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Toronto Islands Ferries

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Address: 9 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H3, Canada
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+1 416-392-8193

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Went to the islands for an afternoon; you pay for a round trip ticket (for obvious reasons) and then go to the line for which boat you want (clearly marked by LED signs). The... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2016
Barrie, Canada
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Barrie, Canada
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32 reviews
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Reviewed August 12, 2016

Went to the islands for an afternoon; you pay for a round trip ticket (for obvious reasons) and then go to the line for which boat you want (clearly marked by LED signs). The boat schedule is posted for each line but I'd say at most it's 20-30 min wait. It's also nice that you dont need a physical ticket... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

We rode the ferry to Centre Island. Like the Staten Island Ferry in New York, it's a great way to get a view of the city skyline, and Toronto's skyline is impressive. It's a short but enjoyable ride to the island.

Thank Cliff P
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

easy service bringing you to several destinations on Toronto Island ...this is a must to visit and spend several hours on the island which is a kind of paradise located minutes away from the city

Thank grinzing
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2016

During summertime, the line-ups for the Island ferries are insane. Buy your tickets in advance online and pass through a much shorter line-up! As for the ferries themselves, they are basic, but clean, the schedule is frequent enough and the ride is short.

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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2016

If you're in Toronto you must take a ferry trip to the islands. It gets busy so book head using the app, and then spend a hour or two (or maybe all day) on the islands. Great day out.

Thank Ian M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2016

We take the ferry to get over to the islands, but have also taken it with friends traveling from out of town as a great way to see the Toronto skyline from the water. It costs $7.50 for an adult round trip. Can get HUGELY busy on summer weekends, especially going to Centre Island, so consider heading to Ward's or... More 

Thank MaraFromToronto
Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2016

What else more can I say? It runs on time and has tons of space so you never have to worry. It's affordable and takes you straight to the islands.

Thank 232henryw
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2016

The best view of the Toronto Skyline was from the ferries across to the Toronto Islands. You could see all the main buildings including the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre plus all the financial institutions and condo's. The ferry service was cheap and regular. As a tourist I would recommend going to centre island unless you have a long... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

The ferry is a cheap and easy way to get across to the Islands. We prebooked online to avoid the queues which was helpful and the ferries are very regular. There were other water taxis available but the ferry had character which I think you'd miss out on.

Thank mcink
Barrington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2016

If you want to get there fast spend $10 per person and take the water taxis. If you want to get there easily take the free ferry. Often crowded so you might have to wait, it's still probably worth it.

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Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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