This is a delightful way to pass a summer afternoon: First, hop on the Ward's Island Ferry, which departs from the same docks as the Centre Island Ferry at the foot of Bay Street. You land at the quirky little cottage-like community on Ward's Island, just a five-minute walk from the cafe. Built in 1948, and once home to the local priest, The Rectory Café local art work displayed on the walls, a fireplace for visits during cool weather, and a charming tree-shaded patio that faces Lake Ontario. There's full bar service and a bring-your-own-wine option (corking fees apply). Ideal for lunch or brunch, the menu offers omelets, and creative sandwiches and entrees such as Grilled Dukkah Salmon with grilled pineapple and fresh mint, sautéed French beans, coconut-steamed Basmati rice, or a three-cheese sandwich with buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese, feta, and lemon arugula. Desserts range from New York–style cheesecake to a flourless chocolate torte, and there is an extensive selection of teas. A kids' menu is available. It's open year-round, but call ahead as the weather cools, because their opening hours and days can change.
The Rectory Café
102 Lakeshore Ave., Ward's Island
Our Rating Neighborhood Ward's Island Hours Sun–Wed 11am–5pm, Thurs and Sat 11am–8pm, Fri 11am–9pm Transportation Ward's Island is serviced more than 20 times a day by ferry from the Toronto ferry dock at the foot of Bay Street; a ferry schedule link is on The Rectory Café website Phone 416/203-2152 Prices Entrees $13–$28 Cuisine Type Canadian Web site The Rectory Café