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Old 04-08-12, 07:05 AM   #1
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Do the Toronto island ferries allow bicycle trailers on the boats?

I'm talking about a flatbed trailer or kid carrying trailer attached to the bicycle an not the ones to the car. I know they allow bikes on the ferries.
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Old 04-08-12, 08:05 AM   #2
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I don't see why they wouldn't be allowed on the ferries. The best you can do is ask.

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Have a great ride on the Toronto Islands. My wife and I (Long Island, NY) spent a day pedaling Centre Island (the one recommended by locals) in 2005. What a neat ride. Here's an excerpt from my website in which I briefly describe it:

>>>>......and load your bike onto a ferry to Centre Island, where you'll find a wonderland of things to do and see, from a full-blown amusement park to some great family restaurants to an awesome botanical garden, and more. After exiting the ferry, just point your wheels to the left and you can't miss anything! From here, head toward the Ward's Island Ferry. Along the way, you might want to enjoy a quiet, tasty lunch or dinner at the Rectory Cafe (a bike-friendly outdoor restaurant) or stop near the waterside for some cool views of the Toronto skyline. If you're lucky, you may even wander into a festival of some type at the park near the Ward's Island ferry terminal, where you can catch a lift back to the mainland. The round trip ferry ride, in 2005, was $6 Canadian.<<<<<

I'm not sure where on the big blue marble you live, but keep in mind that it's still pretty cold in Toronto this time of year (April) and will be even colder on the islands.

Also, while the bike path along Lake Ontario (a separate ride altogether, but close to the ferry terminal) may look pretty awesome, some sections are difficult to ride with children and would probably be a little too rough for a trailer. Skip it and go straight to the islands!



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The only thing I remember is that are three ferries (all from the same dock) and the middle (main) ferry doesn't allow bikes at certain times but the secondary ones always do. They all get you to the islands, which are interconnected, so no worries.
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Oh, I forgot to mention that the ferries do not allow bikes on weekends during peak seasons! At least that's how it was in 2005.
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I'm not sure where on the big blue marble you live, but keep in mind that it's still pretty cold in Toronto this time of year (April) and will be even colder on the islands.
Average day-time Toronto high this time of year is 14C(50F). But... yes ... on windy islands...
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Oh, I forgot to mention that the ferries do not allow bikes on weekends during peak seasons! At least that's how it was in 2005.
I think just the middle one, as I was saying above.
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Yes, they allow trailers as I have taken mine over twice last summer. On the weekends you cannot take any bikes on the ferry to Centre Island but you are allowed on the Ward Island and Hanlan Points Ferries as others have pointed out.
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I'm talking about a flatbed trailer or kid carrying trailer attached to the bicycle an not the ones to the car. I know they allow bikes on the ferries.
Last time I went across I saw a bunch of cyclists hauling trailers including residents hauling home their groceries. No one said anything and everyone seemed happy.
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http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/transit

It looks like bikes (and presumably trailers) are now allowed on all ferries all the time. They don't specifically mention trailers but I always see them there.
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Thankies everyone for the help. ^__^;;

It is windy in Toronto right now and I am a GTA gal so I know the temps here. It is gusting like 54kph on the winds right now. Gah, I'm not going the islands today but looking to ride about 20km to go downtown. I hope the winds don't pick me up and land me in Kansas.

Well I was thinking for say parties and such if you hualed everything in for a day event via bikes it beats breaking the back and you can hual a lot more in given Loblaws is about 1km from the docks.

That comment about people bringing the trailers in originally I thought it could be they are allowed because they show that they are residents on the island so they may have special privillages where as the regular folks don't. Just wanted to check ahead of time before the helps warm up.
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You live in Toronto? The other ride I always wanted to check out on one of my business trips was the "Don" Parkway. I know this is not a forum for leisure rides, but is this bikeway more suited for commuting or for a fun dayride during a trip to Toronto?
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You live in Toronto? The other ride I always wanted to check out on one of my business trips was the "Don" Parkway. I know this is not a forum for leisure rides, but is this bikeway more suited for commuting or for a fun dayride during a trip to Toronto?
I've often ridden it as a pleasure ride. I don't think there are many commuters as it is deep in a valley away from civilization. One issue is that if it is a beautiful weekend day there will be families with children wandering on the more northerly sections, especially just north of the Don Mills transition, where the path goes through mowed parks, so for brisk, uninterrupted riding the lower sections are better, where the path goes through wild land. There are two slightly hazardous spots, a blind corner going through a culvert, and crossing Pottery Rd (if it is no longer closed for construction) (the road, not the trail) so be on your guard there. Here's a map.

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/map/index.htm

If I'm downtown, I find it easiest to access from Queen St. East. On the south side of the bridge across the Don River there are stairs down to the trail.

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