Brunch at The Rectory Cafe at Ward's Island

The Rectory Café is a nice restaurant on Ward’s Island with a wonderful lakeside patio. They have sandwiches that they offer for lunch. They also have some very good desserts, such as a Callebaut Semi-Sweet Brownie and Flourless Banana Chocolate Torte. The restaurant is located at:

Rectory Cafe
102 Lakeshore Ave, Ward's Island
Toronto, ON M5J 1X9

After the brunch, we can go for a walk on the island.

Getting there:
The only way to get to Ward’s Island is by ferry. The ferry leaves from the Toronto Ferry Docks at 11 AM and 11:30 AM. After that, you better start swimming (just kidding). You get the ferry at the Toronto Ferry Docks, which is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just west of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The address of the Toronto Ferry Docks is:

Toronto Ferry Docks
9 Queen’s Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2H3

Web site with the ferry schedule is at:

From the Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation web site (directions to Toronto Ferry Docks):
Directions by TTC: From Union Station take the 509 Harbourfront or the 510 Spadina streetcar south to the Bay and Queen's Quay stop. Alternately, take the Bay Bus #6 southbound from the corner of Front and Bay to the Bay and Queen's Quay stop. The entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street, just west of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.

Walk / Drive: Main entrance at foot of Bay Street on Queen's Quay. Enter through the park via the walkway between the Westin Harbour Castle hotel and Harbour Castle condominiums. Parking is available 1 block north at Lakeshore and Bay, 1 block west on Queen's Quay between Bay and York, 1 block east opposite Toronto Star building.

Once you get to Ward’s Island, you get to The Rectory Café by taking Cibola Avenue to the right towards Centre Island. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the restaurant from when you get off the ferry. Although the address is on Lakeshore Ave., you will see a sign for The Rectory Cafe on Cibola Avenue.

For leaving Ward’s Island and going back to the city, the ferries leave Ward’s Island every 30 minutes at :15 and :45 past the hour.

Map of Toronto Island (from City of Toronto in PDF):

Google Map:
Put "The Rectory Cafe, Lakeshore Avenue, Toronto, ON" in Google Search field.

Meetup Fee:
There is a $2 per person Meetup fee for this event.

There will not be individual bills for this event and billing will be per table. Please bring cash for the food bill. Also, please do not leave the event until your table’s bill is settled. In order to cover tax and tip, you will need to add $3 to every $10 of the menu price.

Meetup Etiquette:
If you RSVP “yes” and change your mind about attending, please update your RSVP.
Those who RSVP “yes” are expected to show up.
You are expected to be at the event on time. In situations where you are late and the restaurant is full, your seat will be given away and not held, so please be on-time.
Attendance will be taken at all events and “no shows” will be tracked.
A person may be removed from the group for repeatedly being a “no show”.
A person who changes their RSVP to “no” with less than 3 hours before the start of an event without a good reason will be considered a “no show”.
A person who just briefly shows up at the event but does not stay at the restaurant for the meal will still be considered a “no show”.

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  • Greg F.

    Very nice event. I even was able to figure the bills out for everyone. It was nice meeting the new people that came to the event as well as seeing familiar friends. The weather and patio were perfect!

    August 26, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Beutiful location and very nice company. I was a little surprised about the menu since I expected a little more brunch choices and, unfortunately, the salad I decided on was missing a few ingredients which led to some going back an forth with not so friedly staff; apart from this, however, I enjoyed much the company, good conversation and the view towards the lake. Already signed up for the next event.

    August 26, 2013

  • Gulshan

    Was good fun - good weather, good surroundings and good company

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks. But I have to cancel. I hope to make the next one!

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies for late cancellation, will try again soon. Enjoy!

    August 24, 2013

  • David

    Something came up.

    August 24, 2013

  • Gail W.

    Sorry, can't make it tomorrow, as I'm taking my granddaughter to the Ex.
    Cheers Gail

    August 24, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Sorry, can't make it tomorrow!

    August 24, 2013

  • Peter V.

    have a business meeting at 1pm ... have to cancel

    August 21, 2013

  • Debbie C.

    Sorry, I may not come that day. My schedule is tighten recently.

    August 19, 2013

  • Dolores P.

    Been wanting to this for years. Looking forward to it. D

    August 19, 2013

  • Beverley W.

    Would love to join everyone for this Meet-up, unfortunately, have a previous commitment. Have fun and enjoy!

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I'm really looking forward to this meet up. Looks like fun and the venue is really beautiful! Is it possible to bring two friends to this? They are fellow meet up friends.

    August 18, 2013

  • Jina

    I want to go but i don't have a car.

    August 17, 2013

  • Dagmar

    looking much forward to this one

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Already going with another group. Popular place.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is going to be beautiful! I can't wait!

    July 18, 2013

  • Debbie C.

    Very excited about that day:)

    July 17, 2013

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