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A recreational wonderland that sits a mere 10-minute ferry ride away from Toronto Harbor, the Toronto Islands constitute a set of 15 small isles in the midst of Lake Ontario. The islands are connected to one another by pathways and bridges that can be traversed on foot. Sprawled across 820 acres (330 hectares) of the lake's expanse, the Toronto Islands are home to the Snake Island, the South Chippewa Island, Mugg's Island, and Forestry Island, with the Centre Island emerging as the biggest of the group. Away from the city's furious bustle, the islands offer a serene retreat with their car-free stretches, and are home to a plethora of landmarks including the Centreville Amusement Park, the clothing-optional Hanlan's Beach, a Frisbee golf course, and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
The High Park is an ancient beautiful natural preserve that offers a pond, wooded areas, trails, open picnic areas and numerous recreational facilities for the entire family. Baseball, swimming, skating, and tennis are just some of the activities that families or groups of friends can indulge in and bond over. You can also watch a play at the outdoor theatre during the annual Dream in High Park, tour the greenhouse, or visit the park's zoo. Each of the attractions has its own specific phone number and opening hours.
Shaped by the elements over the course of millenia, the Scarborough Bluffs rise from the shores of Lake Ontario in East Toronto. The sheer face of the escarpment is a defining feature of the waterfront, rising to a height of 90 meters (300 feet) above the shore. Several parks span the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) stretch of the Scarborough Bluffs as it traces the edge of the lake. While most of these are found perched atop its peaks, a few grant access to the narrow beach that lies at its base. The view from the top is notoriously astounding in beauty, although few can deny the striking quality of a more low-lying perspective with the barren rock face rising high above the tranquil water.
Toronto Heli Tours are helicopter services that provide one with stunning aerial tours of various landmarks and areas in and around Toronto. Their copters can seat three visitors at a time, and one can go for their general admission tours alone, in pairs or in threes. They also have bookings, where one can book a copter exclusively; ideal for a romantic date or special occasion. On the tour, one can see fly close to iconic Toronto skyscrapers, Lake Ontario, Humber Bay, as well as the parks nearby.
Located on the city landmark of Nathan Phillips Square, the Nathan Phillips Square Ice Skating rink makes for an excellent winter recreation activity for people of all ages. This rink is located outside the Sheraton Hotel, and is partly covered by a glass arch. Scores of people can be seen gliding along the ice at any given time of the day, with the rink being well maintained and cleaned from time to time. The on-site snack bar is a popular spot to grab a hot dog after a fun skating session. Please note the rink is only open in winter.