Toronto Islands: The Most Instagrammable Spots Canada

The Toronto Islands have truly blown me away. As soon as you step foot on the islands you feel like entering another world. The islands are the largest urban car-free community in North America and are well worth a day trip!

Here are some of the most picturesque and instagramable spots on the Toronto Islands.

The Ferry Ride

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The ferry ride is not just a way to get to the islands, but an experience in itself. As you’re moving away from the city center you get some fantastic views of Toronto’s skyline.  Whether you’re wanting some skyline shots for your gallery or some fun boomerang clips with your hair blowing in the wind, this is the time to get snap happy.

Centre Island Pier

Toronto Islands Beach

The Centre Island Pier is just few minutes walk from the Centre Island Ferry Terminal. The whole area is super photogenic: sandy beaches, a beautiful wooden pier and scenic views of Lake Ontario. The best thing about this location is that you can get photos from so many different perspectives, giving you a range of angles to choose from for your gallery. I wouldn’t recommend using a drone or having a picnic here though as the seagulls are a little pushy(me and my pizza slice had to find shelter in seating area of a food truck to get away from them).

View of South Island

Toronto South Island

Follow the path from the pier past the Island Church and you will get to a sign saying “The Royal Canadian Yacht Club”. You’ll find yourself in a little spot with a view of South Island and countless sailing boats. I love the unique angle you can capture from there. Definitely an Instagram-worthy shot!

Lakeshore Avenue – Boardwalk

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If you want to capture the tranquillity of Lake Ontario, this is just the right spot.  I still find it hard to believe that this photo was taken in Toronto, the largest city in Canada!

Wards Island Ferry Terminal

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Before you head back into the city, consider stopping at the little beach to the right of the Wards Island Ferry Terminal. This was one of my favourite stops because it offers such a variety and the background is constantly changing. This spot really does have it all: the perfect view of Toronto’s skyline, ferries passing by and a cute little wooden bench to relax on while you take in the view.

Toronto Islands – How to get there

The easiest way to get across to the islands from Downtown Toronto is taking the ferry. The Ferry Terminal is located between Bay Street and Yonge Street on Queens Quay. Tickets can be purchased just outside the terminal for 7.50$ return. Once you bought your ticket you can choose which island you would like to go to by joining the line for your island of choice. I decided to start from the Central Island and continue from there. The ferries to Central Island run from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm, depending on the time of year you’re visiting.

Heading to Toronto soon and want to know more about the city? Check out my post on Toronto’s Kensington Market.

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