Whether it is rest and relaxation or a wide array of recreational
activities you are seeking between all of those symposia, lectures, and
courses you'll be attending at APA's 2006 annual meeting, plan some time to
follow Toronto's city dwellers across the inner harbor to Toronto Island
A short ferry ride across the harbor from the mainland Ferry Terminal
(located at the base of Yonge Street at Queen's Quay), Toronto Island Park
actually consists of several islands home to just about every outdoor
recreational activity imaginable. Ferries depart every 15 minutes from the
docks to three points on Toronto Island Park.
Whether you're looking for golfing, boating, yachting, swimming,
volleyball, tennis, softball, or something more sedate such as a bicycle ride
or leisurely walk, you'll find it all at Toronto Island Park. Indeed, if you
just want to relax on the beach, Toronto Island Park has you covered—or
uncovered, as it were—yes, clothing is optional at Hanlan's Point
Toronto Island Park offers many peaceful places to enjoy the great
Photo: Tourism Toronto
History buffs will delight in Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Built in 1809,
the lighthouse is the oldest landmark in Toronto. With walls nearly six feet
thick at the base, the structure stands over 63 feet tall. Today many believe
the structure is haunted by the ghost of the first lightkeeper, who is said to
have met an untimely and suspicious death.
Children and kids at heart alike will find great pleasure at Centreville
Amusement Park, which has more than 30 rides and 14 food outlets on the park's
600 acres. The park's carousel is an original Dentzell (circa 1905) and is the
only operating Dentzell carousel in Canada. Centreville boasts a flume ride,
antique cars, train and pony rides, and an antique windmill Ferris wheel.
Centerville will be open May 20 to 23 daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Youngsters will also be fascinated by Franklin Children's Garden, inspired
by the character Franklin the Turtle in the Paulette Bourgeois series of
children's books. The garden is a great place to play and to learn. In
addition, storytelling abounds, with some of Canada's best children's
The islands were originally a peninsula formed by a series of continuously
moving sandbars. By the early 1800s Lake Ontario's currents had extended the
bars some nine kilometers (about five and a half miles), forming a natural
harbor between the lake and the mainland. In 1858, however, a fierce storm
permanently separated the peninsula from the mainland.
First surveyed by the British Navy in 1792, Europeans established permanent
settlements beginning in the 1830s. By the 1920s Toronto's wealthier citizens
were retreating to the islands each summer, and soon crowds were attending
baseball games at an island stadium (where Babe Ruth hit his first
professional home run—a statue and plaque still mark the spot) and
spending the weekends at the amusement park. With the advent of World War II
the stadium and original amusement park were demolished to make way for
Toronto Island Airport, where the Royal Norwegian Air Force once trained.
Of the nine actual islands, two—Wards (the largest) and
Algonquin—are the only ones today with full-time permanent residents.
Beautiful Victorian summerhouses, built by some of Toronto's wealthiest
families, still line Lake Shore Avenue along with St. Andrew-by-the-Lake
More information on Toronto Island Park is posted at<www.toronto.ca/parks/island/index.htm>