Taking the ferry to find Toronto’s waterfront
It is an unfortunate paradox – so hidden is the Toronto shoreline by condo and business towers – that the best way to see the city’s lakefront is to leave it, from the foot of Bay Street, and go out to Toronto Islands Park. Near the Harbour Castle hotel, one of the early offenders in the shoreline reclamation project, hop aboard one of three ferries – either to the residential Ward’s Island, Centre Island’s family amusement park or Hanlan’s Point, with its statue of a well-endowed Ned Hanlan which greets visitors disembarking the boats before they hike to the “clothing optional” beach. The islands are a deservedly valued part of Toronto. That said, however, with more prime lakefront locations being rehabilitated in the Port of Toronto area one can only hope that public recreational space, on the city side of the lake’s shoreline, will be high on the priority list.