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Description from owner
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The Bay Window B & B & B is a short ferry boat ride from downtown Toronto - the core of entertainment and culture in Canada's largest city. The Toronto Islands park is a chain of several interconnected islands and home to a small community of 250 houses located on Ward's and Algonquin Island. The Bay Window B & B & B is located on Ward's Island and has been in operation for several years. (The extra 'B' represents a feature of this island accommodation - bicycles large and small are available for guests at no charge.) For a $40/day charge you can on site the classic island quadruped. We are LGBTQ positive. There is also a wine tasting specialist and a massage therapists available for bookings here on Ward's Island.
The charming cottages and gardens located on our islands are what attract city folk to our community. As a passionate gardener my home is surrounded by flowering plants and shrubs. This brand new accommodation is a completely private space tucked into our back garden. It has a sunny bed room with a Queen size bed, an ensuite bathroom, a private entrance from the garden and a private patio. The facility was newly built (2007) and located on the ground floor. The room is equipped with a refrigerator, electric kettle and wired/wireless internet access. This is a pet free zone and a non-smoking accommodation. Please inquire about wheel chair access. Please view the calendar as most weekends book quickly for the summer. I book one night during the week only, not on weekends. Payment: cheque, postal money order, internet transfer, cash. (Sorry no Pay Pal, credit cards or payment through this website.)
Breakfast is served at the Island Cafe, a two minute walk from the Bay Window. The cafe is owned and operated by a Island family and offers our guests a supreme 'hit of Island culture'. When the cafe is closed during inclement weather in May or at the end of September a breakfast is brought to the room.
There are lots of recreational opportunities here. The closest beach on Ward's Island is two minutes away. The notorious Hanlan's Point clothing optional beach is a bicycle ride away and the only one in the city. The boardwalk extends along the southern shores of the island chain and provides a scenic location to walk or run. Roller blading, birdwatching and picnicking are popular activities in the summer. Boat rentals and the Centre Island Theme park for children is a 40 minute walk away. Community events are open to visitors and our Ward's Island clay tennis courts are accessible for $20 from 1-4pm on weekdays. Tennis courts are also found on Hanlan's Point at no charge. For something different, check out wine tastings hosted by Nupur of Island Vines - a fun and informative adventure into food and wine hosted on Wards Island. Check out her website by the same name. Or, kick back with a massage by Gwen Chalmers, RMT ...right in your room! Contact info will be sent upon booking.
There is a seasonal eatery run by locals called the Island Cafe. It is 2 minutes from my home. There are other restaurants beyond Ward's Island that are opened seasonally when Centre Island theme park is operating. These restaurants are about a 35 minute walk away.
If entertainment is desired in the city the ferry boats run frequently all day long until 11:30pm and a Water Taxi is available after that point to deliver you back to Ward's Island. The Islanders are bike riding commuters that are proud of their community and its pleasures.
Once a guest has booked at the Bay Window B&B&B, an Information Sheet is provided indicating the departure times of the ferry, location of city parking and contact numbers for the restaurants, the water taxi, and other facilities.
I hope to see you here soon!
Inese, host of the Bay Window B & B & B
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Book this 1 bedroom b and b in Toronto today! A total of 3 people can sleep here comfortably.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 20 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $630 to as high as $761, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 65% of inquiries, which is lower than average, and last updated the property’s calendar Mar 07, 2019.
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About the owner
About the owner
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- Calendar last updated:
- 07 Mar 2019
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Languages spoken: English
- Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 11:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your vacation rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Toronto Attractions
- Central heating
- Clothes dryer
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet access
- Wireless Internet
- Bicycles available
- Shared garden
- Tennis in town
- Smoking not allowed
- 1 Attached (ensuite)
– based on 20 reviews
- Very Good
“The best relaxed 24hrs, away from the the city..”
It was our wedding anniversary & since our busy life in Toronto could not allow us for greater escapes, visiting & remaining to Ward's Island, was the best idea! We had a quick access from the city, walking distance to the house & a small paradise would await for us. Inese's house is beautiful, renovated & well kept. The photos where the same with reality only with more flowers! The room was on a more private site, stylish, clean & super organized for it's space. We had a very private staying, quite & relaxing as we wanted. The island is a compact of a paradise. We dinned at the Rectory Cafe, which is an amazing restaurant by the lake. We saw the sunset by the beach & took photos & we had a lovely awaking with sounds of the birds the next morning. In the morning after our check out we went for breakfast at the Island Cafe where homegrown & homemade delights where awaiting. It's within the same building from all the communities of so many years & you can get a look inside for a wonderful photographic documentation. We had such a good time, where taking the ferry back to the city, was the most disappointing part. We are definitely going back to Inese, soon enough. We would definitely recommended & we shared our experiences with our friends so they can visit as well. Thank you for sharing your unique space with the rest of the world Inese. :)
“Your warmth & hospitality made our stay more memorable”
Dear Inese, We just wanted to express how much we enjoyed our short stay with you back in September. Your warmth & hospitality made our stay more memorable. Really appreciated your words of advice & encouragement regarding life on the island. It has renewed my hope, being on the list since 2001, I honestly thought it was never going to happen. So hopefully in the next few years, we will be part of the island community. Have a wonderful Christmas and we hope to come again next summer.
“I'll be back...”
One hates to start off the review with a title composed of the words spoken by a Republican movie star, but hey...it's true. I stayed at this great little B&B; during my time working at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 for almost two weeks. This being my first time in Toronto I welcomed the 15 minute ferry crossings for fantastic views of the cityscape (day, but especially night). By the time I'd hit day three of work (as a journalist and researcher) I welcomed the tranquillity and respite of the Island even more (the city swells by some 500,000 people more during tiff). Not only was this a busy time for me but I was fairly exhausted with work, so the space and grace to chat and interact with the hosts when I chose to was warmly appreciated. Getting to know both Inese and her mother Ruta over breakfast some mornings was an added bonus - what warm, friendly, and intelligent people. I plan on returning to Toronto for sure at some point in the future - when my daughter is up to the flight all the way from Scotland - as I missed the chance to take in Niagara Falls. It's the skyline-view ferry experience, comfort, cleanliness, and mean maple syrup pancakes for breakfast that'll make me choose this venue once more. Perhaps more than that though I'll certainly be looking forward to catching up with Inese and Ruta in the future, and can't wait to have my little one explore the lush green islands.
“A friendly, comfortable, beautifully located B & B in Toronto”
Toronto Island is an oasis of parkland in Toronto Harbour, and Bay Window B & B is my favourite place, by far, to stay there. The room, bed, and in-room bathroom are comfortable, artistically furnished and decorated, and spotless. There is a private entrance for post-city-visit entry, which is convenient. The breakfast part of the B & B is superb and flexible, and the owner/manager, Inese Gravlejs, is friendly, clever, articulate and sensitive to varying needs for talk or privacy, depending on the guest. Toronto Island itself is a 5 kilometre long park with two sections of private housing, all about 3 kms from the downtown of Toronto. The island is beautiful to explore, to swim from the several beaches, bike along paths, eat at the excellent restaurant which is a five minute walk from the B & B, or to simply take breaks from the urban bliss that is only 15 minutes away by relatively-cheap-and-easy ferry. This is a wonderful place, run by wonderful people; make a point of staying here.
Best kept secret in the city. I hesitate to promote but too many people are missing out on this rare opportunity to escape from the city while being 20 min away. The room was beautiful and bright. The bathroom was brand new and the eating area was personal and quaint. Inese took great care of us and helped us get organized so we could live (briefly) like true islanders. Come prepared with plenty of food/drink and book early for a special meal at the Rectory. Stroll from island to island without needing to constantly check the time and the ferry schedule. Evenings are quiet and so beautiful with the city laid out before you. This will be an annual affair for sure. Thanks, Inese!!
“Best Kept Secret in Toronto”
Imagine a quiet B&B; in a magical bikes-only community a quick 15 minutes away by Ferry boat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. Toronto Island is one of the treasures of the City, and being able to spend a few nights there was a real treat. Accomodations at the Bay Window B&B; are simple but comfortable, and the breakfasts were delicious. But the highlights were long strolls along the boardwalk in the morning, bike rides throughout Toronto's nicest park system, and lunch and dinner at the local cafes. We will be back again next summer -- though this time we will bring a few frisbees so we can enjoy the 18 hole frisbee-olf course near CentreIsland !!