Ward’s Island is the last of the Toronto Islands, and is the quietest of the three. It’s the bougiest of the islands, too, but it’s still a lovely place to visit. Most of the things you can do on the island are very outdoors-y, like paddle-boarding or playing frisbee in areas that are designed for that. There’s also a couple of social clubs that host lawn bowling tournaments and other rich-people things, but obviously, you have to pay to become a member of these clubs. I, personally, skip the clubs, frisbee and the paddle-boarding, and like to watch the sailboats pass by, but I’ll still tell you about the other things you can do on Ward’s Point!
Snake Island is quite close to the docks, all you have to do is cross a bridge to get to it. While its name sounds scary, I’ve never seen a snake while I’ve been there, but you will probably run into a few bugs. You can barbecue on the island, or have bonfires, and the views make it a lovely place to have a get-together. Snake Point tends to be less busy than the other islands, so the get-together would be a lot more intimate if you held it on Snake Island!
The other part of the island that’s worth visiting is the boardwalk, also known as Lakeshore Avenue. Now, quite often, the boardwalk can be blocked off at random points, which forces you to go all the way back to the beginning, but it’s still a good time. On one side, you’re greeted by gorgeous native trees, and on the other side, you’ve got the lake.
The main part of the island is residential and full of those social clubs, so I never bother exploring. Food options on the island are quite expensive, but one of the local favourites is the Rectory, which is a small café. That’s a theme on the Toronto Islands—there are lots of cafes here.
To find out more about how to get to Ward’s Island, visit the Toronto Island Ferry’s website here!
This article was updated on 7-17-2018