Boats

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.


Ferry William Inglis in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Snowtrack

William Inglis makes her way through the frozen inner harbour, now completely covered in snow after a December blizzard.

Ferry William Inglis in ice, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

The Strangest of Sights

William Inglis, navigation lights ablaze, approaches Wards Island through snow, ice, and winter ducks.

Ferry William Inglis in ice, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Iceline

William Inglis skirts the edge of the ice, approaching Wards Island in driving snow.


Ferry William Inglis in ice, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Ice Track

William Inglis approaches Wards Island through thickening ice in the frozen inner harbour.

Ferry William Inglis in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Early Ice-in

William Inglis makes her way through a frozen inner harbour, approaching Wards Island.

Ferry William Inglis in ice at twilight, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Ice Track II

William Inglis approaches Wards Dock through a track kept open in the ice, as twilight settles over the skyline.


Ferry William Inglis in blizzard at night, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Ghost Ship II

Passengers depart William Inglis at Wards Island dock in a driving blizzard.  The lights on her second deck have been turned off  to provide power to heaters in the wheelhouses, the William Inglis and her sisters were never designed to operate in winter.

Ferry William Inglis in snow, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Thank You For Visiting

Passengers wait in the snow to board the ferry William Inglis.

Ferry William Inglis in ice, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

Cold Approach

William Inglis slowly approaches Wards Island dock through accumulating ice, her bow adorned with icicles and snow.


Ferry William Inglis in snow and ice, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Wintery Inglis

Islanders wait to board the William Inglis in a December snowfall. Click image to view larger.

Ferry William Inglis in snowstorm, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Into the Unknown

William Inglis sails into a blizzard, departing Wards Island dock at 11:45am.

Ongiara Drydock

  Ongiara finally makes her way into drydock, almost a month behind schedule.  Pumpout of the drydock was estimated at 1-2 hours, but ended up lasting over four hours, finishing up long after dark.


Kayaking in early morning ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Harbour Dawn

After going through Hanlan’s and the airport for almost six weeks in 2004 the ice was pretty thick, and the City contracted out one of the largest tugs in the harbour to break up the ice as much as possible. After six weeks of relative silence the crunchy tinkling sound woke me up, in time […]

Toronto Island Community on the ferry Ongiara, Toronto Islands

Conglomeration

Time warp back to 2004, and a sudden cold snap breaks the Ward’s dock hydraulics, trapping the Ongiara in place for several hours. The legendary ingenuity of the Island community came to the fore, assuming that having everyone run from one end of the boat to the other might shift it enough to get free […]

Waiting on the Maple City ferry, Toronto Island Airport, Toronto Islands

Airport Waiting

Sarah waits in the passenger cabin of the old Maple City ferry back in 2001, in the good ol’ days of going through the Airport when the Ongiara was out of commission.


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