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It might be hard to picture today, but Toronto’s famous islands haven’t always been an oasis away from the mainland. In fact, the Islands are a relatively recent natural creation traceable to a single powerful storm in the 1850s. Before that, the land now home to Centreville and Billy Bishop airport maintained a permanent physical connection to the rest of Toronto.
The earliest available records describe what is now Centre Island and its surroundings as an nine-kilometre sand spit attached to