When life gets too hectic in Toronto, head to the fabulous Centre Island. It’s a great place to unwind and slacken your pace. The Centre Island is just a short ferry ride away from downtown Toronto and is an idyllic getaway from the humdrum of the city. The crescent-shaped island rests between Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point and features amusement parks, gardens, bicycle paths, eateries and even a farm.
A trip to Centre Island is a great family outing especially if you have pre-teen kids. But then again, people of all ages will find something to do here. One of the main attractions on Centre Island is a cute amusement park called Centreville Amusement Park. A treat for kids, it exudes an early 20th century feel and includes vintage carousels, swan boats, a miniature railway and a sky ride.
The Far Enough Farm, also a part of Centreville will capture your child’s attention as it offers the opportunity to see various domesticated animals like chickens, cows, pigs, ponies etc. Another delight for kids is the Franklin Children’s Garden. It’s an exciting garden that will fuel your child’s imagination. The garden is inspired by the series of storybooks written by Paulette Bourgeois on Franklin the Turtle. Your kids can frolic in the garden, commune with nature and learn new things.
Adults will also find things to do at Centre Island. Stop by the Frisbee golf course or cool off by the wading pools. If you want to get some exercise, hop on a bicycle and trail along the many bicycle paths. When it’s time to eat, you’ll be confronted with numerous choices. The island is peppered with eateries offering a variety of food. Alternatively, you could carry your own lunch and picnic on the verdant spaces found all over the island.
Centre Island is not only a tourist attraction but is also home to a number of residents. During winter the island transforms into a lethargic residential locality. So, the best time to visit is between May and October. Cars are not allowed on the island, so you don’t have to watch your step or put up with traffic. There’s only the island’s tourist train that mills around the island and you may come across a few bikers circulating around merrily.
You can definitely make Centre Island a day trip. There’s so much to do and see and it’s not just for the kids. As you take in the scenery, your stress will ebb away and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. After you’ve had your fill of Centre Island, you could also drop by the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Harbourfront Centre and other places close to the Toronto Ferry Dock.
The Centre Island offers wholesome entertainment for the entire family and an opportunity to get away from everyday hustle and bustle. So don’t pass up a chance for some great excitement and adventure if you can help it.