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How to Get to the Toronto Islands

How to Get to the Toronto Islands

Planning a trip to Toronto and wondering how to get to the Toronto Islands?

There are plenty of fun things to do on the Toronto Islands, and it’s so worth the visit if you’re visiting during the spring and summer months.

Here are a few different ways on how you can get to the Toronto Islands!

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  • Downtown Toronto bike tour: explore the best of downtown Toronto via bike on a guided 3.5 hour tour, which takes you through Chinatown, City Hall, and the Entertainment District.
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  • Kensington Market food tour: taste your way through one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods on this 2.5 hour tour.

How to get to the Toronto Islands


Toronto Islands ferry
The view of the Toronto skyline from the ferry.

The only way to get to the Toronto Islands is by ferry or private water taxi.

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Most people take the ferry to the Toronto Islands as it’s significantly cheaper, but it’s up to you however you want to get to or leave the island!


Ferry to the Toronto Islands

The ferry is the most affordable way to get to the Toronto Islands, with roundtrip tickets under $10 for adults and under $6 for kids, youth, and seniors.

Getting to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal

The ferries are located at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, which is located right by the water just south of the Bay St. and Queens Quay intersection.

Public transit

You can take public transit to Union Station and take the 10 minute walk over to the terminal, or take the 509 or 510 TTC streetcar and get off at Bay & Queens Quay.

Bike Share electric bike rental at Ontario Place, Toronto
You can rent a Bike Share and ride it to the ferry terminal.
Toronto Bike Share

There’s also a Bike Share rack right in front of the terminal, so you can rent a bike anywhere around the city and take the Waterfront bike trail to get here!

I wouldn’t bring the Bike Share onto the islands with you, as there are no Bike Share docks on the islands and the bikes need to be docked every 30 minutes.

If you have your own bike, skateboard, or scooter, you can bring it onto the islands as well.

It’s quite safe as the islands are completely car-free, minus the few service vehicles!

Toronto Islands ferry prices (roundtrip)

  • $8.70 for adults
  • $5.60 for youth (under 19) and seniors
  • $4.10 for kids under 14
  • Free for kids under 2
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Toronto Islands ferry destinations

The ferries leave from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to 3 different destinations on the islands: Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island, and Ward’s Island.

Ferry tickets must be booked online, and it includes a return trip back to the city.

You can print out your tickets or show them on your phone to have them scanned.

Below are the roundtrip ferry prices as of June 2022, and you can take the ferry to and from any of the 3 destinations with your tickets.

Toronto Islands ferry hours of operation

I’ve listed the hours of operation for the spring ferry schedule below, and it changes depending on the seasons.

You can see actual departure times on the official website.

I would definitely recommend visiting on weekdays and during off hours, as it can get very busy on weekends, holidays, and during peak hours!

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at the Toronto Islands
The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is a cool sight located on Hanlan’s Point.
Hanlan’s Point ferry hours

Hanlan’s Point is known for its clothing-optional beach, though there’s definitely more to see than that!

I always love checking out the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse – rumour has it that it’s haunted.

Departures to Hanlan’s Point run from 8 AM to 4 PM everyday, and departures back to the city run from 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM.

Centre Island ferry hours

Centre Island is probably the busiest island, and it has an amusement park for kids.

Departures to Centre Island run from 11 AM to 6:30 PM on weekdays, or 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on weekends.

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Departures back to the city run from 11:20 AM to 6:50 PM on weekdays or 9:45 AM to 6:50 PM on weekends!

Ward’s Island ferry hours

Ward’s Island is mostly a residential neighbourhood (yes, people live here!) but it’s still lovely to walk around.

Departures to Ward’s Island run from 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM everyday, and departures back to the city run from 6:45 AM to 11:45 PM.

Hanlan's Point ferry waiting area at the Toronto Islands
The waiting area for the ferry back to the city at Hanlan’s Point.

Water taxi to the Toronto Islands

If you’d prefer to travel to the Toronto Islands without the crowds, water taxis might be a better option for you.

All of the water taxis leave from the Harbourfront area, and they’re $12 per person one-way.

So, if you’re doing a roundtrip, it costs $24 each for both adults and children.

Here are a few different water taxi services you can take to the Toronto Islands:

The water taxis leave once they have enough people on-board to make the trip worth it!

The sunset view of the Toronto skyline from the Toronto Islands ferry
The view of the Toronto skyline from the water.

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