Smiley's Bed & Breakfast on the Toronto Islands
|Rental type||Bed and Breakfast|
|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||650 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Romantic, Other, Away from it all, Downtown, Lake|
Description from the owner
Welcome to Smiley's B&B;
Located on Algonquin Island, one of the Toronto Islands, a 15 minute ferry ride from the foot of Bay Street in Toronto, we offer comfortable accommodation in a pastoral setting. A choice of two lodgings is available: The Belvedere and The Studio Suite
Bookings for the Studio are normally made ahead of the desired dates. This year the Belvedere is not available until September.
The calendar shows Studio bookings only. Inquire for Belvedere availability.
The Belvedere is a little fantasy room at the top front of the house. The bed is 3/4 width, (48"/1.22m,) so it is suitable for one or two peop...Read more
Smiley's Bed & Breakfast on the Toronto Islands
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Additional Location Information
Transportation Options - walk, cycle or roller-blade. You can not drive onto the islands.
The Toronto Islands are a barrier island of sand stretching about 5 kilometers and protecting the Toronto harbour. Many people walk, some run the 10 kilometre circuit for recreation or in races.
Bicycles are the transportation mode of choice for most Islanders so if you can, bring your bikes. Rentals of bicycles and quadracycles are available from a kiosk on Centre Island in warm weather. Cost ranges from $7 to $28./hour with no maximum.
Bikes and roller-blades can be rented by the day from Wheel Excitement Inc. on the mainland, not far from the Bay Street Ferry Dock. Phone> 416-260-9000
We may be able to let you use our canoe and we have a couple of older bikes that may fit you.
Food & Stores
There are no stores on the Island but a full selection of food and drink is available with-in walking distance of the ferry dock on the mainland.
There are two restaurants in the residential community on the island. The Rectory is normally open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on the off season and 7 days a week with extended hours in the summer. Please contact the management for details and reservations. Phone> 416-203-2152. Website> http://rectorycafe.com/tabid/170/Default.aspx Email> email@example.com
The cafe in the Ward's Island Clubhouse is open from the Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving. Phone 416-203-6460.
If you want to treat yourself while you are here I can recommend:
Alice's House of Big Hair – 416-203-0781
Just Imagine Bodywork: Reflexology: Delwyn Higgins – 416-203-0948
For more information take a look at our web site. http://erelda.ca
Location Type Away from it all, Downtown, Lake
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in CAD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$242||$242||$1,355||$0||1 night|
|Jun. 28 2013 - Sep. 29 2013
studio weekend 2 N min.
|Jul. 1 2013 - Sep. 26 2013
week night / weekly
|All Other Dates||$242||$242||$1,355||-||1 night|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- 13% HST - 13% of rental - Tax - harmonized sales tax
- additional people - $19 / day - Per-Person Adjustment - Basic rate includes 2 adults and 2 children, Studio only.
- pets - $10 / day - Per-Person Adjustment
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: April 12, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
A wonderful and unique place to stay!
We spent a fantastic few days with David and Ellen Smiley, very kind and generous hosts who truly welcome you into their home. The Belvedere room -- at the very top of the house with lots of windows -- is small but very comfortable and clean. It is truly like no other room you will have stayed in, plus you get the bonus of David and Ellen's tasty breakfasts and interesting conversation in the morning.
The island location is absolutely beautiful: a place with a strong sense of creative community and nice little beaches overlooking Lake Ontario on one side and Toronto on the other. The ferry to the island costs $6.50 return, takes fifteen minutes from the harbour front, and offers terrific views of down-town Toronto. If you want to be at the heart of the action, it is possible that you might think this a little isolating, but we found that the ferries left often enough and late enough into the evening that they never inconvenienced our plans at all. If anything the boat trip added something to our experience in differing weather conditions and light!
One other practical thing to consider is Timmy, an incredibly friendly canine member of the household. If you really don't like staying up close and personal with a dog, this might not be the right choice for you, but we had no problems at all (and are definitely not exceptionally tolerant of pets).
Overall, we would not hesitate to recommend Smiley's. For a couple, it is as cheap as many of the hostels and less salubrious guest-houses over the water, and it is so, so much more as an experience. Certainly, if we ever head back to Toronto, we know where we will be staying!
The perfect place to stay in Toronto
I was delighted to find somewhere to rent on Toronto Island for our family holiday from England. When we arrived, David met us at the ferry and helped us take our cases to the house. A lovely welcome to these wonderful islands.
The property is beautiful! David's partner is an architect, and she has designed this area with grace and skill - maximising light and creating a natural circulation of air around the property so that inside always felt relatively cool despite the humidity outside. The space is light and airy, spacious enough for our family of 4 to feel very comfortable and to use this as a base for a week. The kitchen area is well-equipped for cooking, and David provided food for breakfast each morning (lots of fresh fruit, good coffee, home baked breads etc.) There is a dining area inside, or one can eat al fresco at an outside table and barbeque area.
In terms of welcome - we soon felt very much at home. We enjoyed spending time with our hosts, and our children adored playing with their dog. David went out of his way to ensure that we had a truly memorable holiday. One of my favourite memories is captured in a photo showing David helping my husband to take the canoe out with my children - our two girls were wide-eyed with happiness at their first trip on the water.
We loved this holiday and we can't wait to return!
Rick Kim and Claire
Our visit to a bit of peace and quiet, in Downtown Toronto
Smiley's B and B Is situated in the midst of a quiet residential Park in the heart of downtown Toronto. David and Ellen are very congenial and unobtrusive hosts who are only too happy to share their enjoyment of the islands and the city with their guests.
Smiley's accommodation is a very well designed one-bedroom loft space with two bathrooms and a full kitchen. I can't think of a more pleasant and peaceful place to stay in our wonderful city.