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2006 03 28

Every year Toronto ferries carry 1.4 million passengers to and from the city centre to the Toronto Islands. The bulk of these trips take place in the summer as tourists and city dwellers make their way across the harbour to take in the island’s beaches, parks, and attractions. In the winter, ferry service operates under a much-reduced schedule designed to accommodate the ‘regulars’ – Island residents and school children traveling back and forth from city to the Waterfront Montessori Children’s Centre and the Toronto Island Nature and Public School. With the onset of warmer weather this will all change. Gradually at first, and then with increasing intensity as more people make their way to the Islands, in step with the rise in mercury levels. The ‘official’ start of this seasonal shift begins on April 14th when the Spring ferry service schedule comes into effect resulting in more trips, more destinations and the return of the very seasonal Centre Island run.

I have been to the Islands many times over the years during the summer for picnics and parties but it is only now, through the daily shuttling of my son to the 8:30 a.m. Ward’s Island Ferry, that I have been able to in some small measure, experience ferry service in much the same way the islanders do – as a lifeline.

All aboard!

[email this story] Posted by moimoi design on 03/28 at 01:16 AM

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