You know it’s time to find something new for your family to do when the kids are getting bored of spraying each other with the hose. So get out there and explore all that our city has to offer. Our fave summer escape? Ward’s Island, hands down.
Pack the stroller, bikes, scooters, bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, hats, water bottles and snacks for a full day adventure.
Get yourself down to the Harbourfront Ferry docks where you get the boat to Ward’s Island—it’s always a shorter line-up than the Centre Island Ferry and takes about ten minutes (adults $6.50, kids $3). Enjoy the view of the city. Kids love seeing the Roger’s Centre and CN Tower from a new perspective so make sure you point them out.
Good To Know: The big line up in the middle is for Centre Island, the line to the right goes to Ward’s Island Dock and to the left is the ferry to Ward’s Island, Hanlan’s Point. If your kids are older and you want to ride all around the island, go to Hanlan’s Point. If you are walking with strollers, go to Ward’s Island Dock. Double checking the departure times from the Island could avoid a toddler meltdown at the end of the visit.
Upon arrival at Hanlan’s Point, you will note signs to “clothing optional beach”. We prefer the beach on the other side of the island (ahem) so walk over to the snack bar and ask for a map (it’s free). From there you have about a 5km bike ride through the park along the water. The halfway point is where the tourists go—it’s not a bad stopping point with play grounds, splash pools, public washrooms and concession stands (hot dogs, pizza and burgers). There is also a bike rental service here if you don’t have your own.