Smiley's Bed and Breakfast Information for 2016
Your hosts are David and Ellen
Address: 4 Dacotah AV
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5J 2E5
Please call 416-203-8599 for reservations.
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Bookings for the Studio are normally made ahead of the desired dates. Call for availability of the Belvedere. The Belvedere is more likely to be available for last minute bookings.
The Belvedere is available year round. The Studio is available from June 3 to the end of September or October.
Please consult the "Availability" tab on the Navigation bar to see if the Studio or the Belvedere are available for the nights that interest you. Contact me with nights you desire for either accommodation and give a brief description of your party. Please let me know if you want to be notified if there is a cancellation.
After we determine that the space is available I will pencil you in and ask you to mail me a deposit of approximately half of the fee. We do not have the ability to process charge or debit cards. I will confirm your reservation on receipt. The deposit is refundable, minus 20% if your cancellation is received 28 days before your arrival date. After that point there is no refund.
We can receive deposits by interact money transfer, PayPal, by check drawn on a Canadian bank or through international money orders from around the world. Please contact me for details. I can send you a request for money (the deposit) through PayPal and you can make your payment by credit card if you wish.
Check in time is 2:00 P.M. Check out is 12:00 P.M.
We will try to accommodate dropping off luggage earlier and leaving it later if you want to enjoy the Islands outside of the check in/out times.
A canoe is available for rent at a nominal charge. Some bikes are available. There may be a charge.
Available all year. Enter through the front doors of the house.
This is a delightful little room with nine windows at the top of the house. It has a 48" × 75" (approximately 120 cm × 190 cm) wide futon bed suitable for a single or couple. This size of bed is known as a "Prince" or "small double" or "three-quarter." Guests in this room will share the bathroom with our family and could breakfast with us or join friends renting the apartment if that was the situation.
On occasion Ellen and I have swapped bedrooms with guests to give our guests a room on the same level as the bathroom. The Belvedere is seven steps up from the second floor.
Cost per night is $106 night plus $113.78 HST. The total tax included is $119.78 Weekly the cost, tax included is $83/n + tax for a total weekly cost of $656.53
There is no TV and no smoking in the Belvedere. You are welcome to join us for TV in the living room and smoke on the covered porch. There is limited access to the kitchen.
The Studio Suite
No smoking in the apartment.
Available nightly in 2014 from June 5 through September 27.
(Other times the rental is monthly for the term of the off season. Contact me if interested.)
This apartment is a self-contained housekeeping unit that can accommodate four people. Enter from the private porch in the back yard into the airy, open-concept apartment. The kitchen is full sized and fully equipped. There is a four-piece bath, dining suite and a (double-size) futon bed/couch on the main floor. Other living room amenities include a TV with off-air channels and a DVD player also a boom box with radio, CD and MP3 input.. For high speed internet access you can hook your laptop up to the Ethernet cable or use password protected WiFi if you wish.
Up the stairs in the loft there is the double bed and a powder room, (toilet & sink.)
Two can sleep on the fold-out double futon bed/couch in the living area. We supply towels and bedding.
The cost is $257.50/night plus $33.48 HST, total $290.98 There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends.
The weekly (any 7 nights) rate is $1400 plus $182 HST, total $1582.
Prices are based on two adults and up to 2 children under 18 years of age. Each additional adult add $25 /night. Additional children & dogs add $10 each per night. Sorry no cats due to allergies.
Guest are responsible to pay for damage or special cleaning. Normally the pet surcharge covers the extra cleaning needed.
Breakfast food is provided e.g.: fruit, cereal, juice, bacon, eggs, milk, fresh home-baked bread or croissants, coffee, tea and incidentals. Please let us know if you have dietary requirements.
Because the unit is a housekeeping apartment guests prepare their meals and tidy up on their own.
There are basic ingredients in the pantry: tea, coffee, honey, sugar, flour, oil, vinegar, canned pasta sauce, pasta, assorted spices and perhaps other things. We have a small garden so there will be fresh herbs in season.
Rental of the House
During the last 2 weeks of August the house is normally available for rent at the same cost and similar conditions as the Studio Apartment. The house has 3 bedrooms, including the Belvedere. There is a 6 night minimum during this time.
During our absence from the house a neighbour is hired to supply the support that we would. Initially breakfast foods will be provided but you will purchase all you need after that. This is a housekeeping rental. You are expected to tidy up as required as you would do at home.
Photos of the house are not published but available on request.
Common spaces and resources will be shared with tenants in the Studio. Theses include the back yard BBQ, available bikes and the canoe.
Parking & the Ferry
Automobile parking is relatively expensive close to the ferry dock but there are a number of lots to choose from. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island with few exceptions. If you can, leave your car at home and bring your bikes!
If you need to park a car the following car park may give you the best price.
Pinnacle Car Park at 16 Yonge Street do a discounted rate for consecutive days of $25/day (can be as much as $45). You can arrange parking by calling Henny or Addisa at 416-363-9416 and giving them your licence # and times and dates of arrival and departure. Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit card. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The ferry schedules vary with the seasons.
Phone 416-392-8194 for information. Tickets are sold as return fares, $7.25 for adults, and $4.75 for seniors (65 yrs. +) and $3.50 for children 2 to 14 yrs and youth aged 15 to 19 with a student card, pay $4.75 Tickets purchased in multiples of ten receive a discount. Monthly passes are available.
Tickets are now available on line. click here
To Get to Our Bed and Breakfast
View on Google maps
View on a map of Toronto Islands
Take the ferry to Ward's Island.
Our place is a 10-minute walk from the Ward's Island ferry dock. The route from the ferry dock follows.
Follow the main road, Cibola Avenue, west until you come to the first bridge. Cross over and you are on Algonquin Island. Turn left, you will be walking west two blocks on Omaha Avenue to Dacotah Avenue. We are three houses from the corner in the house with a picket fence. There is a sign "Smiley's B&B."
The entrance to the Studio Suite is at the rear of the house. Guests using the Belvedere enter through the front door.
If you have a lot to carry please let me know and I can advise you on your options and how I can help.
Water taxis servicing the islands. Weather permitting they run from mid-April until New Years Day . I can recomment the folowing two services.
Both provide on-demand service 24 hours a day and late night scheduled service at 12:30 and 1:30 at a reasonable rate. Call for information.
Roddy's phone 416-570-8004
Ralph's phone 416-203-TAXI (8294.)
Transportation Options - walk, cycle or roller-blade
The Toronto Islands are a barrier island of sand stretching about 5 kilometers and protecting the Toronto harbour. Many people walk, some run the 10 kilometre circuit for recreation or in races.
Bicycles are the transportation mode of choice for most Islanders so if you can, bring your bikes. Rentals of bicycles and quadracycles are available from a kiosk on Centre Island in warm weather. Cost ranges from $7 to $28./hour with no maximum.
Bikes and roller-blades can be rented by the day from Wheel Excitement Inc. on the mainland, not far from the Bay Street Ferry Dock. Phone 416-260-9000 Website http://www.wheelexcitement.ca Email email@example.com
We may let you rent our canoe and we have a couple of older bikes and a adult trike that may fit you.
Food & Stores
There are no stores on the Island but a full selection of food and drink is available with-in walking distance of the ferry dock on the mainland.
There are two restaurants in the residential community on the island. The Rectory is normally open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on the off season and 7 days a week with extended hours in the summer. Please contact the management for details and reservations.
Phone 416-203-2152. Website http://rectorycafe.com/tabid/170/Default.aspx Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The cafe in the Ward's Island Clubhouse is open from the Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving. Website http://torontoislandcafe.com/
Dinner during the Winter
In any case we will not let you go hungry. You have the option to have supper with us. A cost will apply based on the value of the meal, generally $18 to $25. Bring your favorite beverages.
Our guests have use of our BBQ in all seasons.
If you want to treat yourself while you are here I can recommend:
Alice's House of Big Hair – email email@example.com or phone 416-203-0781
Just Imagine Bodywork: Reflexology & Aromatherapy: Delwyn Higgins – 416-203-0948
Try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) this summer! What better place to try it than the beautiful Toronto Island just minutes from the Toronto downtown core. http://www.torontoislandsup.com/
Island Community website
The Island community has a good web site with a wealth of information. http://torontoisland.org
Wikipedia's entry is very informative
Ellen and I look forward to showing you the friendly Canadian hospitality of the Toronto Islands.
Give me a call, or email if I can be of further assistance.