Friends of the Toronto Islands

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Centre Island Beach

The beach at Centre IslandCentre Island Beach, also known as Manitou Beach, is a short walk from the Centre Island ferry docks.  It's a relatively expansive beach with lots of people on nice summer days.  There are washrooms, changerooms and showers at the Centre Island pier right beside the beach.  There is also a pizza shop and licensed bar area.  The bicycle rental shop is located near the beach too.

The Centre Island Beach is ideal for children as there is a rock breakwater for safety.   The water is shallow inside the breakwater, it ensures that children aren't able to get out into the open lake, and the breakwater also keeps the water calm by blocking the waves.  It also helps to warm up the water which is good because Lake Ontario tends to be a bit chilly.

In spite of its proximity to Toronto Harbour, the beach generally has good water quality since it faces south and away from the mainland. Water quality is monitored regularly during the summer and meets a Blue Flag standard.  For more information on water quality check out the City of Toronto beach information website or call the Beach Water Quality hotline at 416-392-7161.