We’re going to the Island! A trip to Centreville!

After a long day at Canada’s Wonderland the day before (Trip report ETA: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), I decided to put a pause on the back-to-back Wonderland trips and head downtown for a mind-clearing walk, which is what I tend to do in the off-season.

I wanted to check out the TTC streetcars that were now using pantographs instead of the pole. I also wanted to see Word on the Street, which is a festival for literacy with presentations by authors and lots of opportunities to pick up some books.

After quickly becoming uncomfortable at Word on the Street by realizing I probably should read more, I decided to take a ferry over to Centre Island. There was a line at the ticket booths so I pulled up the online ticket service, bought my ticket, and bypassed the regular line into the terminal, all within a minute. Technology!

The ferry at the time wasn’t too crowded so I was able to get a nice spot at the back of the ferry which gives a great view of the city as you float away.

The birds were greeting me upon arrival.

The whole laid-back vibe on the Islands is just so pleasant that I wish I had come here more often in the summer.

With the flooding that did a number on the Islands just before the summer, some parts look a bit off. The appropriately named Duck Pond at Centreville was still bustling with wildlife, though some of the small docks were damaged and inaccessible.

I was happy to see their new skyride open as it was under construction when I walked through Centreville last year. I wasn’t really following but, upon some light research, it appears that the old one was replaced after a child fell while boarding the old one and broke some bones.

It’s such a large piece of steel machinery that looks out of place, yet impressive at the same time.

It wasn’t too crowded but there was still a nice amount of people to make the place feel alive enough.

The Toronto Island Mine Coaster, which I still have not ridden, is a cute little coaster. It’s still fairly new as it opened in 2014.

One of my favorite parts of Centreville is the farm. Unfortunately, it remained closed for the season after the flooding.

I’m no photographer but the Islands would bring out the photographer in anyone with a camera here. It’s definitely a great place to experiment with angles.

After a little while of touring around Centreville, I decided to continue my walk elsewhere.

There were lots of people lining the beaches and out in the water. It was perfect weather for that.

After walking to Hanlan’s and back, it was time to go.

I should do this more often.

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Celebration Canada 150 Recap!

Wonderland did it big for Canada’s 150th!

The month of July was filled with so much Canadian-themed entertainment, you couldn’t help but clap your hands for the performers and athletes, tap your feet to the sound of live bands, and stuff your face with delicious Canadian food! With Celebration Canada 150 “over”, let’s take a look back at some of the FUN.

Canadian Eats

Every week, new food items were available in Celebration Plaza. It included delicious famous foods from across the country, such as lobster rolls (pictured), bison burgers, peameal bacon sandwiches, and poutines.

A meal wouldn’t be complete without some dessert! Look at how cute this house made apple pie is!

Live Music & Local Bands

Live bands were filling Celebration Plaza with wonderful music. Some familiar local bands were invited out, including the Rolling Stronz (pictured) and Stacey Renee (both made appearances during this year’s Brew & BBQ and other previous events).

The Great Canadian Fiddle show was, well, great!

This talented band went spreading around their music, occasionally spotted on International Street, in front of Wonderland Theater, and, of course, in Celebration Plaza.

Freestyle Ski Aerials

Athletes on skis, kayaks, and mini sleds sped down a 30′ ramp set up on Arthur’s Baye and performed tricks and flips for the audience.

Earth Rangers

OK, so this picture might seem more American than anything but the Earth Rangers were a hit with guests in Celebration Plaza!

Cirque Canadien

Cirque Canadien is my favourite show at the park this season. The combination of awesome acrobatics with the silly humour of the raccoons makes it a super fun show. Lucky for us, the show runs until Labour Day.

And that’s a wrap! Well, not really.

Even though July and half of the season is past us, there’s still plenty to look forward to with the rest of the season ahead.

Celebrating Canada Continues on!

As with Cirque Canadien, other shows like Starlight Northern Reflections and the Flying Frontenacs Dive Show (pictured) also run until Labour Day.

International Showplace is still rockin’!

There’s still new shows happening at International Showplace like Parkour Freestyle (runs until Aug 15) and the Chinese Acrobatic Show (Aug 17 – Sep 4).

Get ready to eat!

Don’t forget the food festivals! We’ve got Taste of Greece (Aug 19/20) and Taste of Italy (Aug 26/27), along with the Food Truck Festival (Sep 2/3) and Oktoberfest (Sep 16-24).

Look up at the fireworks!

After the Victoria Day fireworks show got cancelled due to poor weather conditions, they have scheduled a make-up performance for this long Civic Holiday weekend on Sunday, August 6. Can’t make it then? There’s another fireworks presentation for Labour Day on Sunday, September 3. They both begin at 10pm, weather permitting.