Province/Territory: Ontario

Canoe Paddle and Beach Dining

  • 40 ft. canoe
  • 03 kms of paddling
  • 13 islands

Take your place in a heritage freighter canoe, a replica of the ones used by Canada’s earliest explorers--the fur traders. Paddle across the waters of Lake Ontario to the beautiful Toronto Islands, the largest urban, car-free community in North America.
Glide through a bird sanctuary and scour the shoreline for egrets, great blue herons, beavers, painted turtles and more. Revel in tales of haunted lighthouses and lost treasures. Learn about the area from the ice age to modern day. Slip past sailboats and yacht clubs. As the sun sets, come ashore for a waterside, gourmet meal prepared by one of Toronto's hottest chefs using seasonal and local ingredients. Then when darkness arrives, reboard the canoe and paddle back, marvelling at the sight of planes flying low overhead, Toronto's unique and iconic skyline aglow and the CN Tower directing you with a streaming light show.

Why you should visit

• Enjoy peaceful serenity, mere minutes from the largest city in Canada.
• Be one of the few to say they've paddled a heritage-size canoe, which can seat anywhere from 8 to 20 people.
• Enjoy a Chef-prepared seasonal gourmet picnic featuring local products.
• Learn where Babe Ruth, baseball's most famous homerun king, slugged his first dinger as a professional.
• Explore an island on foot, that was the playground of Toronto's elite back in the 1800s.

Weather

• Toronto enjoys four full seasons. Summer (June to September) sees warm and dry weather, with increased precipitation in the spring and fall, and snowfall over winter (December to March).
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

Hours & Admission Prices.
• Tuesday and Thursday evenings (May to September).
• Meet at the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre, next to the Radisson Hotel.
• Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.
• This is a non-alcoholic event; iced tea, lemonade, soft drinks and water are provided.

When to go

• July and August are Toronto's warmest months.

Need to know

• Previous paddling experience is NOT required.
• Dress casual and bring along a jacket or sweater.
• Bathroom facilities are available on the island.
• Paid parking is located across the street in the "Green P" lot.
• Plan for at least four hours to fully experience this outing.

Getting Here

• Located in downtown Toronto, at the waterfront.
• Access via public transit from anywhere in Metro Toronto.
• Taxis are available to and from the area.
• Paid parking for cars and RVs located nearby.