The Toronto Parks Commission manages the islands that make up Toronto Island, including operating the ferries. Most of the the islands are very park like with the exception of the communities on Algonquin and Ward Islands. These are more like gardens - varying degrees of care, but all lush and green. The climate is obviously just slightly milder compared to the mainland as several plants can be found here that would not survive even a few kilometres away from the lake.
There are several bed and breakfast lodgings on Toronto Island, and I've stayed at two of them. The Boathouse on Ward's Island was absolutely perfect. It's a small suite with a kitchenette and washing machine. Brand spanking new with first class finishes.
Like most of the homes on the Island, it has its own charm and beautiful garden.
I am pretty good at tree identification - especially when the leaves are on. There was a new one for me though at the Island Cafe - A Dog Tie Tree. I would have thought it a fruit tree, but for the sign.
A good restaurant is largely about the vibe. The Island Cafe is a case study in that regard. It personifies the island community - very friendly and eclectic. Great fun always. I went all crazy and had cafe latte every morning. Normally too much for my mild metabolism, but it would take much more than a shot of caffeine to rattle me when on the Islands.
Oh, and then there is the Ontario Raspberry Tart! How did I ever find the strength to leave?
I spent several days on Toronto Island last week. One afternoon waiting to get on the Ward Island Ferry I took a few minutes to do a little sketch. Its amazing what you can do with a fat pen and time constraint. I decided the story was the rhythm of the kayaks pulled up on the beach and didn't fuss with any detail.