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Toronto Islands
The TORONTO ISLANDS (formerly known as ISLAND OF HIAWATHA and also known as MENECING, meaning "On the Island" in the Ojibwa language ) are a chain of small islands in Lake Ontario , south of mainland Toronto , Ontario , Canada. Comprising the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario , the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre, and provide shelter for Toronto Harbour . The islands are home to parkland, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport , several yacht clubs, Centreville Amusement Park , and Hanlan\'s Beach . The island community is considered to be the largest urban car-free community in North America, although some service vehicles are permitted. Access to the Islands is by ferry, including the City of Toronto ferries operating from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay Street, or by water taxis
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Hiawatha
HIAWATHA (also known as AYENWATHA, AIIONWATHA, or Haiëñ'wa'tha in Onondaga ) was a pre-colonial Native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy . Depending on the version of the narrative, he was a leader of the Onondaga , or the Mohawk , or both. According to some versions, he was born an Onondaga, but adopted into the Mohawk. Hiawatha
Hiawatha
was a follower of the Great Peacemaker
Great Peacemaker
(Deganawida), a Huron prophet and spiritual leader who proposed the unification of the Iroquois peoples, who shared common ancestry and similar languages. The Great Peacemaker
Great Peacemaker
was a compelling spiritual presence, but was impeded in evangelizing his prophecy by foreign affiliation and a severe speech impediment
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Ojibwa Language
OJIBWE /oʊˈdʒɪbweɪ/ , also known as OJIBWA, OJIBWAY, CHIPPEWA, or OTCHIPWE, is an Indigenous language of North America , also known as Turtle Island , of the Algonquian language family . The language is characterized by a series of dialects that have local names and frequently local writing systems . There is no single dialect that is considered the most prestigious or most prominent, and no standard writing system that covers all dialects
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Lake Ontario
LAKE ONTARIO (French : _Lac Ontario_) is one of the five Great Lakes of North America
North America
. It is surrounded on the north, west, and southwest by the Canadian province of Ontario
Ontario
, and on the south and east by the American state of New York , whose water boundaries meet in the middle of the lake. Ontario, Canada's most populous province , was named for the lake. In the Wyandot (Huron) language, _ontarío_ means “Lake of Shining Waters”. Its primary inlet is the Niagara River from Lake Erie . The last in the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
chain, Lake Ontario
Ontario
serves as the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
via the Saint Lawrence River
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Toronto
TORONTO (/təˈrɒntoʊ/ ( listen ), locally /təˈrɒnoʊ/ ( listen )) is a Canadian city and the provincial capital of Ontario
Ontario
. With a city population of 2,731,571 and a metropolitan population of 5,928,040, it is the most populous city and metropolitan area in Canada. A global city , Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Indigenous peoples have inhabited the area now known as Toronto for thousands of years, with the city itself sitting at the southern terminus of the ancient Toronto Carrying-Place Trail . Permanent European settlement began in the 1790s, after the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase of 1787, when the Mississaugas
Mississaugas
surrendered the area to the British Crown
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Ontario
ONTARIO (/ɒnˈtɛərioʊ/ ( listen ); French pronunciation: ​ ), one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada
Canada
, is located in east-central Canada
Canada
. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for nearly 40 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario
Ontario
is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories
and Nunavut
Nunavut
are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa , and the nation's most populous city, Toronto
Toronto
. Ontario
Ontario
is bordered by the province of Manitoba
Manitoba
to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay
James Bay
to the north, and Quebec
Quebec
to the east and northeast, and to the south by the U.S
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Toronto Harbour
TORONTO HARBOUR or TORONTO BAY is a bay on the north shore of Lake Ontario
Ontario
, in Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario
Ontario
, Canada
Canada
. It is a natural harbour, protected from Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario
waves by the Toronto
Toronto
Islands . Today, the harbour is used primarily for recreational boating, including personal vessels and pleasure boats providing scenic or party cruises. Ferries travel from docks on the mainland to the Islands, and cargo ships deliver aggregates and raw sugar to industries located in the harbour. Historically, the harbour has been used for military vessels, passenger traffic and cargo traffic. Waterfront uses include residential, recreational, cultural, commercial and industrial sites
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Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
BILLY BISHOP TORONTO CITY AIRPORT (IATA : YTZ, ICAO : CYTZ) is a small international airport located on the Toronto
Toronto
Islands in Toronto , Ontario
Ontario
, Canada. The airport is often referred to as the TORONTO ISLAND AIRPORT and was previously known as Port George VI
George VI
Island Airport and Toronto
Toronto
City Centre Airport; the latter is still found on legacy signs near the airport. The airport's name honours Billy Bishop , the Canadian World War I
World War I
flying ace and Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
recipient and World War II
World War II
Air Marshal
Air Marshal
. It is used by civil aviation , air ambulances , and regional airlines using turboprop planes
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Centreville Amusement Park
The CENTREVILLE AMUSEMENT PARK or CENTREVILLE THEME PARK is a children's amusement/theme park located on Centre Island, part of the Toronto
Toronto
Islands , offshore of Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario
Ontario
, Canada. The park has been operated by the Beasley family since 1967, currently through Etobicoke
Etobicoke
-based William Beasley Enterprises Limited, on land leased from the City of Toronto
Toronto
and is open daily during the summer. Beasley also operates the "Far Enough Farm" adjacent to the park. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Attractions * 2.1 Carousel
Carousel
* 3 Far Enough Farm * 4 Toronto
Toronto
Island Transit Service * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYCentreville was built as part of a master plan to convert the Toronto Islands land usage from cottage residences to recreational uses
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Hanlan's Beach
HANLAN\'S POINT BEACH is a public beach situated on Hanlan's Point in the Toronto Islands near Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario
Ontario
on the shore of Lake Ontario
Ontario
. One kilometre-long part of the beach was officially recognized by the city in 2002 as being clothing optional . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Background * 3 See also * 4 Notes HISTORY Hanlan's Point Beach was a traditional site for nude sunbathing for decades. In 1999, Toronto
Toronto
City Council approved a one-year pilot project for a nude beach at Hanlan's Point following a proposal by naturist organization and Councillor Kyle Rae
Kyle Rae
. In 2000, the council extended the project for another two years. Finally in 2002, the clothing-optional beach was made permanent
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Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
The JACK LAYTON FERRY TERMINAL is the ferry slip for the Toronto Island ferries , which provide transportation between mainland Toronto and the Toronto
Toronto
Islands . It is located on the Toronto
Toronto
Harbour , behind the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel and next to Harbour Square Park . It is south of Bay Street and Queens Quay in Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario
Ontario
, Canada. Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division operates three ferries from here to Centre Island, Hanlan's Point and Ward's Island. The terminal was known as the TORONTO ISLAND FERRY DOCKS until 2013, when it was renamed in honour of former city councillor and federal Member of Parliament Jack Layton
Jack Layton

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Bike Share Toronto
BIKE SHARE TORONTO is a bicycle sharing system located in Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario
Ontario
, Canada
Canada
. Launched in 2011 by Public Bike System Company (PBSC) under the BIXI brand, the system was taken over by the Toronto Parking Authority in 2013. The system runs year-round and currently consists of 2,750 bicycles, 4,700 docking points, and 270 stations within the downtown Toronto
Toronto
area. As of June 2017, Bike Share Toronto
Toronto
has almost 9,000 active members, served 830,000 rides in 2016, and riders have traveled a total of 15,864,047 kilometres (9,857,462 mi) since 2011
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Bicycles
A BICYCLE, also called a CYCLE or BIKE, is a human-powered , pedal-driven , single-track vehicle , having two wheels attached to a frame , one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist , or bicyclist. Bicycles were introduced in the late 19th century in Europe, and by the early 21st century, more than 1 billion have been produced worldwide. These numbers far exceed the number of cars, both in total and ranked by the number of individual models produced. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness , military and police applications, courier services , bicycle racing and bicycle stunts. The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright or "safety bicycle" , has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885
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Quadracycle (human-powered Vehicle)
A QUADRACYCLE is a four-wheeled human-powered land vehicle . It is also referred to as a QUADRICYCLE, QUADCYCLE, PEDAL CAR or FOUR-WHEELED BICYCLE amongst other terms. Human-powered quadracyles have been in use since 1853 and have grown into several families of vehicles for a variety of purposes, including tourist rentals, pedal taxis, private touring, mountain and industrial use
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