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Toronto Islands Professional Review and Guide
"This archipelago is just 1 mile south of Toronto and makes a great day paddle destination, with opportunities for sidetrips to quiet little bays or paddling the Inner Harbour, which offers an excellent view of the Toronto skyline. The islands were once a peninsula formed by sediment deposited at the mouth of the Don River, but a storm in 1858 washed away part of the peninsula and created the Eastern Gap. The islands are government owned, but land on Ward’s and Algonquin Islands is leased to residents. There is also an airport on the western end of the island (Hanlan’s Point), an amusement park on Centre Island, and numerous marinas, including that of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The island group has regular ferry service, but paddlers only have to cross the Eastern Gap from Cherry Beach to get to the islands."
--Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman, Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario (The Globe Pequot Press).
The Toronto Islands is a great urban day trip. Not a challenging trip it takes you away from a major city that you never really loss site of. Within site of the mainland you can voyage here under your own paddling power. The islands have several permanent residents that provide an unique flavour. The unusual home and house boats designs provide hours of entertainment. The various canals and paths provide a seemly endless voyage always within a safe enivorment. The day I was at the Islands the local running club (Longboat Roadrunners) had their annual 10km running race. The Longboat hold this event on the second Sunday in September each year. Various watercraft travel around and through the island lagoons. A worthly visit for tourist and local Ontarians.
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