Written by Emily De Sousa
The Toronto Islands are finally reopening after being closed down due to flooding for the better part of the summer. The Toronto Island Park – including Ward’s Island, Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island and the Centreville Theme Park – will officially reopen this Monday, July 31. Olympic Island, however, will remain closed due to high water levels. All beaches on the islands will be at least partially opened, with lifeguards on duty.
Now that you’ve finally gotten the chance to escape the city congestion, let’s look at some fun things you can do on the islands this summer!
Visit Centerville Theme park
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This may be your last chance to ride the vintage carousel that was just sold 3 million dollars. Though the park is geared more towards kids, you have to visit it at least once while on the islands. Better yet, bring along your little cousins, nieces, or nephews – you’ll be the coolest uncle of the summer!
Go Paddleboarding with Toronto Island SUP
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This is my favourite thing to do on the islands as paddleboarding is a fun workout and the best views of the skyline can be experienced from the water. You can take lessons, do a SUP yoga class, or just rent the boards on your own at Toronto Island SUP.
Bare it all at Hanlan’s Point
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1km of Hanlan’s beach was officially recognized as clothing optional in 2002. It’s only one of two clothing option beaches in the country. If you’re feeling adventurous take a stroll down to this beach and get rid of any pre-existing tan lines.
Walk the Boardwalk on Ward’s Island
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The boardwalk on the south side of this island provides some of the most stunning views of Lake Ontario. It’s really beautiful to take a stroll along it at sunset to sun go down over the skyline.
Play Disc Golf
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There is a disc golf course off the main road between Ward’s and Centre Islands that’s free to play as long as you bring your own disc. Just be careful if you’re cutting through the fields so you don’t accidently get hit with a disc!
Play Tennis or Beach Volleyball
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If disc golf isn’t your forte, there’s no need to fret. There are a bunch of tennis and beach volleyball courts located just south of Hanlan’s Point so you can get your sweat on while enjoying the beautiful weather this summer.
Rent a Canoe or Kayak from the Boathouse
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One of the best ways to explore the islands is on the water. At the boathouse you’ll have your pick of canoe’s, peddle boats, or kayaks to enjoy a leisurely day on the water.
Have a Picnic
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There are a ton of large grassy areas on the islands that are perfect for having a picnic. Some areas of barbeque stations that you can use as well, as long as you bring your own charcoal. Please just remember to be respectful of the islands and clean up after yourselves!
Rent a Bike
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Don’t want to dodge traffic while biking in downtown Toronto? Enjoy biking at the islands, where cars aren’t allowed and you don’t have to worry about getting knocked off your bike with a car door.