Toronto Island residents “elated” to start 1st summer season since major flood

A year after flooding shut them down to visitors, the Toronto Islands are gearing up for a busy season as summer ferry service gets back up and running in time for the May long weekend.

Summer ferry service, which officially began on Wednesday, will increase service to get visitors to and from Ward’s Island, Centre Island, and Hanlan’s Point more quickly.

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Linda Rosenbaum, who runs walking tours on Ward’s Island, says business owners and residents alike are “elated” by the prospect of a normal warm-weather season. “People are really buoyant,” she told CBC Toronto.

Record-high lake levels last year damaged buildings and submerged parks and pathways, shutting the Islands down to visitors from early May to late July.

They reopened for the end of the summer with local businesses hanging by a thread and Mayor John Tory imploring Torontonians to pay them a visit.

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