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Island Hopping in Toronto

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Since we'd both been to to Toronto previously, we'd seen most of the sights, including going up the CN Tower. Mere days ago, however, a new attraction was opened at the tower - EdgeWalk. You can now walk around the edge of the roof, outside, then lean over the edge - backwards - supported only by a harness. The cost? $175 per person. Needless to say we passed on the opportunity, but did get to see some brave souls making their way around.

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Instead, our destination for the day was Toronto Islands - just $6.50 for a return trip on the ferry. It's only a short journey, but once there you feel a million miles away from the city, due in no small part to the fact that no motorised vehicles are allowed. Facing north you can admire the skyline.

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On the south of the island are long beaches that look out over Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes, which is nearly as big as Wales. It's like looking out to sea.

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The island is not just a tourist destination, however. There are many houses on Ward's Island that are lived in year round.

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Idyllic, but shopping must be difficult. As we waited to get on the ferry back to the mainland several people disembarked pushing shopping trolleys filled with supplies.

Posted by shoestring 19:48 Archived in Canada Tagged sea islands tower beach lake toronto ontario canada ferry

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