Province/Territory: Ontario

Explore a hidden natural gem within the city

  • 600 acres of parkland off the shore of downtown Toronto
  • 30 plus amusement park rides and games
  • 21 picnic areas & 5 wading pools

Walk to the pier. Step onto a ferry. Leave the city behind. Feel the wind on your face. Then arrive at the island paradise called Toronto’s Centre Island – only a 10-minute ride from the heart of the city.

Here, you can let the kids run free. Ride on the antique carousel at Centreville Amusement Park, with its whimsical animals. Travel the park by pony express or hop on board the Centreville train. Ride a swan. Stop to feed the ducks. Come face to face with a llama. Bike or rollerblade along countless trails. Soak up the sun on a quiet beach. Ride to the top of the ferris wheel for fabulous views of Canada’s largest metropolis. Or just relax. And be back at your hotel in the big city in time for supper.

Why you should visit
  • Centre Island is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially for families with children 12 and younger.
  • Hop on the Toronto Island Ferry for the 15 minute ride over to the island.
  • Introduce the kids to a turtle’s point of view at The Franklin Children’s Garden - a park inspired by the popular children's storybook.
  • Spend the day playing at the Centreville Amusement Park.
  • Choose a scenic, shaded spot for a picnic; there are over 40 official picnic sites on the island.
  • Get away from it all on the secluded beaches on the island’s south side; they’re supervised in July and August.
  • Take the kids to the Far Enough Farm petting zoo, Frisbee golf course, and wading pools.
  • There are plenty of bucolic bicycle paths to explore and bike rentals are available.
  • Many quiet spots let you soak up the tranquility of nature while viewing Toronto's impressive metropolitan skyline across the water.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Centre Island attractions are open from May to October. In the colder months, the island reverts to a sleepy residential community.
  • The ferry operates year-round - more frequently during the peak summer months.
Need to know
  • Centre Island is also known as Toronto Island and is actually many islands that are home to more than 250 residences and the Toronto City Airport.
  • Strollers, wagons and bicycles are allowed on the ferry, but visitors must leave their cars behind.
  • Families will easily be able to make a day out of Centre Island; allow two hours minimum.
  • Centreville Amusement Park opens daily at 10:30am from the beginning of June to the beginning of September and all weekends in May and September, weather permitting.
  • Several restaurants and fast-food kiosks are available, but you should consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying it on some of the abundant green space.
  • Small children will get tired on car-free, public-transit-free Centre Island. Consider bringing a stroller or wagon.
  • Tickets are cheaper online.
Getting Here
  • The only way to get to Centre Island is by ferry. The Toronto Ferry Docks are located at the foot of Bay Street and Queen Quay.
  • The year-round ferry leaves every 15 minutes in the summer, less frequently in colder months.