Toronto Islands

I have a love/dislike relationship with the city of Toronto. Some days there is extreme dislike, and then there's days like this, where my faith that the city can be beautiful, 'outdoorsy' and not always full of concrete, is restored...

On the Canadian long weekend, Steve and I took a long bike ride, 50ish km or so to be exact, to the Toronto Islands. Let me just preface this post by saying I haven't been on a bike in at least 4 or 5 years. Safe to say I trailed, the entire time...


We picked up the trail along the Don River and headed south towards downtown. Once we reached downtown Toronto and picked up a picnic lunch and some cold brews in the historic Distillery District, a quick ferry ride took us over to the Toronto Islands. 


Comprising the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre, and provide shelter for Toronto Harbour. The virtually car-free islands are a popular recreational area, home to a small community of year-round residents, a public school and a small, but growing, airport. 



And while nature is plentiful on the islands, they're also known for their spectacular view of the downtown cityscape...



This place is beautiful.

Stay tuned Thursday for more pictures from our day on the islands...

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14 comments :

  1. Lovely pictures! I would love to visit Toronto or just Canada in general for that matter. You're so lucky to live there! But a 50km bike ride? WOW! ;)

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    1. Thank you! Canada definitely had some beautiful spots.

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  2. Toronto looks beautiful, those blossoms on the trees are lovely!

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    1. It definitely can be beautiful, especially the islands!

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  3. I love all your pictures.. You take some great photos.. Can't wait to see all the photos of Alaska..

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  4. Wow this is definitely a side of Toronto I haven't seen before! All I think about when I think of TO is 'concrete jungle' and this is changing my perspective! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You and me both! I love finding places like this and escaping the concrete.

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  5. You got some fantastic pictures! I love the spring trees and lighthouse!

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  6. Those pictures are killer. I took a boat ride out to the islands when I was there, but we weren't allowed to get off! :(

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    1. What kind of cruise did you do? That sounds fun! You'll have to take another trip to explore the island.

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  7. Lovely photos! I always find I like my current home city (Denver) after I get out of the concrete and into nature :)

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    1. Thank you! I've heard some wonderful things about Denver. I think it would be a city I'd love. I miss the mountains.

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