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“One time is enough, maybe 2”
Review of Centre Island

Centre Island
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$21.47*
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Toronto Inner Harbour and Island Cruise
Ranked #12 of 501 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto: ride a bike or take a turn on your blades on any of the many trails located on the island.
Los Angeles
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“One time is enough, maybe 2”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We really want to like this place more, but lets be honest, the boat ride is the best thing about going there. In the summer, its crowded, humid, buggy and if you walk on the grass, beware there are Canadian goose feces all over. The first food place you see is Pizza Pizza and overall the food is lousy and unhealthy. There are a few play areas but again, they arent as good as they should be. The amusement park is for smaller kids and not worth the wait either. I am not a fan, what can I say? It needs a serious upgrade in terms of facilities, clean restrooms and better food and play structure.

Visited July 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“nice but!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

the island is nice but the atraction park for the kids is not worted.
except if you have kids Under 4 year old.

Visited July 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“What an Experience!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

This was our second visit to Centre Island in Toronto and we had a blast! We were so excited to see the "Festival of India" set up on the island. There was amazing food, shopping, music, theater, cooking demonstrations, and yoga classes. Apparently it is an annual event in July.

The island is a great place for younger children with lots of simple rides like the antique carousel, teacups, a small Ferris wheel, bumper boats, paddle boats, etc.

The ferry that connects the island to the mainland can be quite a scene with super-long lines at the end of the day. If you find the line too long to manage, there are water taxis out near the boat rides.

Also, if you want to avoid waiting in line, buy your ferry tickets in advance. They are going to start online purchasing by next summer, but at the moment, it can be an hour's wait just for tickets and another half hour to get on a ferry.

Overall, it is worthwhile as there is more than a day's worth of activity on the island.

If you can make it in mid-July for the Festival of India, it is absolutely awesome!

Visited July 2013
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Coimbatore, India
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“Easiest weekend getaway for family/friends”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I lived in Toronto for 6 months and Toronto island is a good place to hangout all day during a weekend. Be it family or friends you will have fun here. You could walk around or decide to rent a bike and ride it around the island. I felt separated from the busy city and felt like I was hundreds of miles away, In the evenings, if you wish to stay, you might get a glimpse of the lighted up skyline after sunset.

Only way to reach there is by a boat. There are scheduled ferries from Toronto.

My favorite is the sign "Please walk on the lawn" :)

Visited August 2012
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Amherstburg, Canada
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“Makes for a perfect day!”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

So much to do. We rented bikes, enjoyed the beach and park and ate at the Carousel (name?) which was a very pleasant experience in itself.

Visited July 2013
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