7.16.2006

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One of the five Major Holidays of Kaminker-Wood-land is fast approaching. In keeping with an old theme of taking boat rides on July 20 - on the actual day, in 1985, we cruised around Manhattan - we are going out to the Islands.

I've got the ferry information, and read the basic info online. Beyond that, anything we should know? Hints, tricks, tips?

Please note, we're totally not going to the nude beach at Hanlan's Point. Everything about it is unappealing - the heat, the beach, the nudity. We're shade people. We go to the beach in November. And we prefer our nudity by special invitation only.

Other than that, fire away.

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15 comments:

James said...

The islands are great. Lori & I haven't been there this summer yet, which is unfortunate.

Here's a map.

I don't know how much you know about them, so I'm gonna ramble a bit.

Probably the best approach is to start with Centre Island. That puts you close to all the ammenities -- food, drinks, shade, etc.

From there, you can head up the main road, the "Avenue of the Islands", and there's a great long pier at the end from which you can look out over the lake. On the way there, you'll pass Centreville, a small amusement park with fast food, a few rides, and a petting zoo. Oh, and paddle-boats.

Up near the pier, you can rent quadricycles -- four-wheeled, roofed, pedal-powered carts. Available in two- and four-seaters, IIRC. I've never tried them myself.

You can also rent boats and paddle around the lagoons.

From the Avenue of the Islands, you can walk east, towards Ward's Island, where the Islands' permanent residents live (well, there and Algonquin Island). It's a nice hike and an interesting neighbourhood. There's a B&B out there, too.

If you head west, towards Hanlan's Point, you'll pass the old Island lighthouse on your right, and there's a beach on your left that you might be able to see Port Credit from. The Islands' school is out that way, too. The nude beach is separated from the trails by thick woods, so don't worry about that. :)

Lori & I like to bring our bikes. A full round trip (Centre to Ward to Hanlan to Centre) is about 10k.

James said...

Off topic:

The National Film Board of Canada puts 50 classic shorts online.

Be sure to check out The Big Snit, one of my favourite short animated films of all time.

L-girl said...

James, thanks for the island info. I know (knew) almost nothing about them, so it was very helpful.

The Big Snit? Sounds cool. I'll check out the site. Right now I'm at work and should probably be working...

James said...

James, thanks for the island info. I know (knew) almost nothing about them, so it was very helpful.

There are some things you absolutely have to know, if you don't know them yet:

* Hanlan's Point (where the Island airport is now) was the site of (one of?) Toronto's first baseball stadium(s), home of the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team.

* Hanlan's Points Stadium was, of course, the site of Babe Ruth's furst professional home run. The baseball is, by all reports, still on the bottom of Toronto Harbour.

The Big Snit? Sounds cool. I'll check out the site. Right now I'm at work and should probably be working...

Richard Condie, who made The Big Snit, is a Canadian Treasure. His student, Cordel Barker, is most famous for his brilliant The Cat Came Back short, which is also on the NFB site.

L-girl said...

Hanlan's Points Stadium was, of course, the site of Babe Ruth's furst professional home run. The baseball is, by all reports, still on the bottom of Toronto Harbour.

Of course we know this! It's in Allan's book. :)

I also knew that about the Maple Leafs baseball team. Good stuff.

Crabbi said...

Happy Anniversary, you two!

I'm with you on the shade/nudity. There's nothing better than a cool day at the beach, IMO, and while I'm all for freedom of expression, including nude beaches, it's nice that they're usually not right out in the open.

L-girl said...

Thank you, Crabbi!

I'm all for freedom of expression, including nude beaches, it's nice that they're usually not right out in the open.

Something else we agree on. :)

Genet said...

There's a cute resto called "The Rectory Cafe".

How was Soulpepper?

L-girl said...

How was Soulpepper?

Much better than I expected. Some of the productions have been marginal, but I liked this one quite a bit.

We went to Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar afterwards - again. A great place. You should get a commission.

Thanks for the additional island info. :)

David Cho said...

I gotta start posting those search strings as well. Some of those are just hillarious.

Lone Primate said...

The Big Snit? Sounds cool. I'll check out the site.

Whew, treasure. Must-sees: Blackfly, The Street, and The Sweater. The first is a musical romp about the building of a hydro dam in northern Ontario, the second the story of a young Jewish boy in Montreal awaiting the death of his grandmother (written by Mordecai Richler), and the last a highly wry tale by Roch Carrier about life and attitudes in a small Quebec village in the 1940s... in my opinion, one of the best Canadian short stories ever; it can be approached from any number of different points of view and is richly and enviably multi-layered.

Disappointed not to see in the list perennial favourite The Logdriver's Waltz and the Oscar-winning Special Delivery.

Scott M. said...

No logdriver's waltz? That's a crime!

Scott M. said...

Fortunately, it appears that YouTube has a version (not the one I remember, but a similar one):

http://www.youtube.com/v/2zAUbe_7fNA

James said...

Please note, we're totally not going to the nude beach at Hanlan's Point. Everything about it is unappealing - the heat, the beach, the nudity. We're shade people.

I've got a friend who keeps saying he wants to drag me out there to "show me off". But I burn like sodium in water...

L-girl said...

I've got a friend who keeps saying he wants to drag me out there to "show me off".

Still, it's flattering. :)