A trip to Centre Island #centreisland

It has been well over a decade since I’ve ferried over to Centre Island. With a blog about Toronto it was time to feature Toronto’s Islands.  Monday August 15 was one of the Mondays I booked off this summer for my wife and I to enjoy our staycation.  The temperature was 37 degrees Celsius including the humidity and the sky was blue with the odd cloud hovering above.  Just want to see the photos click here

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The terminal was known as the Toronto Island Ferry Docks until 2013, when it was renamed in honour of former city councillor and federal Member of Parliament Jack Layton.

Source: United Food and Commercial Workers Canada

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The last time my wife and I visited Centre Island alone was June 13, 1986. (I’ve always kept a photo journal of my adventures) We had skipped off from high school and enjoyed the day at the island very much. We made if back home before our parents arrived from work making it a perfect adventure. With our children well in their twenties, we find ourselves alone again. We should have played hooky from work, for old times’ sake. My wife and I in 1986 at the island and us now.  FYI, those tandem bikes are not easy to operate, get individual bikes. Trust me…

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and now

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June 13, 1986

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and now

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The ferry ride was as I remember it, I truly enjoyed watching the Toronto skyline as we moved further and further away from dock. I took way too many photos, lol. I wish I had photos of what the skyline looked like back in 1986, back then I probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now.

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The Island too looked as I remembered it. The green grass lay in the shade of large and majestic trees. Since this trip was in the summer and school was out, we stayed away from Centreville. There were kids everywhere, I may pop back in the fall and photograph the things I didn’t this time around.

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We rode that death machine (tandem bike) to Wards Island and back to the bike rental place where we returned it early.

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By foot we headed the 4 kilometres to Hanlan’s Point  on the other side of the island.

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Let’s just say we had planned of walking back and take the Centre Island ferry back. Unfortunately we were so tired, the heat didn’t help matters.


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We took the ferry back to Toronto from Hanlan’s Point. The ferry back held City of Toronto pickup trucks and city workers heading back at the end of the day along with thirty other people.

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Lots more photos in the album click here

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