Toronto Island was originally a peninsula, jutting out into Lake Ontario from Toronto’s eastern end. In 1858, a violent storm caused waves to cut through it, separating it from the mainland and transforming it into the collection of islands it is today. Prior to European colonization, the land was a sacred place for Indigenous peoples, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, who used the island for hunting, fishing and as a healing ground for the sick.

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