Gord and I decided to go snowshoeing on the Toronto Islands this afternoon.
To get there, you have to take a ferry to Wards Island (the eastern end of Centre Island). During the summer, the ferry goes to three points (Wards Island, Centre Island and Hanlan's Point) ... in the winter, it just goes to Wards Island. Here's comes the ferry!
Much of the harbour is frozen and the ferry has to plow through the ice. You can hear the ice being crushed and even feel a jolt at times. Lots of fun!
Here are me and Gord on the ferry ... it was cold and windy on the water.
Here's the path of where we'd come.
We're heading into the ferry dock on Wards Island.
We've arrived on Wards Island.
There are about 260 homes on the eastern end of Wards Island.
This looking across the harbour at downtown Toronto.
Some kids were playing hockey on one of the lagoons.
We walked along the wooden boardwalk on the south end of the island for a while. The waves were awesome!
The boardwalk ended and the snow got deeper so we put our snowshoes on and continued to follow the water.
We are getting closer to the pier.
Here's Gord showing where we were just before we got to the pier ... we had started on the left hand side (the furthest ferry on the left).
We took our snowshoes off when we got to the pier and hung out there for a while. It was windy and cold ... invigorating!
No one is swimming there today!
And then we headed back.
We walked back along the road and then hooked onto the boardwalk.
We stopped at the Rectory Café, which is about five minutes from the ferry.
We had a glass of wine and split a delicious Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich (Roasted Chicken with Garlic Aioli, Bacon, Romaine & Tomatoes on Toasted Multigrain) and mixed greens salad.
The Rectory Café has an awesome patio ... we'll be back to check it out when it's patio weather!
Time to head back home. This picture was taken on the ferry as we were heading back to the city ... keep in mind that the ferry had just gone through here about 10 minutes earlier and it was freezing up already!
We walked/snowshoed/walked about 5km ... a very fun way to spend the afternoon!