On Wednesday June 6 2012, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to rename the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
By TTC, you can easily walk to it from Union Station, or take either the 509 Streetcar from Union Station or the 510 Streetcar ride from Spadina Station. Currently with Union Station under massive renovation, the 509 may not be running from Union.
To save time on busy weekends, show up sometime during the week and purchase ferry tickets in advance. It can save you a LOT of time especially in the Summer.
You can take your bicycle across to the Islands, but at peak times, you may have to take either of the two lesser packed ferry route destinations ( Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point ) rather than the popular one to Centre Island that everyone wants to take. No big deal, you're on a bike, just ride the few extra minutes to where you really wanted to go to anyway once you're on the other side.
On August 22, 2013 an Interactive Public Art Installation, Jack's Got Your Back "Stronger Together" memorial was unveiled. It's a tandem bicycle with the late Jack Layton in the back seat, and people can sit in the front bicycle seat.
The overall Ferry System can transport 4,000 people per hour back and forth.
About 1,000,000 people travel on the Ferries each year.
Round trip Fares ( as of August 2013 )
Student and Senior
(under 19 with a student card and over 65)
|Junior (under 14)||$3.50|
|Infant (under 2)||Free|
|Adult Monthly Pass||$90.00|
|Senior/Student Monthly Pass||$67.00|
|Junior Monthly Pass||$46.00|
Toronto City Council Votes to rename Terminal - June 6 2012
Jack Layton Island Ferry Terminal - June 6 2012
Toronto Islands - Ferry Schedules & Fares - City of Toronto Website