Toronto Islands – Park Trail Toronto Islands, ON, Canada
Posted on March 15, 2018
Toronto Islands – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : Cruising
Total Trail Km : 15
Park Path % : 30
Road % : 70
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : sandy spots, paved, crushed gravel, flat sections
Faclities : food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, change rooms, lodging, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, bike rentals
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 15 km

5.5 km from end to end
30% park path
70% paved road

Elevation – flat and flat again

Terrain – wide asphalt roads with a few local service vehicles, patches of gravel and sand

Skill –  easy cruise if not windy

Facilities – public washrooms, a few restaurants, bike rental, picnic areas, swimming

Highlights – city skyline, small amusement park, lighthouse, old cottages, yacht clubs, 4 beaches, Hanlan’s Beach (a nude beach),

Maps – a few sign posts and maps on island

Trail Fee – free with  cost of ferry – schedule

Phones – 311

Website – City of Toronto

Similar Trails – Harbourfront, Ajax, Hamilton Beach

Local ClubsTBN – Toronto Bicycle Network

Access – ride from the any of three island ferry docks, it’s all good

On busy long weekends bringing a bike on the ferry is allowed but certainly going to be a gauntlet with the crowds to get it over. Better to go on a weekday in the summer.

And there have been years with high spring water levels on Lake Ontario. This can limit access on the island, since it  just was originally a large sandbar.

A bit of country in the city. With a very enjoyable ferry ride to get to the Toronto Islands, you can experience some fresh air and open space on a flat trail system.

This favourite bicycle route is a joy to ride and a great day trip. Traffic is light, with a few service vehicles and other bikes, walkers and seagulls.

Pick a fair weather day as the temperature is always cooler than in the city and it can be windy.

Most of the trail is asphalt but there are a few side trails that take you onto crusted stone and a wooden boardwalk. From one end of the island to the other is about 5.5km, and with lots of side trails you can triple that distance.

There are three ferry routes to the island and taking any of them will be a great start to your island adventure. If you only want to cycle half the island I recommend Ward Isld. east half with the old homes and gardens and kids’ amusement park.

The west side of the islands has a few marinas, parkland and the airport. Perhaps a bit less appealing, but more tranquil. Here you will find the longest beach, Hanlan’s Point.

The Islands have a long history, having formed from the sands of the Scarborough Bluffs. First a shifting peninsula and after many storms island(s) were made.

Gibraltar Point lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes (circa 1808, and haunted too!)

Bikes can be rented on the island by the pier on the far south side and not by the island docks which is odd. And rental bikes by the ferry dock on the mainland.

A wonderful outing for tourist and locals to get away, with easy bicycle cruising and many spots to stop for a Toronto skyline photo.

Toronto Island bike paths map

Toronto Island bike paths map


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