A couple of weeks ago I wrote about attending our friends’ wedding on Algonquin Island, which is part of the small group of Toronto Islands.
We had a little bit of time before the ceremony began, so we decided to take a little walk around the island.
The first thing you notice is that there are no cars. The group of islands are the largest urban car free community in North America, with the exception of service vehicles. People get around the islands using ferries, boats, canoes and bikes.
Aside from the lack of traffic (a welcome relief), what really caught my eye were all the amazing little houses.
Many years ago the island homes were used as cottages, but with one school, two daycares and a church now, there are people who live on the islands year round.
They have still managed to keep all the cottage charm that you would expect from an island community.
Everywhere you turn, there were lovely little details, like a hammock between two trees.
Beautiful, lush gardens (with indigenous flowers that we coincidentally used in the centerpieces!)
There is a calm little harbour for people to park the boats they use to get to and from the mainland.
I hope we can go back across to the Toronto Islands again soon, but this time we will bring our bikes for some more exploring!