The only problem with spending an easy, breezy summer day escaping the grind at the Toronto Island is knowing that you have to go back home by the time the last ferry leaves.
Or, do you?
Helping both your summer fun and staycation causes, you might be happy to know that you can rent an Airbnb on the island.
This sweet, open-concept wooden bungalow can accommodate five people comfortably. The two-bedroom house features a slanted-ceiling second-floor loft bedroom, a washer/dryer, dishwasher, claw-foot bathtub, gas fireplace, Wi-Fi and a large yard with a year-round BBQ.
Rate: $300 per night with a $75 cleaning fee.
If you’re looking for cozy, self-contained and simple, you’ll find it at this small suite on the Toronto Island. Ideal for a single person or a couple, it features a private entrance, kitchen, bathroom, a bedroom full of down-filled pillows and comforters, Wi-Fi, a dual washer/dryer and outdoor space. Added perks include a Keurig coffee maker, a picnic blanket and beach towels.
Rate: $150 per night.
This one-bedroom cottage is cozy yet modern, featuring a newly renovated kitchen and bathroom. A living room couch folds out into a double bed, allowing the spot to accommodate up to four people. Added perks include an indoor fireplace and a laptop-friendly workspace (perfect for the digital nomads).
Rate: $178 per night with a $35 cleaning fee.
This cozy cottage would work for those seeking more of a simple, no frills (one of the bedrooms features a mattress on the ground) and no fuss accommodation. The two-bedroom, three bed spot can accommodate up to four people. Perks include a BBQ and Wi-Fi.
Rate: $209 per night with a $90 cleaning fee.
If you have a thing for the water and aren’t afraid to rough it a little (as in, use shared toilets and showers), you can enjoy the island from the comfort of a sailboat that sleeps four. Located just 300 metres from the beach, the sailboat (which is described as “a little old” but “constantly updated”) is docked along the sea wall. Transportation to and from the boat is provided.
Rate: $180 per night.
Whatever you choose, remember that the island is virtually a ghost town after 11 pm and loud noise after this time is definitely not cool with the local residents.