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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
July 9, 2011
From journal Toronto: Around and About
newcastle, United Kingdom
April 12, 2006
From journal Terrific Toronto
Durham, United Kingdom
September 11, 2005
Once on the island, you're faced with a small number of fast-food and drink kiosks and some useful orientation information about the pretty small island. I'd estimate a circumnavigation of the entire island on foot could be done inside 2 hours, so it's not like you can get yourself into any serious outback-type trouble, even if you tried. So, frankly, the best thing to do once you're there is to set off on an aimless wander - you'll get to see everything the island has to offer soon enough provided you keep moving. Actually, the first thing to do, before you forget and weather permitting, is to take some fine snaps of the Toronto Skyline from this privileged viewpoint.
After that, you notice that the island is pretty much solely an offshore picnic location. No cars are allowed on the island, but there is bicycle hire, so you can't relax 100%. This means that on holiday weekends, your tolerance of screaming brats might get tested a bit on the ferry and the picnic areas closer to the drop-off points. The good news is that parties containing screaming brats are generally not fond of a walk of much significance, so wander away from the ferry drop-off point and their density decreases exponentially.
The far side of the island offers unbroken views of, well, open water, and if you're prepared to be slightly more daring/creepy, nude sunbathers. These are kept within a contained area presumably, so they don't mix with, and scare, the screaming brats.
When you look at the map of Toronto, you'd be forgiven for thinking there was an airport on the island. This is stretching the definition to the limit. There is a landing strip where small light aeroplanes can take off and land, but there are no associated buildings or any other airport related paraphernalia. Actually there are generally no aeroplanes either, so, for the most part, it would be more accurately described as "a partially tarmaced field that you're not supposed to walk across."
When we took the trip across, it was a sunny early afternoon, so the balminess of the island was wonderful, but if we'd had more days, I think we'd have been sorely tempted to take a trip before dusk in order to take in the sunset over the lake and the city, and to get some nighttime shots of the city skyline. Maybe next time.
My hot tip for this trip? Take a picnic and spend a couple of hours not doing much.
From journal Sleepless in Toronto