This unique chain of 15 small islands on Lake Ontario south of mainland Toronto are located just offshare from the city's downtown. The islands are home to large swaths of pakland, several yacht clubs, Centreville Amusement Park, a residential area and several beaches. The island community is the largest urban car-free area in North America, with the exception of a few service vehicles. The Toronto islands are a popular recreation destination. Cyclists can bring their bikes with them on the ferry from the mainland. Bikes, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats can also be rented on Centre Island. There is also a disc golf course. The islands are also a popular beach destination. The main beach is along the south shore and the beach on the west shore is clothing optional.Watch the video below and take it all in!
There are several swimming beaches on the islands, including Centre Island Beach, Manitou Beach, Gibralter Point Beach, Ward's Island Beach and Hanlan's Point Beach. Hanlan's Point is the one where clothing is optional - at least in one official section!
Recreational boating is one of the most popular pastimes on the island and has been for more than a century. Four yacht clubs call the islands their home: Harbour City Yacht Club, Island Yacht Club, Queen City Yacht Club, and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. There is also a public marina - the Toronto Island Marina. A dragon boat regatta course also holds the annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race and Festival.
Cover photo By Rudolf Cohilj from Düsseldorf, Germany - Toronto IslandUploaded by Skeezix1000, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7554873