Took the Long Way Home…

toronto island 006I don’t know the girl in this photo. It was very crowded on the ferry but I did think at the time that it would not hurt to have her in it. I missed the boat to Ward’s Island which is closer to Algonquin and so rather than sit for an hour (I didn’t bring a book) I took the one to Center Island with all the kids and parents going to enjoy the rides etc.

I don’t really like Center Island, it is over priced and crowded. Why not go to the C.N.E. if you want rides? This was last Friday so lots of people with kids were there. The islands are full of beautiful parks. I walked behind a pair of moms heading to the rides at Centerville who were constantly telling their kids “You’re going to LOVE the rides!” One little girl just wanted to run over to the swings. There are lots of free things to do on the islands with kids, plenty of playgrounds, wildlife to watch and sandy beaches to play on.
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It was a long walk. I wore my runners, and a special tenser bandage for support on my wonky knee. I did find the walk very long and difficult. Next time I will wait for the Ward’s Island ferry!  I wished I had my bike!  The owner of the B&B was able to show me the rooms I rented for my daughter’s wedding.  It is  only three blocks from the bed and breakfast to the venue and one of the loveliest walks you can find, with cute houses and narrow lanes; all tree lined with the lake and a view of the city at the end of each.toronto island 037 There are no cars on the island except for a few official park vehicles. It is a walker/biker paradise.
mapThis is a map I drew for the official wedding web page.  I know!  Remember when all you needed was big hair, a box of wine and a license to get married?

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The AIA building is the venue. There is a daycare and Montessori school there but on this particular day there were these guys who were doing repairs.  The gentleman on the right lives on the island and reassured me that my ninety year old mother would have no problem getting out at the dock for the venue. “She’s probably less than a hundred pounds so not too heavy to lift.  We lift my Gran up out of a boat here all the time!”  They were good sports.  I still am not very adept at using my phone camera and they were just about to walk off after I had tried several times to get their photo.  They were after all working!

The air show was on at the C.N.E. so I was in the perfect spot to watch some of it.  I sat on the dock and ate two delicious Ontario peaches I had brought with me and drank a bottle of water for lunch so the entire day just cost me no more than my transit fare.

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