On Friday night, we disembarked the ferry (we seemed to be the only "non-islanders" on the boat) and followed Google Maps to the Airbnb we had booked, less than a 5 minute walk from the dock. Once we arrived at our cozy little cottage, we got settled in and unpacked, and set ourselves up for an evening of Netflix.
Saturday morning we woke up to the sound of birds chirping and bright sunshine. Luckily for us, it may have been mid-February but the weather all weekend was 10-12 C and sunny. Perfect weather for exploring the islands by foot.
Luke, of course, took advantage of this opportunity to throw rocks into the Lake, sometimes even trying to skip them. This is why Luke liked living in Newfoundland: so much water, and so many rocks to throw.
After all that walking, our next stop was the Rectory Cafe, the only restaurant open on the Toronto Islands in the winter, where we saw a few more human beings. Since we had to bring all of our food over with us on the ferry, we were counting on eating two lunches at the Rectory Cafe, and it did not disappoint. At lunch on Saturday we both opted for the Chorizo Hash. When it came time for dessert, we were both tempted but neither one of us could squeeze any more food in. So full.
Later in the afternoon, we went for another walk, this time along Bayview Avenue and then backtracked to explore more of Algonquin Island. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing at the cottage. When the sun goes down, the islands are quiet. And dark.
On Sunday morning, we had a slightly later start and stopped at the Rectory Cafe for lunch on our walk. We then continued on to Centre Island and the Pier. We noticed that there were more people exploring the islands on Sunday and at first, we weren't sure if there was some sort of event on. But there wasn't, just people out enjoying nature and sunshine on this long weekend!
We walked back via the boardwalk and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the cottage, except for the part where Elizabeth got some work done. We had a fancy dinner of beans on toast along with the bottle of red wine that our Airbnb host had left for us.
On Monday morning we were sad to leave but thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Toronto Islands. It was a mini escape, just what we needed.
Here are some more photos from our not-so-wintery winter weekend spent on the Toronto Islands: