Lake cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a two-hour day tour aboard the Kajama from Great Lakes Schooner in Toronto Harbour (up to a $24.80 value, including HST).
Featured on CBS's The Amazing Race: Family Edition in 2005, the historic Kajama continues its 12-year Toronto Harbour sailing stint with open-water day tours. Built in Germany in 1930, the three-masted, gaff-rigged schooner flaunts its fully restored steel sides as it sails in its original profile. Patrons prepare for aquatic adventures during a 30-minute boarding. During the 90-minute excursion, guests can help the crew raise and lower the sails via rope rigging or tamed seagulls while soaking in the scenic views of Lake Ontario. Perform eyeball acrobatics on the Toronto skyline and Toronto Islands while sipping drinks from the licensed ship bar or sampling fresh fare from the on-board galley. The ship's cannon fires to mark the end of every day tour and the start of every circus-clown-battle re-enactment.
Kajama's crew members unfurl a deck-covering tarp in the event of rain, sleet, or salmon rebellion. As the ship docks in the centre of the Toronto Harbourfront, pre- and postsail guests can stroll to nearby CN Tower, Steam Whistle Brewery, and Queen's Quay Terminal. The Kajama departs and arrives in the midst of Harbourfront Centre's myriad festivities one to three times daily, from early May through Labour Day.
Great Lakes Schooner Company
The Kajama's white masts billow in the wind as its sharp prow cleaves the waters of Lake Ontario. The three-masted, gaff-rigged 164-foot schooner casts the same striking silhouette as it did 85 years ago during its first incarnation as a trade ship that sailed from Spain to Norway. Today, Great Lakes Schooner Company has restored the German-built schooner to its maiden-voyage splendour. Though they've preserved the boat's 1930s charm, they also retrofitted the Kajama for its daily tours with such amenities as a licensed bar and galley where cooks bring selections from their menu of pub fare to life. Additionally, the 96-foot three-mast Challenge boasts a full-service bar, and the 78-foot motor-yacht Obsession III — complete with spacious salon and retractable roof — provides public dinner cruises and private charters for almost 200 guests.
235 Queen's Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N5