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Toronto — By Jane Apor on June 10, 2010 at 11:09 am
Filed under: architecture, island, tour

Island Hopping: Toronto Island House & History Tour

As a child I always thought that the Toronto Island was a place that you took a ferry to for the day – had a picnic, maybe go on a pony ride, play in the park – and then take the ferry home.  However, for  650 people, the island is home!

The Toronto Island found its roots as a “tent city” in the early 1900’s, but now it has 262 real homes on it.  Many of the original homes were purchased from a catalogue, others were floated in. The island still has no cars, stores or banks on it and is a unique part of Toronto’s urban landscape.

On June 13th, The Toronto Island Grannies in Spirit, will host a tour of Island homes and community buildings.  Ranging from historic to new, renovated to restored, each home has a unique story.  Participants may even meet local residents who will speak first hand about the ins and outs of Island living just 15 minutes by ferry from downtown Toronto.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation that helps to support Grandmothers in Africa caring for their orphaned grandchildren.

Date: Sunday June 13, 2010

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission: $40 ($15 for children under 13 yrs).  Tickets available for purchase online.

Location: Wards Island, take Island Ferry Service to Wards Island (map)

Photo Credit: toronto.ca website

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