Kayaking in Markham

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This serene wilderness getaway foregoes television and radios, supplying a sustainable escape from the physical stress constants of urban living with 40 kilometres of cross country ski trails, a wood heated sauna, and an outdoor hot tub. Each of Algonquin’s rooms, includes a double bed or two singles and is infused with a European charm. In the common lounge, meet fellow travellers recovering from technology induced eye ticks, or exercise vestigial legs by bicycling through Algonquin Park. An alternatively powered hot tub relaxes bodies and minds concerned with upsetting Mother Nature, and indoor plumbing is a welcome reminder of the world you've temporarily snubbed behind.

Moffat Pond
Algonquin,
ON
CA

Exclusive Sport Rentals’ 5,000-square-foot facility outfits adventurers of all ages for wintry outdoors recreation and competitive sports with late-model equipment rentals from a single day up to a full week. Prepare to thumb wrestle river gods with ice fishing gear such as powered augers, professional rods, sonar, and compact, portable weather shelters (starting at $9 for one-day rentals). Year-round riders tackle snowy terrain on C4 and J4 snow bikes, crafted with body-sensitive steering, full suspension, and lightweight aluminum frames ($59+ for one day). Adventurers of all skill levels can strap into Faber, MSR Lightning Ascents, and Tubbs snowshoes, tailored for novices and masters. With aerospace-grade aluminum blades, precise flotation, and traction, the shoes ($19 for one day) are suited for varied snow types and slow-motion chase sequences. For a sledding alternative, explore air boarding with nylon inflatable sleds, primed for sharp turns and stops controlled by shifts in riders’ bodies ($39+ for one day).

10 Planchet Road
Vaughan,
ON
CA

The team at Toronto Adventures create winter, summer, spring, or fall fun adventures by taking urbanites out of their condos and A-frames and into the area's nearby-yet-faraway outdoor streams, trails, and forests. In winter, the guides lead groups snowshoeing in the Humber Valley and Copeland Forest, and in warmer months, they glide teams over two rivers for kayaking and canoeing adventures. Paddlers cast gentle ripples over waters that harbour salmon and turtles while admiring shores that shelter deer, foxes, and blue heron.

Summer enthusiasts can also bask in the warm weather by sailing on Lake Ontario in keelboats, staring directly into the sun, or standing astride a paddleboard at Sunnyside Beach. For land lovers, guided hikes explore the Humber and Rouge valleys as well as the Bruce Trail. Toronto Adventures also offers adventure bus trips, dogsledding, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, and sailing.

2218 Bloor Street West
Toronto,
ON
CA

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.

283 Queens Quay West
Toronto,
ON
CA

Nomad Adventures folds fishing and paddling into one well-rounded experience. Established in 2007, the company specializes in guided fishing trips into Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and other local waterways, including the Niagara. The main reason Nomad can cover so many different waterways: its use of kayaks, which are able to squeeze into tight places much easier than boats. In the spring, the company's guides lead anglers onto the Great Lakes aboard these kayaks to track down brown trout, salmon, steelhead, and more; starting in July, they chase after trophy smallmouth bass. But trips aren't always in pursuit of fish. Nomad Adventures also offers paddling excursions, which explore the shorelines and offer watery views of the sunset.

8282 Wellington 18 Belwood
Fergus,
ON
CA

TOURS, LESSONS, RENTAL, SALES We are your one-stop kayaking destination in Southern Ontario. Our store on the banks of the Grand River is stocked with over 60 models of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. FREE test paddling every day ! Did you know ? We have your outdoor adventure clothing and gear. Come and see us.

2 Port Maitland Rd
Dunnville,
ON
CA