One of the first trips we did as part of Auntie Camp back in 2009 was to the Toronto Islands, specifically Centre Island and Centreville. The Toronto Islands are a wonderful place for all ages, but kids love the entire experience.
The ferry ride, the wind in their hair, waving goodbye to the city while enjoying the view, so much fun is had and you’re not even at your destination now.
For that first trip of ours, it was a big moment for us. Of course we had already done things just the two of us, but this was one of our first days together for Auntie Camp. And oh what fun we had.
As we had started the day bright and early, we arrived at Centreville just as they were opening. With our all-day ride passes, we were set to try it all. And for a 7 year-old, the more it spun the better. Which is not always so good for the Auntie. But I was committed to the fun of Auntie Camp.
From the excitement of the antique ferris wheel, to the merry-go-round and the cars my niece could drive, all the rides were a laugh. But the most fun had to be the Log Flume Ride. Why you ask? As I had mentioned, we had got there early and had beat the rush of people that day. So with our all-day ride pass, we jumped right in a log, as there was no line. And up we went and down we came. What fun. But then the real fun began. With no one still in line, we asked, could we just go around again. The answer was sure. So there we went for a second time…then a third time…and a fourth. Heck, there might have even been a fifth time in there. With huge smiles on our faces it was time for us to get off, as there were others in line now.
Many more great rides followed that day including a first experience on a rollercoaster. It was small, but still a first step to becoming a lover of thrill rides.
No trip to Centreville is complete without a visit to the farm. Seeing, learning about and catching a whiff or two of the country, makes the little farm some much fun.
Taking a break from all the people and the rides is easy when you’re at a place like Centreville on Centre Island. You can easily just walk out of the park and enjoy all that the rest of the island, or any of the islands, have to offer.
With our snack in hand we left the park to explore the island a bit more. Walking over the bridge and passed the water fountains and ponds, brought back memories that I had forgotten from when I was a child. Out to the end of the pier we walked so that we could enjoy the breeze, the view and ask questions like: what’s over there Auntie? That would be America. What’s that? What’s this? What, who, when, how, where… So many questions, but all fun to answer and talk about.
With so much green space to enjoy on islands, it’s easy to find a spot to enjoy a picnic or just a rest.
After a break, it’s back for a few last rides at Centreville and then time to call it a day and start the trek home. This time it’s not just the ferry, but the subway and bus as well. Lucky enough to be dropped off in the morning, we had to make our own way home. But the subway is part of the fun when you’re 7 years-old and an Auntie.
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