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Wards Island, Toronto

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#4 of 7 in Nature in Toronto
Venture off the beaten track to Wards Island, an untouristed neighbor of the other Toronto islands. You'll see charming residential cottages, secluded beaches, and an attractive waterfront. Bring a camera for the opportunity to capture some of Toronto's skyline from afar. The island cafe makes an ideal rest stop for weary feet, and serves a variety of meals, snacks, and refreshments. To visit Wards Island on your trip to Toronto, use our Toronto itinerary planner .
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  • September 23, 2017
    Took the ferry to ward's island to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while... it was stunning and so relaxing. The boardwalk walk around to Centre island was so lovely, time flew p...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    We took an afternoon water taxi to the island. The island had a walking path and a nice restroom available. There is also a cute cafe where you can sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere. We enjoyed som...  more »
  • September 12, 2017
    Nice part of the is­land. More built up with residences and boats than the rest of the island. Snake Island was closed due to the floods. Th­ere are some stunning views of the city here. There is a go...  more »
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  • April 8, 2017
    It's nice place to spend the day, especially walking along the Island, well worth it when you make to one side of the island or another. Not sure why people say the waters dirty, any public water needs to be filtered before drinking. Does get busy since it's so close to the downtown core.
  • February 17, 2017
    Great beach - mostly because it's much less busy than Hanlan's. Can even get away with playing with your dog in the water at the further end of the beach. Water is nice and beach itself has nice sand and not too rocky or seaweedy.
  • April 12, 2017
    My favourite place in the City. Love coming here on a weekday in summer.
  • March 11, 2017
    Quiet. Nice Beach. Great place to spend an afternoon by the lake.
  • January 1, 2017
    My go-to-beach in the island. Small but nice, much less crowded than Hanlan's Point.

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