You would be living in a small community of around 600 residents surrounded by large areas of parkland, beaches, and wilderness all the while living right across the harbour from a large city.
There is only one way to get to and from the island - by boat. The hourly ferry is the main means of transportation for the islanders to get to the city for work or shopping.
Cars are not allowed on the island so you rely on your bicycle and a cart to move goods around.
There are no roads only pathways with houses along either side.
There are no shops on the island so planning ahead is crucial. There is one restaurant, one church, and one school. Life is quiet here.
Although we refer to it as Toronto Island, they are in fact a series of islands linked together by bridges. The islands were originally a peninsula that became separate from the mainland in a huge storm in 1858. When the City of Toronto acquired the islands in 1867, an amusement park and summer cottages were built on it. During World War Two there was a housing crisis in Toronto so some of the cottages were winterized and people began living on the islands year round. After the war was over the city wanted to demolish all the cottages and turn the islands into parkland. The ensuing dispute between the city and the residents was finally settled in 1994 when the province signed 99-year leases with the Toronto Island residents.
There are only about 300 houses left on the island (down from a peak of 630 homes in the 1950s). I took pictures of approximately 295 of them. Lets have a look.
While we saw a few modern houses,
most were wooden clapboard cottages.
They were painted a variety of colour combinations with no two the same.
and flower boxes on windows.
There were artistic decorative touches on many of the homes.
to somewhat larger homes although none were huge.
It is amazing to think that this scene
is across the pathway from this scene.
Would island life agree with you?