7 ways to get on the water in Toronto

Summers in Toronto are lived on the water, but you don’t have to travel all the way to a cottage to do so. We have plenty of water activities for the whole family to take advantage of, right here in downtown Toronto.  Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s waterfront is the most convenient spot to soak up some sun. Here are a few ways to get on the water:

Paddle your way around the lake on a canoe, kayak or paddle board. Rentals are available at Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre, right beside Harbourfront Centre. If you’ve never tried, they also offer lessons.


283 Queens Quay West
(416) 203-2277

A striking 165-foot-long, 3-masted schooner built in 1930. The Kajama sails twice a day with morning and sunset harbour cruises or you can book it out for your own private event.  Enjoy the views of the harbour with some food and drinks, which you can order on board.


235 Queens Quay West
(416) 203-2322

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is a good workout and a peaceful way to roam around the island. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time. They offer lessons for newbies and rentals or SUP Yoga, SUP Eco-Tour or Night SUP Adventure for those wanting something more.


13 Algonquin Bridge Road, Ward’s Island 
(416) 899-1668

Sail the harbour on  a cruise ship, with spectacular views of the city skyline. Choose from a Dining Cruise, a 60-minute Sip & Sail cruises with drinks and light bites or charter for your own private function.


207 Queens Quay West, Pier 6
(866) 627-7672

Get on the water in style with your very own boat. You can rent a small powerboat from 1 to 5 people to rip around Lake Ontario, without needing any experience OR you can rent a bigger powerboat or pontoon for up to 10 people, with an experienced driver.


Harbourfront Centre, 275 Queens Quay West
(416) 203-3000

Go to the island in island style. The Tiki Taxi is a great alternative to the public ferry boats to get to and from the Toronto Islands. They operate custom-built “Tiki” themed boats, decorated with real bamboo, reclaimed wood, and realistic synthetic thatched roofing, making for a fun, tropical experience. Rides are $10 and you don’t need to book in advance. Dogs, strollers and bikes are free.


Spadina Avenue at Queens Quay West
(647) 347-TIKI

Ahoy Matey, all aboard the pirate ship, ok – taxi. Hop on the pirate-themed harbour taxi from the waterfront to the islands and back, but they also have private booking options so you can host your own pirate party for up to 12 people.


HTO Park and Harbourfront Centre
(416) 838-TAXI

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