It’s Always Sunny at Centreville!

Centreville

This past Saturday we made our way to the London VIA Rail station for a trip to Toronto to visit Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island.

For me and Little S it would be our first visit to Centreville; for my husband, who was born and raised in Toronto, it was his umpteenth visit, but we were all equally excited. As a parent, there is no greater joy than watching your child experience something exciting for the first time.

GETTING TO THE ISLAND

Centreville Ferry

Not only was our visit to Centreville super-exciting but getting there was just as much fun! We decided to take the train from London to Toronto. When you factor in the cost of fuel, parking and time spent in Toronto traffic, three train tickets makes a lot of sense in comparison, not to mention the ease and lack of stress travelling by train offers.

Our train arrived in just enough time to use the bathroom and walk to Queens Quay to catch the 11:00 am ferry over to the island. This was another adventure in and of itself. Little S had never been on a boat before and she was on cloud nine during her ferry trip!

For just $17.50, the 3 of us were able to get to and from the island and enjoy this memorable “first” together. And the backdrop of the Toronto skyline as we rode the ferry was priceless, especially for this city-loving family!

After an almost-not-long-enough 15 minutes, we arrived at Centre Island and exited the ferry. From there it was a short walk (about 10 minutes) to Centreville for our day of fun.

TICKET PRICES

There is no general admission to enter Centreville which is really great; to enjoy the rides you can purchase a Ride All Day pass or individual ride tickets and prices vary depending on your choice. Check out the Plan Your Trip link on the Centreville website to see the full price list but here is a summary:

  • Ordering your tickets online saves you money e.g. Family Ride All Day pass is $111.80 at the gate or $106.13 online.
  • The more tickets you buy, the cheaper they are e.g. 25 tickets = $25, 65 tickets – $60
  • Group rates are available and offer a pass discount
  • Season passes are available

THE RIDES

Centreville Rides

As a first-time visitor, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the rides at Centreville, but I can share that I was thoroughly impressed. There is something for everybody; rides for small children like the Kiddie Boat, family rides like the Swan Ride, fun rides like the Bumper Boats and more daring rides like the Log Flume.

Little S loved the fact that she could go on rides all by herself and she must have loved this because she went on the Fire Engines ride about five different times! My husband and I loved the Ferris Wheel as it provided a bird’s eye view of the Toronto skyline and we all loved the Centreville Train ride (we rode it twice) as it provides a relaxing view of the entire park.

WORKING UP AN APPETITE

Centreville Carousel Cafe

Of course, all this fun created some hungry tummies so we chose to have a nice sit-down meal at the Carousel Café. The prices were reasonable for an attraction based restaurant and the food was very good! My recommendation is to try the Grille Vegetable Flatbread…yum!

There are also more budget-friendly options inside of Centreville like Pizza Pizza, Chester Chewy’s Sub Shop and Cider Bar to name a few.  Or you can even bring your own picnic to enjoy at the park or on the island.

FAR ENOUGH FARM

Centreville Far Enough Farm

Another highlight of our trip was our visit to Far Enough Farm which is now operated by Centreville so there is no additional cost for admission. We loved taking a break from the rides to meet some of the farm residents like Buttercup the cow, the talkative peacocks and the cutest and most unusual rabbits called Lionhead Rabbits.

MAKE IT A DAY TRIP

Whether you are a Toronto/GTA resident or a dweller of a nearby city like us, a visit to Centreville and Centre Island makes an excellent day trip for families. There is so much to see and do that combines fun, education and physical activity for the whole family.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Centreville is now open for weekends in May. It will also be open 7 days/week for June, July and August and weekends in September. Hours vary so be sure to check out the Centreville website.

This post was generously sponsored by Centreville, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.centreisland.ca.

 City Mom

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