This past weekend I decided it was time to check out Toronto Island with the boat. I have been meaning to do this last year but always chickened out because of how far it was and how busy the inner harbor was. Well this year my girlfriend and I finally got over there and it was amazing. We had a great time exploring the island and it really felt like a mini exotic vacation.
The plan was to leave Friday after work and spend 2 nights at the Toronto Marina. I had booked us a slip ($50 a night) but just before we were to leave I decided to double check the engine alignment because of the vibrations I had noticed the last few times boating. I found that one of the engine mounts had cracked in half! So Friday night was canceled.. and I worked on replacing it with a spare I had found on board.
Saturday morning we were ready and we set off around noon. It took 3 hours of motoring/sailing from Port Credit to the island. Entering through the western gap and motoring by the Toronto waterfront was quite a thrill. It was pretty busy and I was on my toes to make sure I kept clear of the airport markers and any island ferry’s that constantly crossed the gap.
Once we found the marina, docking was pretty easy. I had phoned ahead and asked for an easy to get into slip which ended up being a really nice slip to hang out on. We met up with our friends that had already taken the ferry over earlier and were waiting by the beach. We spent the day enjoying the sun and in the evening we walked along the beaches on the west side of the island. We finally made it to the western edge of the island just at 10:30pm when the fireworks for the Festival of Fire were beginning. It was perfect timing and an awesome way to end the day. My friends caught the last ferry off the island shortly after as my girlfriend and I walked back to the boat.
We actually managed to find a geocache in the dark on the walk back. It was a great cache too as it was midnight and we were searching the old haunted lighthouse on the island. We ran into 2 guys that were ghost hunting around the lighthouse as well.
We woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning the next day and after cleaning up, we finally set off for our sail home. We did run into a bit of a storm just near Port Credit but we luckily didn’t get hit by lightning and it was sunny again when we finally docked.
We will definitely plan to do this trip again and will try to get a spot along the wall at Hanlan’s point instead of paying for an expensive Marina slip.