My city has a wonderful little neighbourhood that’s precious to the people who live there, but carries a bohemian mystique for those who don’t. I finally ventured into the heart of this treasure for the first time.
Sitting in Toronto Harbour, with a gorgeous view of the city skyline, is a cluster of islands known simply as the Toronto Islands.
Tucked away on the far east end of this archipelago is Ward’s and Algonquin Islands (which I will call The Island) – certainly the most unique neighbourhood I’ve seen in Toronto.
The history of this residential area is long and rather convoluted. My description of it here is superficial at best.
From the late 1800s to the mid 1950s, the Toronto Islands was a thriving summer resort area. Hotels, hundreds of cottages, and numerous amenities lined the islands from east to west on lots created and leased by the city.
View of the Toronto skyline from Ward’s Island
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