Frequently Asked Questions
This is a collection of frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit to the islands.
Can I have my wedding pictures taken at the island?
Yes but you need a permit. You can obtain a permit from the City of Toronto.
Do I need a picnic permit? Where can I get one?
Picnic permit is only required for parties of 25 people or more. You can get a permit from the City of Toronto.
Are there lockers on the island?
Yes, there are several lockers located across the island near washrooms and changing rooms.
Can I bring my own BBQ?
Only if you have a permit for it. You can use BBQs located at picnic sites. Charcoal only.
Can I view fireworks from the island?
Absolutely - it's one of the best places to see the Victoria Day or Canada Day fireworks.
What is the best place to take a picture of the city?
It really repends on the kind of picture you want to take. For the skyline a good place is on Centre Island - get off the ferry and keep to your left (east) along the waterfront. Walk for about 3-4 minutes to get to an area where you can walk down to the water's edge for an unobstructed view of the city. Or you can take a picure from the back/front of a ferry :-) Try pictures after sunset too!
Are the ferries accessible by wheelchairs and strollers?
Yes, all ferries are wheelchair accessible. The island itself is almost completey barrier free.
How much is the ferry ticket and what's the schedule?
See the page about the Toronto Island ferry for details.
How do I get to the airport?
You can get to Billy Bishop airport by ferry (runs every 15 minutes) or as of late July 2015, an underwater tunnel. Tunnel is approximately a 5 minute walk, the ferry ride is 90 seconds.
Can I bring my bicycle on the ferry?
Yes you can. There is no extra charge for bikes. Bike rental is also available on the island.
How can I book a Tree tour?
You can sign up for a tree tour here.
Are dogs allowed on the island?
Yes but they must be on a leash. Fortunately for some, unfortunately for most :(