Ever since the first time my mother brought me to Centre Island, I fell in love. Not necessarily with the island, but with the ferry ride over there. You see, to get to Centre Island, or Centre-ville, you have to get yourself down-town Toronto to the Ferry, pay your entrance fee then board a small boat across to the island. The ride over, though sometimes crowded if you go after school when all the kids are out of school, is very enjoyable. There is a certain kind of peace that comes with the mild air blowing over my skin and through my hair while I stare out at the rippling waves of the lake, wondering just how deep it really goes down. Then, lifting your eyes to see Toronto like you’ve never seen it before, just a landscape of tall buildings. The Skydome (Roger’s Centre) sitting beside the CN Tower and you think, THIS IS TORONTO!
I like going to the islands on my day off in the middle of the day when all the kids are in school.
But I digress. Don’t get over to the island much lately because of adulthood and work and school and rushing but a few days ago I woke up one morning wanting to go out and experience something. My friend was talking about some Lighthouse and I figured I should look it up. The story behind the Lighthouse intrigued me, being an author and all – it had something to do with a ghost that haunts the place but beyond that I LOVE history. You can read the history here.
After spending the night before staying up until the wee hours of the morning writing on a novel (the deadline is a week) I finally hauled myself out of bed without a giant tug of war which my bed lost, and took a shower. I dressed, called the TTC to find out how to get down to the ferry and grabbing a bottle of water, my camera, a notepad, pens and my wallet and cell, I was off. I didn’t know why I brought my cell phone because after getting out of the subway I turned it onto silent and chucked it into my bag. The thing is I am not joined to the hip with my phone as many others are. I can leave it at home the whole day without going through withdrawals. The train ride down wasn’t a busy one or a crazy one because it was right after rush hour. I’m going to say this though, leave a whole day for this adventure if you chose to do it. It takes time to get from where you are especially in the down-town core and if you miss a ferry, depending on the time you go, you probably have to way anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour for the boat to come back to take you to the island.
Anyways, here are some pictures I took on my trip for the day.
Take note, if you go to Hanlan’s Point during the ‘off season’ you will have to get off with everyone then walk over land, about 2KM to the lighthouse. It’s a long way if you walk but it’s so worth it. I had to walk all the way there so I used that walk there and back to the ferry as my workout for the day. Bring lots of water and I went by myself but if you’re that kind of person, bring someone with it. It’s a marvellous experience.