Centre Island Beach is near the old pier on the opposite side of the island from the ferry terminal. This area is also known as “Manitou Beach”. “Manitou” refers to the spirits of the Algonquin tribes who were the first people to enjoy the island. Centre Island Beach has very calm, shallow, and slightly warmer waters because of the rock breakwater built to provide a barrier from the open lake. The rock breakwater also makes it more difficult for clean water to sweep in and increases the chances for the Beach to be posted with warnings and closures for water quality. Centre Island Beach is an ideal place for children and adults to swim, relax, picnic and enjoy the scenery. Just a short walk from the café and the bar, Centre Island Beach is wonderful place to spend the day with friends and family. To get to Centre Island beach, take the Centre Island ferry from mainland Toronto. Walk by the amusement park and take the long open walkway across the island. Be aware that there may be long lineups for the ferry on hot summer days.
Find the ferry and plan your trip at http://www.torontoislandferryfinder.com
Centre Island is a Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.