The Toronto Islands (formerly known as Island of Hiawatha and is also known as Menecing) are a chain of small islands in the city of Toronto, Ontario. Comprising the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre, and provide shelter for Toronto Harbour. The islands are a popular recreational destination, and are home to a small residential community and to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. They are connected to the mainland by several ferry services and, as of 2014, an underwater pedestrian tunnel will be completed. The tunnel will connect the Toronto mainland at the foot of Eireann Quay to the airport terminal at the Billy Bishop Airport. The 800 feet (240 m) pedestrian tunnel will have moving sidewalks and elevators at both ends. On the island side, an escalator will also be constructed.
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