we had such a great day yesterday!
as mentioned, it was baby c’s 2nd birthday…
we caught the 9:30 a.m. ferry from queen’s quay:
the first time i visited toronto island was only two years ago (birthday girl c was only a couple weeks old, on that visit), and i fell in love with the island within about four minutes. i hope the fact that we’ve gathered here in august two years in a row, now, means this is an annual tradition!
what’s a birthday party without face painting?!
aunti missed her turn!!
our spot in the park was ideal: right across from a beach section, right beside a splash pad, and right in the middle of green space shaded by tall trees. the kids had a blast going here, there, everywhere!
we all shared in a noon-time potluck:
now, what are the chances: there were eight children in attendance…and all eight were girls!
it was just a super fun summer/birthday outing. the weather co-operated – more importantly, the children all co-operated! – and a grand time was enjoyed by all.
[graduation announcement: forthwith, baby c will be known as “cutie c” while little e is now “adorable e.” the little ones are growing up! these nicknames should hold for the next couple years!].
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if you’ve never been to toronto island, or if you ever find yourself as a tourist in toronto, i highly recommend putting a visit to this gem-of-a-place on your agenda.
you catch the ferry at queen’s quay in downtown toronto, between yonge and bay streets. you can ferry over to one of three spots:
- hanlon’s point: secluded, peaceful, lots of greenery…also home to a nude beach!
- centreville: attractions, rides, water fountains…lots of activity and hubbub
- ward’s island: quaint and cute cottages, some of which date back to the early 1900’s
the island is 5 km long, end to end – easily walkable. or, visit just one part – your choice, as time and energy permit.
after the party concluded (with little ones, by early afternoon, our festivities had wrapped up), we walked over to the ward’s island section of the island in order to catch the return ferry:
check out these hilarious bicycles you can rent!
we just missed the 1:45 p.m. ferry by about 30 seconds. must have been meant to be – now we had a chance to go cottage-gazing!
what a great day. time with family and friends, outdoors, at such a happy spot. can we have my birthday party here? oops – that won’t work! i doubt the island is much fun in january!
favourite toronto tourist attractions? i’d put the cn tower on the list – that’s a given!
any family birthday traditions? getting together is the very best part, regardless of location.
31 FLAVOURS OF AUGUST
treat: chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing from desmond & beatrice bakeshop at cutie c‘s bday party
price: party favour!
rating: *** (three stars)
tasting notes: this is not your average *store-bought* cuppie-cake! talk about amazing: the cake was dense and rich, but the icing was far and away my favourite part: a delectable buttercream that generously adorned the cake. impressive! and i was not the only one loved the petit gâteaux…