Toronto Skyline from Ward's Islands
The Ward Islands are formerly known as Island of Hiawatha and also known as Menecing, meaning "On the Island" in the Ojibwa language.
These islands are located just offshore from the Toronto city center, and provide shelter for Toronto Harbor. 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.