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Top 5 Ways to See Toronto by Boat


Summer is the perfect time to get out motorboating, paddleboarding, tall ships, kayaking, yachts and more, all from the city’s waterfront

Summer is the perfect time to get and enjoy all the on water action available in Toronto. Whether it’s motorboating, paddleboarding, tall ships, kayaking, yachts or any other water sport, he city’s waterfront has it all on offer.

Here are the top 5 ways to experience Toronto by water this summer:

With a monthly subscription from May-October, Skipperi offers access to a new, fully equipped, smart fleet of motorboats without the hassle of ownership, making boating accessible for everyone. photo by Skipperi

Get a Boat Membership

Do you love boating but ownership is out of reach? Enter Skipperi, which is enjoying its first summer in Toronto! With a monthly subscription from May-October, Skipperi offers access to a new, fully equipped, smart fleet of motorboats without the hassle of ownership, making boating accessible for everyone. You only pay during the boating season and book your boat on their easy-to-use app!

Toronto Island SUP offers paddleboarding ad kayaking lessons. photo by Toronto Island SUP

Go Paddleboarding, Canoeing and Kayaking

Did you know you can kayak in Toronto? It’s a fun and approachable way to explore Toronto’s harbour! Head over to Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre and try something new this weekend.

Now in its 10th season, Toronto Island SUP also offers paddleboarding and kayaking lessons and rentals from Toronto Island. This is a wonderful way to get out on the water and explore the stunning scenery! They also offer Paddlebirding, tours with professional birders who help you spot wildlife, Sunset Safaris, with incredible sunset views, and SUP Yoga, where you can challenge your core and nourish your soul in Toronto’s naturally calm aquatic oasis.

Empire Sandy photo provided by Empire Sandy

Enjoy a Cruise on a Tall Ship

All aboard Toronto’s Kajama, a traditional 165-foot, three-masted Schooner boat cruise sailing daily from the waterfront. On this not-to-be-missed sail for locals and travellers alike, riders can enjoy a ride all around the Toronto harbour, with fun surprises along the way and a fully licensed bar and restaurant. 

See Toronto harbour by yacht. Toronto Yachts has vessels that can host anywhere from 8 to 100 people
photo by Toronto Yachts

Go Sailing

Ever dreamed of taking a sail on a yacht? Now’s your chance with Toronto Yachts! With vessels for anywhere from 8-100 people, this is the perfect way to check out the Toronto harbour. Great for birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, family excursions or corporate events. 

Set sail from the Toronto Harbour with Gone Sailing Adventures‘ fleet of yachts this summer! Take a sail and enjoy a beautiful sunny day or sunset on the water. Gone Sailing Adventures has private or shared sails, shared sailing events, a sailing school and boat rentals – there’s something for everyone!

Or, don’t miss a ride on Empire Sandy, Canada’s largest sailing tall ship! Day and evening sails will help you host and coordinate the most unique private events with picturesque views and unforgettable experiences. 

Enjoy the best views of the city aboard City Cruises Toronto

Take a Toronto Harbour Cruise

Enjoy the best views the city has to offer aboard City Cruises Toronto! Enjoy a variety of dining and sightseeing cruises or book a private event along Toronto’s Harbour while you take in picturesque views of the iconic skyline and attractions, including the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Queen’s Quay Terminal, Harbourfront Centre, HTO Park, and more. You can go for cruises at brunch, on holidays, in the evening – so many options.

Also available is Toronto Harbour Cruises, which offers both private lunch and dinner cruises for all occasions and public cruises perfect for birthdays, engagements, bachelor parties or simply a ton of fun!

Take a water taxi to the islands. photo by Waterfront BIA

Water Taxis

Beloved island day trips are back and better than ever! To get across, look no further than Toronto’s Tiki TaxiT Dot Water Taxi or Pirate Taxi to travel from the city dock to the Toronto Island shore. Services are available from 10 a.m. every day!

Learn All the Ways You Can Get Out on the Water

The opportunities to enjoy Toronto’s waterfront are endless and you no longer have to leave the city to enjoy the water! Check out the Waterfront BIAs website for more information on all the ways you can get out and explore Toronto’s shores.

by Sneha Lohtia

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