4th Annual Toronto Islands Picnic & Bonfire | Jul 20 2013

Between 200 and 350 people show up every year to make our annual picnic a spectacular day full of fun, games, music, laughter, chit-chatting and making new friends.

To look at the comments and photos from previous picnics, please click here

So, for the 4th year in a row, we're going back to the same spot in the Toronto Islands for the 2013 Toronto Social Group Annual Picnic & Bonfire. As usual, we have our very own reserved picnic area with a bonfire pit and volleyball nets on Centre Island.

There is no charge for this event! It's a picnic so just bring your own food and drink... and be prepared to meet lots of people and have tons of chit-chatting and laughing.

There will be lots of fun games and activities during the day and at dusk we will light our bonfire and toast marshmallows and dance and sing songs under the moonlight and the stars. (Note: The fire-pit is NOT for cooking, it is simply to light a bonfire and toast marshmallows or whatever else!)

Children, grand-children, parents and grand-parents, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and your friends & neighbours are all welcome to join us. Pets on a leash are also welcome. You may also bring your bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades but please note that you cannot wear your rollerblades on the ferry itself.

Last year a number of members arranged all kinds of fun activities like a three-legged-race, egg-carrying race, wheelbarrow race, bingo, puzzle solving contest and a cookie eating contest. We will be having these types of games again this year.

We are going to be right next door to the volleyball nets and and very close to the snack bar, washrooms, Centreville Amusement Park, Lagoon Theatre and the Wading Pool. You can rent bicycles and tour the islands or if you feel more energetic, you can rent a boat. There are splash pads and wading pools for the younger children and you can also board the tram and get a tour of the island. For something more sedate, there is always a nice stroll through their gardens.

The picnic area license fee and fire insurance has been paid and as dusk falls, we will light our bonfire, play music and toast marshmallows.

Centre Island Ferry

To get to Centre Island, you need to take the Centre Island ferry. This can be boarded at the foot of Bay Street on the south side of Queen's Quay. The ferry runs every 30 minutes. The fare in 2012 was $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children under 14. There is no charge for pets on a leash.

We will NOT be meeting at the ferry terminal. Please make your own way to our picnic area. Details are below.

Our Picnic Spot

Our reserved picnic area is Area #22 on Olympic Island. It will be marked with a Meetup sign and the Toronto Social Group logo. To get an idea of how to get there, please have a look at the Toronto Island Picnic Area Map. To open it, click here.

Simple 5-Step Directions On How To Get To Our Picnic Spot

  1. Take ferry to Centre Island. (Ferry leaves from the foot of Bay St.)
  2. Come off the ferry and turn immediate left and walk along the metal railing.
  3. Turn left over the first bridge and go straight after you have crossed the bridge. (FYI, after you have crossed this bridge, you are technically on Olympic Island. )
  4. After 3 minutes of walking, you will pass washrooms on the left hand side. Keep walking and you will see a volleyball net on the left hand side. That is our area!
  5. Look for the Toronto Social Group sign. Our picnic volunteers will be wearing orange name tags.

If you get lost, ask any of the park staff to direct you to the Centreville Amusement Park. There is a bridge next to the childrens' rides that leads to Olympic Island. Cross this bridge and our picnic area will be the second area on the right. Look for the Toronto Social Group sign.

Notes

There are numerous places to purchase food, or of course you can always pack a picnic hamper or cooler.... I mean, this is a picnic after all! LOL

Although we have exclusive use of the picnic benches in our area, there will obviously not be enough seating for everyone so please feel free to bring your own lawn chair or sheets and blankets for the grass if you wish. Don't forget your sunscreen and bottled water, your camera and a happy attitude and we will all have an amazing picnic!

As mentioned above, you are welcome to bring your dog(s) but Toronto Islands requires that they be on a leash at all times. If you are bringing dogs, please observe poop'n'scoop bylaws and also be sensitive to those members in our group who may not be comfortable around animals and respect their wishes.

Please note that all City of Toronto parks are an alcohol-free zone.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all there for another awesome Toronto Social Group picnic!

 

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  • Chris T

    Really enjoyed the picnic, meeting new people, chatting, and the frisbee, thanks again Sash and everyone who came.

    July 29, 2013

  • Lili

    good

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a wonderful day, great people, fun games and making us newbies feel extremely welcome!

    July 22, 2013

  • Lisa

    So much fun!

    July 22, 2013

  • PAL H.

    Sash,
    It was great to be a part of this meetup...

    July 21, 2013

  • Julie R

    Sash, Olympia, Volunteers and the Picinc = awesome, Me = thanks for a wonderful time at the Island, really enjoyed meeting everyone!

    2 · July 21, 2013

  • Susan P.

    Thanks Sash! Anything you arrange is awesome and I cannot say enough good things about it. A special thank you to Olympia and all your helpers.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Rob

    Thanks again Sash and thank you to all the volunteers who helped out. It was very good of Sash to not charge for the event when he did incur some costs (I was one of the BINGO winners).

    July 21, 2013

  • Alastair

    I had an awesome time while I was there. I got called away by work and had to leave early but really enjoyed the short time I spent with everyone.

    July 21, 2013

  • Sherry R.

    Hi Sash! I had a great time on my first meet up attendance. I enjoyed the games and the group was so nice. I like it when the weather permits all our activities. looking forward to more meet ups to attend under your banner.... Thanks to everyone who made it to the picnic.... See you all soon...

    July 21, 2013

    • Ernie

      Great Sash. This was my first event with the Group, and I just loved it!. Keep on the good organization!

      July 21, 2013

  • Dolly

    Full of Fun, Fun-tastic, Fun-bulous, Funny!!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • George P.

    Thank you to Sash and to everyone that helped, the picnic was absolutely wonderful. I had not been to the island for at least 2 to 3 decades. The island is still such a wonderful place and a great recreational and chilling out spot. It also brought back so many wonderful memories from my teen years, the crazy Ryerson University parties there, as well as many wonderful times with my mom and dad. I met, as well as re-met, some wonderful people and had a great time. Thank you all for a great day! I also acknowledge Sash for choosing not to charge for this event, even though I know he encoured expenses to create this event.

    July 21, 2013

  • Jordan H. G.

    Sunscreen in my eyes, bug spray in my hair, sand in my shorts, sweaty, sticky -- had a wonderful time playing on the Toronto Islands! And thanks to K's affirmations, first year we didn't see a drop -- not a drop -- of rain!

    Met some cool new folks, caught up with some good friends, and enjoyed the sunshine and stunningly beautiful views of the city skyline from the island.

    Theresa and I had a great time at the annual picnic -- thanks Sash and Olympia for all your hard work in putting this party on Centre Island into the record books as the best ever every year.

    2 · July 21, 2013

  • Gregory C.

    Good job organizing. Fun events. Wonderful people. Couldn't beat the weather, it was a great break from the sweltering heat of the week. Also, the view of the city from the island shore last night was spectacular!!! See you all soon.

    July 21, 2013

  • Sarah

    I had a wonderful time. Mature and friendly members, welcoming organizer, nice place and good weather!!!! It was great to see you all.
    Dear Laurie and Peter I didn't have the chance to say bye to you. I enjoyed your company. Hope to see u soon.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Suzie

    great!

    July 21, 2013

  • Suzie

    great!

    July 21, 2013

  • Anuradha Khanna (.

    What an awesome picnic. A total fun day with great people. Sash.....You really are the MAN <3

    July 21, 2013

  • Rick

    Awesome picnic as always! Thank you Sash, Olympia & all who helped out to make it possible. Great to see everyone !

    July 21, 2013

  • Lily

    Awesome weather, had a fabulous time!

    July 21, 2013

  • Laurie

    Had a great time...as always! Wonderful to see everyone.

    July 21, 2013

  • Suzie

    thanks sash, for the wonderful time. greAt to meet new friends

    July 21, 2013

  • Sherry R.

    It was a great group.

    July 21, 2013

  • Sherry R.

    It was a great group.

    July 21, 2013

  • K

    It was Fun as usual! ;-)
    The weather was the Best we've had in any of our picnic for sure! :-))
    Apparently I was lucky too! ;-)) lol
    Always a Fun time at the Toronto Central Island Picnic :-)))
    Thanks to Everybody who made it :-))

    July 20, 2013

  • K

    If you're thinking of driving down there!
    Please DON'T! Take TTC or GO!
    It's beyond brutal in lakeshore!!
    3hrs & counting! :-(

    1 · July 20, 2013

    • K

      I was Taking the Lakeshore route Z sorry Just saw your comment now! :-)

      July 20, 2013

    • K

      Y I was stuck for almost 3 hrs! 0_0

      July 20, 2013

  • Asha

    Excellent as usual Sash.

    July 20, 2013

  • beth

    thank you sash great time and nice meeting everyone

    July 20, 2013

  • Andrea P.

    Hi Sash, was my first time with your group, had a great time, sorry I had to leave early, thanks for organizing! Looking forward to next time.

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Me

    Sash likes purple.

    July 20, 2013

  • Doug

    Sorry to miss out, but am under the weather. And when I booked time specifically to be back in Toronto for this event!

    July 20, 2013

  • Asha

    Quite cloudy in Mississauga. What is it like in Toronto? Is this still on?

    July 20, 2013

  • Jordan

    this is maybe see you later today

    July 20, 2013

  • Diane

    Sadly I need to cancel. Yesterday I popped my knee out of place and I am now in a full leg removable cast.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry got something urgent to do. enjoy guys..

    July 20, 2013

  • Asha

    Anyone know where the best place to park would be near the ferry terminal?

    1 · July 19, 2013

    • Asha

      Is Union station the closest to the ferry terminal?

      July 19, 2013

    • Craig

      Yes, Union Station is the closest subway station to the ferry terminal. I have another Meetup Sat. morn.-early afternoon but might stop by between 3-4 pm.

      July 20, 2013

  • Mel

    my apology - i can't make it afterall.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Foot try this, sounds like fun ;)

    July 20, 2013

  • Selin

    I am looking forward to the picnic and the various games we can play together :-)

    July 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth G.

    Have a family event that we have to go to. So sorry to miss this. Sounds like a blast. Have fun!

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ahhh got something else on priority

    July 19, 2013

  • Soltera

    Sorry guys to miss out on this great picnic. Have blisters on my feet and too sore to walk around on them. Next year. Enjoy all!

    July 19, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hey...are there bbq's we could bring charcoal for to do hamburgers/hotdogs?? Anyone know?

    July 19, 2013

    • Sash

      The games start at around 3 PM.

      July 19, 2013

    • Lisa

      Thanks Sash..wanna make sure the kids get there in time for them..:) I'll be bringing some extra supplies for kids games!

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it ok to come a little later at about 3pm?

    July 18, 2013

    • Sash

      Hi Katy, we are there from 12 noon to 9 PM. Please feel free to come by at any time and leave at any time.

      July 19, 2013

  • Ben

    at the zenith of the summer heat, we look forward to start a huge bonfire and toast marshmallows..enjoy.

    July 19, 2013

  • Glenn F.

    I have a family event that day

    July 19, 2013

  • Belle

    This is my first event to this group. I will meet new friends with a great time.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so disappointed I can't go. We have Stratford tickets.

    July 19, 2013

  • Sal A.

    Just found out I have to be at the theatre all day :-( Really sorry to miss this!

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cant make this event...Have a Great time everyone!!

    July 18, 2013

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