Notice: COVID-19

  • ferries will operate at 50% maximum capacity.
  • Ferry passengers are required to wear face coverings at all times to protect themselves and others.
  • As per Toronto Public Health and Transport Canada guidelines, face coverings are recommended where minimum 2 meters physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Visitors must buy tickets online in advance. Tickets are limited to 5,000 per day.
    • Tickets can be purchased at the terminal for people with no access to the internet or phone. 
  • There are new Federal regulations also limit the number of people who can board a ferry in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • To reduce crowding, visitors are encouraged to travel outside of peak times.
    • The busiest time to the Island is between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm for the return trip. Visitors should try to plan their ferry trip outside of these times.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will be undertaken on the vessels after every trip.
  • Washrooms on the ferries will be closed, hand sanitizer dispensers will be available. Washrooms at the terminal and at Toronto Island Park will be open.
  • Prior to using the ferry, every visitor must do the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19 and if they do not pass the assessment, they should not board the ferry.

Online ferry ticketing
Toronto Island Ferry tickets can now be purchased in advance online in just a few easy steps. All you need is an email address, your credit card, and a printer or a mobile device with your email (Tickets can be displayed on a mobile device, it is not necessary to have your tickets printed). Online Toronto Island Ferry tickets are convenient, flexible and secure:

Ferry fees and schedules: please visit this City of Toronto website. All listed prices include HST.

  • You can print your individual or combined online ticket(s) before arriving at the ferry docks OR present the ticket(s) on your mobile device.
  • Tickets must be used for the date selected.
  • Your credit card transaction is protected with up-to-date security standards.
  • Buying advance tickets does not guarantee priority boarding on any Toronto Island Ferry.
  • No re-entry is permitted with advanced tickets.
  • Monthly passes cannot be purchased online.
  • American Express, Mastercard and VISA are all accepted forms of payment.

Note: Prepaid tickets without a barcode are no longer valid or accepted at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal

Monthly pass
Photos of monthly passes are not acceptable forms for validation whether in daily use or upon monthly renewal. Physical passes must be presented for scanning each time.

The Toronto Island Ferry Fleet:
To allow for physical distancing, capacity on the ferries has been reduced to 50% in accordance with Transport Canada direction.

  • Trillium - 611.36 Ton - passenger capacity of 800
  • Ongiara - 179.95 Ton - passenger capacity of 220
  • Sam McBride - 412.00 Ton - passenger capacity of 975
  • Thomas Rennie - 424.14 Ton - passenger capacity of 975
  • Wm. Inglis - 238.00 Ton - passenger capacity of 394

Summer schedule: May long weekend to Labour Day
Fall Schedule: Tuesday after Labour Day to the middle of October
(note, service may shift to winter schedule early, depending on the weather)

Note: all Toronto ferries are wheelchair accessible on all main decks.

Baggage search
Under the Domestic Ferry Security Regulations and Marine Transportation Act random baggage searches will take place.

Toronto Island Ferry Finder

Alternatively, a water taxi can transport you to or from the Toronto Islands. This is a privately operated business.

Winter Service
Ferry service is only available to Ward's Island during the winter. There is no winter service to Centre Island.

Before setting out to the Island during the winter, be sure to call the contact the Toronto Island Ferry information line to find out the ferry schedule. Also, please be aware that the ferry service runs less frequently during the off season.

Bicycles
Individuals can bring bikes or rollerblades on Toronto Island ferries however, bicycle riding or skating is not permitted on the ferry boats or inside the passenger waiting area for public safety.
There are no fees to bring your bicycle on a ferry boat.

Propane
Due to Transport Canada Regulations, propane is not permitted on the ferries. Charcoal briquettes, however, are permitted to be carried on the ferries

Pets
Dogs are permitted on the Toronto Islands and ferries but must be kept on a leash at all times and owners must "stoop and scoop".

Vehicles
Please refer to the City of Toronto website for details about vehicle permits.

Lost items
If you have lost an item on the ferry, you can speak to a Toronto Island Ferry Representative, who will be able to assist you.

Tickets and Fees for passengers
Ferry boat tickets may be purchased in advance at the dock (near Booth 1). Payment can be made in cash, debit, or credit card at the Traffic Office.

Damaged or misplaced ferry tickets or monthly pass
The owner of any individual ticket or monthly pass that was misplaced, damaged or destroyed must either purchase another monthly pass or individual tickets as required. No replacement ticket or monthly pass will be issued without full payment.

Return of ferry tickets for credit
There are no refunds provided on the purchased or redeemed tickets.

Transporting vehicles to the island
Contact the Ferry Dock office to arrange for transport of vehicles to the island. Only emergency and commercial service vehicles (e.g., utility, delivery, construction, etc.) that are properly identified are issued a vehicle permit ticket and allowed passage to the Toronto Islands.

Getting to the docks
The Toronto Ferry Docks are located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The address is 9 Queens Quay West although the physical address is not labelled.

Ferry Security, Commercial Vehicles
Commercial & Emergency Vehicles and Ferry Security Enhancements have been made to ferry service. Please visit the City of Toronto website for details.