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6 Beautiful Islands in Ontario to explore this summer

Grab your sunscreen, pack your bags, and embark on an island-hopping adventure in Ontario that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
St. Joseph Island

Ontario is a treasure trove of stunning islands waiting to be explored this summer.

From the tranquil shores of Wolfe Island to the cultural richness of Manitoulin Island, and the hidden gem of Pelee Island to the vibrant Toronto Island Park, each destination offers its own unique charm and unforgettable experiences.

So grab your sunscreen, pack your bags, and embark on an island-hopping adventure in Ontario that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Wolfe Island, St. Lawrence River

Indulge in the allure of Wolfe Island, nestled in Southeast Ontario's Frontenac County, as you explore the largest gem among the renowned Thousand Islands dotting the St. Lawrence River. This idyllic island, where Lake Ontario merges with the St. Lawrence, offers a serene retreat with its secluded beaches, picturesque sand dunes, and scenic cycling routes.

Getting here: Reach Wolfe Island by hopping on a year-round ferry service from the Kingston Terminal at 295 Ontario Street, enjoying a tranquil 20-minute journey to the Dawson's Point dock (located just under five kilometres east of Marysville).

Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron

Embark on an adventure to Manitoulin Island, the world's largest freshwater island, situated at the top of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Traverse this remarkable island that holds lakes within lakes, while also honouring its heritage as the home of six Anishnaabeg First Nations, proudly showcasing the thriving Indigenous communities and culture of the region.

Getting here: Access the island either by crossing the Little Current Swing Bridge or by boarding the picturesque two-hour MS Chi–Cheemaun ferry, which carries passengers and vehicles between Tobermory and South Baymouth.

Pelee Island, Lake Erie

Uncover the extraordinary allure of Pelee Island, a hidden treasure nestled in the southernmost inhabited point of Canada. A leisurely 90-minute ferry ride transports you to the warm shores of this captivating destination, situated at the same latitude as renowned wine-making regions in Portugal, Spain, and France, promising a laid-back ambience. Discover the picturesque ruins of Vin Villa, Canada's first commercial estate winery established in 1866. Unwind in the outdoor wine garden at the Pelee Island Winery Pavilion, savouring scenic views of Lake Erie.

Getting here: Begin your journey by boarding the Pelee Island Ferry from either the Leamington or Kingsville docks.

Toronto Island Park, Lake Ontario

Escape to the breezy island vibes of Toronto Islands, where the city is just a short 15-minute ferry ride away from the downtown Harbourfront. This collection of 15 interconnected islands, linked by boardwalks, pathways, and bridges, offers the ideal summer day trip destination, completely free of cars.

Getting here: Conveniently access the islands by catching the frequent ferries from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to Centre Island, Hanlan's Point, and Ward's Island.

Grasshopper Island, Rice Lake

Embark on an unforgettable eco-escape to Grasshopper Island, one of Ontario's most unique getaways, nestled in the middle of Rice Lake. Experience an off-grid adventure on this private, 10-hectare car-free island, operated by Island Spirits, and revel in the serenity of nature.

Getting here: Captain TJ, with Island Spirits, will ferry you over to the island.

St. Joseph Island, Lake Huron


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Discover the wonders of St. Joseph Island, the second largest island on Lake Huron, located just off the shore of Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario. Cross the free bridge from the mainland and indulge in a weekend of water activities and outdoor adventures.

Getting here: Access the island by crossing the free bridge from the mainland.

Get ready to soak up the sun, bask in natural beauty, and create memories that will stay with you long after the summer fades away. Ontario's islands are calling, and it's time to answer.