Monday, August 10, 2015

On Ward's Island

August 10, 2015

Today was my second day off for our time here. Courtney, Becky, Garrett, and I went to Ward’s Island. Ward’s Island is an island off of Canada’s mainland right off of downtown, on Lake Ontario. We took a subway to the streetcar and the streetcar to the ferry. All in all it took about 20 minutes to get to the ferry and the ferry ride was no more than 10 minutes. It was quick and easy and the ride over to the island was a gorgeous view of the skyline of downtown Toronto.

            Once we get over to the island we headed straight back and decided we wanted to “get lost”. As soon as we got a few yards off the ferry, we found the beach and were ecstatic.  The only downfall to today was the weather. There was an overcast, which we all decided we would rather have than it is very sunny. But being on a beach on an island during an overcast day was a little chilly (especially the ferry ride over). We played on the beach and took a lot of pictures. We all tried to skip rocks and see who could go the farthest.

            The island was very quaint and quiet. There were not many people and very few kids. It was very nice to get a day of just pure relaxation.

            After the beach we headed to the only restaurant on the island called Island Café. It was a cute little outdoor restaurant right on the water. We all ordered burgers. The food was AMAZING. We spent some time talking to the locals and enjoying the beauty of the island. When we were almost done with lunch, it started to rain. Luckily the ferry was going to pick us up in 20 minutes so we were able to leave before we got too wet.

            We decided that our trip to the island was the best part of the trip thus far. It was so nice to get away from the city for a few hours and enjoy the city from the relaxing island.

--Aubrey Moore

Riding Toronto's streetcar

Mr. Nugent, Ms. Moore, Ms. Kent, Mrs. Gibb, and Mr. King meeting Pachi, the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Para Pan American Games mascot

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