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I remember this being a lot cooler »

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I used to come here a lot as a child and even swam in Lake Ontario (probably why my growth is stunted... pollution joke thanks to US industries that dump waste in our Great Lake... you'll hear them a lot in these parts, though people will talk about third eyes or extra fingers).

But it's still a good time, especially when you bring a cooler of booze to discretely drink as you chase Canadian geese whilst avoiding their droppings. There are a few BBQ pits around, and bike rentals. And a clothing optional beach!

Some people have the misfortune of actually living here... Be glad you can take the ferry back to the mainland.

On Tue Jan 26, 2010 | Permalink

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As someone who went to Toronto on whim because of free promotional bus tickets, I knew nothing about the city like where to go, what to do, etcetera. But someone suggested I check out the car-free islands. Without automobiles, the islands assume a more human scale. There are no grotesque mansions or wide boulevards, only cottages and walking paths.

I brought my bike and explored. I found secret beaches, a lighthouse, and an abandoned swing set in an empty clearing, which also had a fire pit with a melted bicycle in it.

If you’re on a shoestring budget, the price of the ferry is a little steep. But then again, if you were on a shoestring budget, why would you be in a mediocre city like Toronto? Wouldn’t you rather go somewhere much cooler where it’s fun and easy to be a bum? Anyway, I felt like I got my money’s worth.

On Tue Sep 22, 2009 | Permalink

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These islands in Lake Ontario are only accessible by boat. Cars aren't allowed, so the residents have devised crazy carts and bicycle contraptions to haul supplies around the islands' miniature roads.

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