The Toronto Island plays host to some of the most fun and exciting activities going on in the City. Blocked by the City’s growing skyline, the Toronto islands are often forgotten about by local residents. Which, definitely, shouldn’t be the case!
Check out our list of 15 fun things to do on the Toronto Islands (in no particular order)
Probably one of the most popular activities hosted on the island, Electric Island is hosts some of the raddest parties every long weekend over the summer. It’s pretty easy to vibe out on the island until the sun goes down with performing acts such as AME (live) / APOLLONIA / ANDHIM / BEN KLOCK vs MARCEL DETTMANN / BICEP / BLACK COFFEE / DIXON / DJ TENNIS / FATIMA YAMAHA / GET REAL: GREEN VELVET & CLAUDE VONSTROKE / GUI BORATTO / GUY GERBER / GUY J / JAMIE JONES / JOB JOBSE / JUSTIN MARTIN / LOCO DICE / NICOLE MOUDABER / NITIN / PAUL KALKBRENNER (LIVE) / SVEN VATH / TALE OF US.
2. Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co.
Adjacent to the Ferry Docks, BBQ & Beer Co has one of the most amazing patios in the city, with arguably one of the best views. The patio holds up to 500 people and is the perfect spot to enjoy some craft beer and succulent BBQ.
3. The Rectory Cafe
Nestled along the eastern front of Centre Island, also known as Ward’s Island, is the adorable Rectory Cafe. This cute villa style hangout is perfect for weekend dates with bae. The garden style patio by the waterfront and boardwalk is a slice of paradise that will help you relax after a long week.
4. 44th Annual Festival of India (July 16 + 17)
Toronto’s Festival of India AKA Ratha-Yatra is proud to present their 44th annual celebration. The cultural event will feature a launch party @ Yonge-Dundas Square, A 12hr kirtan (Traditional Call+Response Chant, A parade and lastly an outdoor festival hosted on Centre Island
5. Hanlan’s Beach
Comfortable with your body and are maybe a bit of an exhibitionist well? Hanlan’s Point is for you. Feel the Breeze blow through your nether’s at one of the Toronto few “Optional Clothing” Beaches. Bonus – it’s the perfect public spot to tan if you don’t want tan lines.
6. Bike Rental
Toronto Island is the perfect spot to rent a bike. Low traffic, great views and smooth roads make for some of the best cycling the city has to offer. Rent a single, tandem or quad cycle as your cruise through, island styles.
7. Toronto Islands Boat House
Home to all water activities, the Toronto Island Boat House allows patrons to rent Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards and more!
8. Franklin Children’s Garden
Inspired by Franklin the Turtle, Franklin Children’s Garden is an educational and interactive green space for children and families alike. The garden is divided into a variety of sections offering kids chances to garden and read as well as explore the wildlife.
9. Centreville Amusement Park
This place always felt like such a big deal growing up. Does anyone else remember this commercial ?!
Centreville Amusement park is great for first-time amusement park goers. With over 30 small rides and attractions, the amusement park is a safe and affordable day trip for the family!
10. Frisbee Golf
Toronto Island plays host to one of the 6ix’s three Frisbee Golf Courses. Why stress and get overcharged to play golf? When you can keep it chill and tranquil and play some Frisbee golf. Anyone who tells you real golf is relaxing is either lying to you or is really effing Good. Regardless of what you think it’s definitely an activity to try with your friends!
11. Beach Volley Ball
Centre Islands has a variety of courts to play on. Bring your skills and try not to embarrass yourself out there.
12. Toronto Island Challenge Course
Listed by the city as one of “10 Out of the Ordinary Recreation Experiences”, The Toronto Island Challenge Course is a perfect for the weekend warrior. This ropes course is designed to challenge your concentration, Physical Ability and your team building skills. At 25-30 feet, this course is not for the feint of heart.
13. Toronto Island Tram Tours
Toronto Island is a lot like The CN, a most local’s know about it in some form but has really never taken the time to experience it. The tram tours are probably the most touristy thing you can do on the Island other than the amusement park, but it’s a quick affordable activity that will shed some unknown knowledge about the city.
14. Toronto B&B
Sometimes you just don’t have the budget for an over-the- water villa in Fiji, but instead of focusing on what can’t be, why not shift your attention at what can be and stay be. Like staying at a Bed and Breakfast on the island. These B&B’s are perfect for your staycation!
15. Camp Wavelength
Camp Wavelength is an ill Music festival hosted on the island at the end of summer. Way Home isn’t the only Musical camping festival in the GTA. In fact, Camp Wavelength is the only Music Festival that offers Camping in Toronto proper. Immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy life to the fullest. There are only a few camping spots, make sure to book your spot before it sells out!