The Toronto Islands have a small handful of eateries. Selection and variety are limited, as most of the restaurants do not operate year round, full-time, and are open only seasonally. Be sure to check the websites of each restaurant for operating hours before you visit. Here you can find a map and information about all the restaurants on the island.
The popular sandwich chain has three outlets on the Toronto Islands — one at the Centre Island Ferry Dock, one at the Centreville amusement park, and one near the pier (exact address is unlisted).
Located on Ward’s Island just a few steps from the ferry dock, the Island Cafe offers coffee, brunch, lunch, and dinner. They also do take out and have an ice cream bar, along with a licensed patio.
Centre Island Food & Drink
Pizza Pizza was founded in 1967 and has over 500 locations across Canada (most in Ontario), with there being two separate outlets on the Toronto Islands.
Picnics & BBQs
Centre Island, Olympic Island, and Hanlan’s Point each have large grassy fields that are ideal for picnics and BBQs.
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You can picnic on the island wherever you like, but gatherings of 25 or more people (200 max) require a permit from the City of Toronto (at a cost of $88.42 in 2018). Alcohol may not be consumed anywhere on the Toronto Islands except in licensed establishments. Toronto bylaw enforcement officers regularly patrol the island looking for violations. Additionally, picnic permits have additional restrictions:
- No amplified music or microphones (so don’t bring your Bluetooth speakers)
- Sales of food, items, goods, services, or fundraising are forbidden (there’s a separate permit process for that)
- Permits are not issued for beach areas
- No balloons, decorations, banners, signs, inflatable games, generators, tents, or tarps (so no birthday parties)
Permanently fixed charcoal BBQs are available in a few places across the island, although you’ll have to bring your own charcoal or briquettes. Use of propane and other fuels are strictly prohibited in permanently fixed BBQs.