Boats

Tugboat Radium Yellowknife delivering sandbags, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Radium Yellowknife

The heavy tug Radium Yellowknife dwarfs the waiting shed while delivering sandbags for ongoing operations during the Flood of 2017.

Ferry Ongiara and Bayview dike, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sandbag Skyline

Ongiara sails past the sandbag dike on Bayview Ave.

Ferry William Inglis and Bayview Dike, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Inglis Wall

William Inglis sails past the sandbag dike on Bayview Ave.


Sandbagging on Bayview, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bagging Bayview

Sandbag operations begin on Bayview Ave. as the William Inglis sails past.

Bulk carrier Algoma Spirit, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

Algoma Spirit

Surreal fog shrouds the Algoma Spirit in the wake of an April storm system.

Toronto ferry Trillium in dry dock with Gordon Champion

Trillium’s Last Stand II

Gordon Champion, one of the original architects of Trillium’s resurrection back in the ’70s, gives scale to Trillium at Toronto Drydock.


Toronto ferry Trillium, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Trillium’s Last Stand I

Ferry Trillium approaches Toronto Drydock, where she will be lifted from the water and placed on a barge for inspection.

Large crowds getting on and off ferry Ongiara, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Climate Change Schedule

A balmy 22°C October day shows the inadequacy of the winter schedule:  a crowd of people Island-side prevents the passengers of Ongiara from disembarking.  With only one boat running, some tourists had waited for three boats to try to leave the Island. Click image to view larger.

A huge lineup waits to board the ferry William Inglis, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The New Reality

A huge lineup of people files onto the William Inglis on a summer Saturday evening.  The lineup, beyond the capacity of the ferry, stretched around the waiting shed and halfway to the old firehall.


Traffic jam in front of ferry docks, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Harbour Jam

The Wm. Lyon Mackenzie, leaving Centre Island dock, attempts to thread her way through a traffic jam of water taxis.  Eight taxis were attempting to get into the dock (six visible here) at the same time, a serious concern for paddlers attempting to cross the increasingly busy approach. Click image to view larger.

Frost flowers in front of the Rapids Queen, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Flowers for the Queen

Frost flowers adorn the ice in front of the Rapids Queen.

Ferry Ongiara in heavy steam, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Steamy Ongiara 2016

Ongiara sails into heavy steam during a -25°C cold snap.


Jadran Captain John's under tow, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

Final Voyage (timelapse)

The Jadran, aka Captain Johns, sails out the Eastern Gap and into history after anchoring the foot of Yonge St. for nearly 40 years. 112MB MP4 video assembled from footage from five cameras.

Ferry Ongiara side loading at ferry dock, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Side Loadin’

Wonders will never cease. Top: Ongiara, doing a work run, ties up beside Ward’s dock in a perfect position to side load, something that they seem incapable of doing in winter when the dock becomes unusable due to ice. Bottom: Something I’ve never seen before, two ferries (Ongiara and William Inglis) at Ward’s dock. Excuse […]

Ice damage to Ongiara prop, ferry docks, Toronto Islands

Unlucky Clover

Not much remains of one of Ongiara’s props after the winter of 2014-15:  only one blade is left.  Heavy harbour ice sheared all of the other blades clean off.  The damage is much worse than this image, taken during the winter of 2011-12. Image provided by one of the deckhands.


Please do not feed the Ongiara, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Ongiara Warning

A whimsical sign adorns the new fencing (aka ‘The Cage’) at the Ward’s Island ferry docks.

Ferry Ongiara in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Positive Negative

The changing face of Spring ice in the inner harbour reflects the darkness of an early morning and the lightness of an overcast midday.

Ferry Ongiara first docking of 2015, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Oh Beautiful Boat

Ongiara makes the first successful docking of 2015 at Ward’s Island, on March 18.  This was a trial run without passengers, but heralds a potential return to service after four brutish weeks of commuting through the Island Airport.


CBC web article, Feb 15 2015, Toronto ferry ice issues

In the Media

CBC tweets and articles note problems with the ferry service during a February cold snap in the winter of 2014/15. Link to original article, and to the original tweet.

Ongiara in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Boat to Nowhere

Ongiara makes her way across the harbour through the thickest ice seen in years.

William Lyon Mackenzie in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Ice Race

The William Lyon Mackenzie slams past Ongiara, after helping to clear the dock of ice.


Algosteel, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Algosteel on Ice

The Algosteel arrives in Toronto Harbour, one of the last ships of the season, after the ice storm of December 2013.

Ferry William Inglis in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

One Winter Evening

William Inglis makes her way through the frozen inner harbour, with the Toronto skyline as backdrop.

Ferry William Inglis in ice, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Dock Formations

William Inglis sits in dock at Wards Island, the frozen lagoon visible in the foreground.


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