In a natural wharf provided by the Toronto Islands, Harbourfront Centre offers avenues to a world of unbroken horizons and wave-splashed winds. Along with education and licensing services and boat rentals, the knowledgeable navigators curate special events, such as a
'Gangways Open' and various fun filled corporate team sailing adventures.
Power- or sail-boaters with appropriate licensing and a completist's perspective on panoramas might pursue membership for multiple voyages. With rental options for all experience levels for power- or sail-boats and even yachts, Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating provides a sense of freedom otherwise accessible only to boat owners and their boats' wise-cracking GPS systems. For more information about Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating, watch this.
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 motor-yacht Obsession III provides public dinner cruises and private charters for almost 200 guests.
From the 360-degree observation deck that crowns both of Yankee Lady Yacht Charters' ships, passengers can look up at the staggering height of the CN Tower or let their gaze drift upon the horizon of Lake Ontario. These two ships—the Yankee Lady III and Yankee Lady IV—boast three floors that accommodate up to 300 party guests as the vessels cruise around Toronto Harbour and the lake. Whether public or private, fetes find passengers digging into buffets at linen-dressed tables and then floating out to the dance floor as a DJ spins tunes or an understudy DJ hums classic winter-weather advisories. For private occasions, hosts can customize their festivities with casino games, decorations, and song requests.
With more than 100 cruises to choose from, lunch and dinner cruises set sail on a route around the Toronto Islands, offering guests a view of Toronto's picturesque skyline, the tranquil islands and lagoons, harbourfront parks and beaches, and more. The lunch and dinner menu includes caesar salad, grilled chicken breast with homemade barbecue sauce, pasta primavera, and miniature tarts and cookies for dessert. A cash bar offers liquor, wine, and beer (not included with this Groupon), and the dinner cruise also features a DJ set with nightclub-style music and dancing. Additionally, Friday nights are a "80's Retro Dinner Party," while Saturday nights feature a "Disco Dinner Party."
Aboard a fleet of vessels that have cruised the Toronto Harbour for more than a quarter of a century, Toronto Harbour Tours converts landlocked guests into sightseeing day-sailors during scenic one-hour voyages. A licensed captain and crew colours each trip with informative narratives, casting entertaining facts into open ears while pointing out a continuous deluge of passing landmarks along the route. As tours drift by thriving parklands and across tranquil lagoons, Toronto's skyline glides into view to present passengers with unique opportunities to photograph the Skydome and the CN Tower's rippling Superman cape. During the summer, guests can disembark and explore Toronto Islands, catching a ride back to the mainland from another tour later in the day.
Since 1993, the instructors and coaches of Bayside Rowing Club have helped countless rowing students realize their dreams—including Olympic medals, world rowing championships, and full scholarships to Ivy League schools. Beginners of all ages can enroll in the learn 2 row program, where they learn the basics of rowing and sculling in the easy-to-navigate viking boats, viking hat not included. Long-term programs specifically for high-school students are also available, beginning with the junior learn 2 row course, open to students ages 11–17.