The best part of canoeing is the exhilaration of exploration, up until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real rivers with today's Groupon to Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre on Queen’s Quay West. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a sunset canoe tour for two on Thursday or Friday evening or a mid-day weekend voyageur canoe tour for two (a $107.35 value, including HST).
- For $65, you get a three-hour tandem kayak tour of the Toronto Islands Monday–Friday (a $145.77 value, including HST).
Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre slides aqua-curious explorers into tandem kayaks and canoes to set out on tide-taming tours of the Toronto Islands. The sunset and weekend voyageur canoe tours plunk paddlers into replicas of historic Voyageur canoes, highly stable vessels originally developed to transport goods. Tours venture toward placid lagoons and bird sanctuaries, where canoe captains can share fish recipes with a black-crowned night heron or discuss quantum chromodynamics with a belted kingfisher. Participants will also enjoy a one-hour break on Centre Island for hot chocolate. The sunset tour departs Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and lasts until sunset, and the weekend voyageur tour runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The three-hour kayaking tour held Monday–Friday begins as paddle pushers get approximately 45 to 60 minutes of orientation, during which an expert oar-overseer introduces guests to the kayak and encourages everyone to “play nice” and avoid incendiary conversation topics, such as the recent ban on eating matches. Adventurers then cut into the glassy waters of the Toronto Islands archipelago for approximately two hours of serene sightseeing and calming current conquering. As kayaks weave in and out of the waterways of the 13 Toronto Islands, navigators will learn about the area's history, its plant and animal denizens, and efforts underway to preserve and protect the environment of the islands from the sculling spirit of Ned Hanlan.
Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre
The setting sun paints streaks of warm colours across the sky and the CN Tower looms over the harbour as a group of kayakers paddle toward a secluded island. This juxtaposition of city and nature sets the tone for Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre's expeditions into Lake Ontario. During tours, their guides transport groups from the urban jungle of Canada's largest city to the natural environs of 13 Toronto Islands. Whether by kayak or stand up paddleboard, the tour leaders blaze a watery path toward lagoons and sanctuaries teeming with wildlife, such as egrets, turtles, and turtles doing egret impressions. Tours also pass by historic man-made sights such as The Gibraltar Lighthouse built in 1808.
In addition to guided excursions, Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre's experts schedule both private and group lessons for each of their watercraft types. They can help students obtain certification, or learn invaluable skills such as kayak rescue. The instructors also lead sessions at a pool, which lets students hone their skills regardless of weather conditions.