Information about Toronto Island, ferry schedule, map, park, attractions & more.

Toronto island ferry information

You must take a ferry to get to the Island. It is possible to take a private water taxi or a tender but the vast majority of people will use the ferry service operated by the City of Toronto.

The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (the ferry docks) is located between Bay Street and Yonge Street on Queens Quay. See map here. Ferry tickets can be purchased on the city side at the terminal or bought online.

Ferry boats go to three different Islands: Centre, Hanlan's and Ward's Island. The islands are all connected, so you can walk from one to another. The main attractions and majority of childrens' activities are on Centre Island.

Ticket price includes your return trip - you don't need to show tickets on the way back.

Ferry schedule

Here's an easy way to remember the schedule to Centre Island: If you're going between May and September - as most people do - and you aren't in a big rush and you're not an early bird or a night owl, then just show up at the ferry terminal and there will be a ferry leaving soon. Just as you don't check the rush hour subway schedule, there is no need to obsess about the peak season ferry schedule either.

To help plan your trip here's a list of 2018 holidays in Canada.

If you want more details, take a look at the simplified schedule below:

Summer service May 19 - Sep 4, 2017
Centre Island: 8:00am - 11:15pm (frequent service between 9:15am and 10pm)
Ward's Island: 6:35am - 11:15pm
Hanlan's Point: 9:00am - 10:00pm

Spring and fall service until May 18 / after Sep 4 Boats run less frequently during this season. Longer wait times between boats.
Centre Island: 9:00am - 10:30pm
Ward's Island: 6:35am - 11:15pm
Hanlan's Point: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Winter service is to Ward's Island only starting 6:35am until 11pm. Check the ferry schedule online as boats do not run frequently during the winter. Note that other than the washrooms and The Rectory Cafe which keeps highly reduced winter hours, nothing else is open on the Island during the winter.

For even more detailed schedules visit this page.

Toronto island ferry

Pricing - including return ticket

$7.71 for adults, $5.05 for students and seniors, $3.72 under 14, free under 2. Monthly passes available. These prices do not include tax. Tickets are available for purchase online. When you get to the docks, look for a special line for people with pre-purchased tickets.

Call 416-392-8193 for more information.

Ferry terminal - city side

There is a bike share (formerly Bixi) rack by the terminal so if you want a ride around the island and the bicycle rental isn't open or you have a bike share pass and don't want to pay extra you can pick up a bike from the rack and return it on your way back. There are washrooms by the waiting area as well as payphones and a ticket vending machine (that doesn't always work). There is also an indoors waiting area with a snack bar (though it's not always open). You can find a map of the island inside the waiting area next to the washrooms.

For your consideration

Not counting mid-summer heat waves, it can be surprisingly cold on the ferry so you may want to stay on the lower deck or bring a sweater.

A few rules to keep in mind: No bikes on the upper deck. Wait for people to unload first. Watch for kids. Don't hold your kids on your shoulders by the railing on the ferry's upper deck. Dogs on leash are OK. Extra wide triple strollers are also allowed but you won't be popular during peak hours.

The ferry will wait for everyone to board so no need to elbow people out of your way - though the odd time on a busy weekend or special event you might have to wait for the next boat if you're at the end of a very crowded line. You won't get seasick on the ferry - the trip is only 10-15 minutes to any of the three islands. There are washrooms on the lower level. Great photo of city skyline and waterfront on upper deck.