Who should take the tour?
Local Torontonians as well as tourists enjoy seeing the community and learning about Island life. People come by themselves, with friends, family, co-workers and in organized groups.
Tours for 1 to 10 people are offered on Tuesdays in June and Wednesdays in July, August and September. You can book through this website. Cost is $25 per person.
Group tours are offered throughout the week during June, July, August and September. Reduced rates apply for groups. Contact us directly to discuss details for your group tour.
We like to keep group size to 20 or so to retain a personalized feel and allow for questions and discussion.
What's the tour like?
The tour is relaxing and walking is at a leisurely pace. There’s plenty of time to take photos, ask questions and discuss island-related issues. The Island is flat and easy to navigate. Fun and informative.
Bring water and sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes.
Where do we meet for the tour?
Meet Linda and Susan at the white gazebo at the Ward's Island ferry dock when you get off the boat at Ward’s Island.
Catch the boat to Ward’s Island from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in downtown Toronto. Make sure you take the boat to Ward’s Island (there are ferries going to other islands).
Where do we catch the ferry?
Take the ferry to Ward's Island from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay Street at Queen's Quay in downtown Toronto. The terminal is easy to get to on public transit.
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the docks
when do the ferry boats go to the island?
can we buy advance tickets online?
can you take bikes on the ferry?
You can take your bike on the ferry to the Island. Lock it up before the tour begins at the Ward's Island ferry dock.
are the docks accessible by public transit?
is there parking near the docks?
There are some parking lots near the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, but they are limited. If you drive, give yourself time to find the lots and walk to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
is there anywhere to eat before or after the tour?
There are two great places to eat on Ward’s Island. Taking a tour and having a bite to eat or a drink afterwards makes for a great day on the Island.
The Island Cafe is located just steps from the ferry dock, and is the perfect spot for a coffee, brunch, lunch, a home baked treat or a sunset dinner. The counter service offers take out and has an ice cream bar. The garden patio is fully licensed.
The Riviera Ward’s Island Kitchen is a casual dining restaurant and bar. It has indoor seating for 60-70 as well as front and back patios. The back patio overlooks Lake Ontario.
There is a snack bar in the city side ferry terminal available while you're waiting to board the ferry. Hours vary.