jungle behind and spend a day exploring the beautiful islands that lie on the perimeter of Toronto Harbour. Ward’s Island is the biggest and holds many of the region’s most enticing attractions. Head straight to gorgeous Manitou Beach and its pier for great views of the city skyline or take a ride on the island’s tram tour. Look for the delightful lakeside church and Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. A plaque here reveals that the 19th-century lighthouse is supposedly haunted by the ghost of its first keeper, who was found mysteriously dead in 1815.

Cross from here to Centre Island and head to Centreville Park. Children and adults can try more than 30 rides including a log flume, roller coaster and ghost train. Get close to horses, goats and rabbits at the petting zoo and grab something to eat at one of several fast-food restaurants.

After a busy morning, set off on foot or rent bikes to see more of the islands. Watch yachts sailing from Algonquin Island and admire graceful ships at the Toronto Island Marina.

If you’re tempted to get out on the water yourself, rent a paddleboat and explore the sheltered channels that wrap around tiny Snake Island and Snug Harbour.

Before you head for home soak up the friendly atmosphere at the Rectory Café. Sip a refreshing drink while the sun begins to set and indulge yourself with a generous portion of fries or pizza.

Reach Toronto Islands via a 10–minute ferry that departs regularly from the dock at the end of Bay Street on the mainland. The ferry has a small fee. The islands have no visitor accommodations although there are bathrooms and several food outlets.


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33 Gerrard St W, Toronto
     
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    This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto Eaton Centre and Toronto City Hall. Art Gallery of Ontario and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 1 mi (2 km). College Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dundas Station is 5 minutes.

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      Located in Financial District, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Path and Hockey Hall of Fame. Ryerson University and CN Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km). King Station is only a 2-minute walk and Queen Station is 6 minutes.

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      100 Front St West, Toronto
         
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        This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower and Rogers Centre. Ryerson University and University of Toronto - St. George Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km). Toronto Union Station is only a 3-minute walk and St Andrew Station is 6 minutes.

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        111 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto
           
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          Located in Downtown Toronto, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Exhibition Place, Rogers Centre and CN Tower. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 3 mi (5 km). Toronto Exhibition Station is 9 minutes by foot.

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          Terminal 3, Toronto AMF, Mississauga
             
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            Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Woodbine Racetrack, Centennial Park and Fantasy Fair. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Montgomery's Inn are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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            55 Reading Crt, Toronto
               
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              Located in Etobicoke, this golf hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Woodbine Racetrack and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Fantasy Fair. Centennial Park and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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              15 Richmond St E, Toronto
                 
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                Located in Downtown Toronto, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Path and Hockey Hall of Fame. Ryerson University and CN Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km). King Station is 7 minutes by foot and Queen Station is 9 minutes.

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                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

                108 Chestnut St, Toronto
                   
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                  Located in Downtown Toronto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Path and Ryerson University. CN Tower and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 1 mile (2 km). St Patrick Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dundas Station is 6 minutes.

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