Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today’s Groupon: for $85, you get a three-hour kayak tour of the Toronto Islands from Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre (a $125 value). This tour is only available Monday through Friday; you must call ahead to reserve a spot.
Slide into a tandem kayak and set out on a tide-taming tour of the Toronto Islands, courtesy of Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre. Before your kayak tour begins, you’ll get approximately 45–60 minutes of orientation, during which a member of Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre’s expert team of paddle-pushers and oar-overseers will introduce guests to the kayak and encourage everyone to “play nice.” Once orientation is over, guests will take to the glassy waters of the Toronto Islands archipelago for approximately three hours of serene sightseeing and calming current conquering. As kayaks weave in and out of the waterways of the 13 Toronto Islands, guests 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.
Located just outside Toronto, this tour allows its takers to escape the hustle and bustle of Canada’s most populous city for an afternoon of natural nourishment. Share fish recipes with a black-crowned night heron or discuss quantum chromodynamics with a belted kingfisher, all while you get ideal doses of exercise and fresh air.
Take a peek at the peaceful kayaking experience:
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, canoe 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.