As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

Bicycling at Centre Island

The first step towards an adventure is taking the first step.

The first step towards an adventure is taking the first step.

Today the kids, their mother and I went to Centre Island. Centre Island and the rest of the islands in the Toronto Island Park have for me always been one of the aspects of Toronto that I’ve most treasured. Other cities have parks, but few others have such scenic and serene ones. Wide open bicycle trails, a long expanse of beaches, huge carp that I fished for when I was younger, and the intriguingly offbeat culture of the people who used to live there full time. There is also the occasional cultural festival there. Caribana, which is Toronto’s version of Carnival, in the past usually ended up on the island where one could count on finding lively free concerts, and food stands selling savoury traditional Caribbean foods. I say “traditional” because the roti, bakes, and roast corn one would find sold there need to be distinguished from the food that Caribbeans actually eat. After having returned to Antigua this summer for the first time in thirty years I found myself wondering at least where Antigua is concerned whether Caribbean food consists almost exclusively of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Movies, restaurants, and many other places one goes to might give the impression that fun must be purchased by the hour. The meter is always running and eventually runs out, leading inevitably to a stream of questions from the young ones starting with “can I have a …” or “why couldn’t I get a …” and so on.

From the Greek Islands to New York, ferries seem the same everywhere. Endless rows of life jackets that don't seem to have moved from where they have hung for decades ... decaying in a colourfully decorative fashion.

From the Greek Islands to New York, ferries seem the same everywhere. Endless rows of life jackets that don't seem to have moved from where they have hung for decades ... decaying in a colourfully decorative fashion.

The Toronto Island Park certainly has such pay per use attractions for one so inclined, but it also it the type of place that one can go to find one’s own entertainment for hours on end. Pack a lunch, walk, or bring your bikes, or wait to rent them when you get there, whatever your plans get on the ferry and a day of simple pleasures awaits.

This sign is visible immediately after getting off the ferry.

This sign is visible immediately after getting off the ferry.

The structure bordering the path at Gilbratar Point looked like an indian fishing wier. I called it a "Wier Sculpture".

The structure bordering the path at Gilbratar Point looked like an indian fishing wier. I called it a "Wier Sculpture".

A fence can protect or separate. Here a fence was merely a frame for observation.

A fence can protect or separate. Here the fence was merely a frame for observation.

After an afternoon playing in the sand and wandering along the beach, it's time to mount up and go home.

After an afternoon playing in the sand and wandering along the beach, it's time to mount up and go home.

With the sun setting on this beach there was time for a final photo to remember the wonderful day.

With the sun setting on this beach there was time for a final photo to remember the wonderful day.

The gardens were not spectacularly ornate, but somehow we were thankful for them.

The gardens were not spectacularly ornate, but somehow we were thankful for them.

Our view from the dock waiting for the ferry to arrive and return us to the mainland. The CN Tower in the background uniquely identifies the skyline as Toronto.

Our view from the dock waiting for the ferry to arrive and return us to the mainland. The CN Tower in the background uniquely identifies the skyline as Toronto.

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