A straggle of a peninsula until an 1858 storm swept away the sandy link to the city, Toronto’s beloved islands have been popular with the locals since the early 1800s. Ferries beetle across the few hundred feet from Queen’s Quay to three island destinations—each with their own distinct appeal. Centre Island ferries are the busiest and most frequent as families flock to the sandy beach, the lovely, old kids’ amusement park, petting zoo, quadbike rentals, and ice cream and pizza parlors. To the east, Ward’s Island, home to a year-round residential population, is quieter and is ideal for a stroll, coffee or meal on the patio at the island’s one restaurant, the Rectory Café. Ward’s Island was once a bustling resort with a three-story hotel and baths. Hanlan’s Point, to the west of Centre, once had cottages, three hotels, an amusement park and the 10,000-seater baseball stadium where Babe Ruth hit his first pro home run. Today, Hanlan’s offers easy walking trails, softball diamonds, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a historic lighthouse, and the city’s only clothing-optional beach.
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