Since the La Sardina Camera arrived we here at the LGS Toronto could not hold back our excitement to get out and start shooting. What better testing ground we though than the Toronto Islands! Meet some of the team and check out this not so hidden gem Torontonians flock to when the heat in the city gets too much to handle (and yes it does get hot in Canada).
The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands in the city of Toronto, Canada. They are located in Lake Ontario just offshore from the city centre. After a quick 15 minute fairy ride from Queens Quay and Bay we had already landed on Wards Island which is one of several comprising the largest urban car-free community in North America, though some service vehicles are permitted. Recreational bicyclists are accommodated on the ferries, and bicycles, quadracycles, and canoes can be rented on the islands as well.
First things first we stopped to enjoy a surprisingly fantastic cappuccino the Island Caffe early in the morning and watched the Islanders wake up in their little paradise, playing tennis and enjoying the morning. Then we took a leisurely walk through homes that look more like little cottages belonging people lucky enough to live there.
At one time due to the high cost of running city cervices such as a firefighter department and year around fairy service, the Islanders were at rick of being forced to leave. After much strife however, a community of 262 homes still remains on the Toronto Islands. They are concentrated at the eastern end of the island chain on Ward’s Island and Algonquin Island. Under the terms of the Toronto Islands Residential Community Stewardship Act there are strict rules under provincial law governing the buying and selling of these homes. There is also one school, two daycares, and one church on the islands.
Today the islands are a popular recreational destination, with clean beached, children’s rids and beautifully maintained gardens. A must see if you’re ever in the city!