The Toronto Islands is an easy find in most travel books as a place to visit while in Toronto and there are plenty of reasons why. Most likely due to its bike trails, water sports, amusement park, large campgrounds and beaches, even an airport but wait… there is more!
Originally a peninsula, the Toronto Islands separated from the mainland as recently as 1852 thanks to a powerful storm. Since then the islands have had enough history to match that of a small town, which ironically it was for over a hundred years, in fact three hundred homes still exist to this day.
One of the islands, Algonquin, near the Ward Island ferry stop is by far one of my favourites, albeit with little known spots to enjoy a picnic. This spot only has a few tables, which are not necessary if you decide to sit on the grass and once there, you will be presented with one of the best views of the city. Better yet, wait for sunset and enjoy as the sun glides down into the horizon with Toronto as your foreground.
Not only is it a place most visitors will not find as it is a bit off the beaten path but you might get to chit chat with the locals who are both friendly and quite proud of their quiet vacation spot only 20 minutes away from North America’s 5th most populous city.
Just remember, bring your camera and plenty of sandwiches.